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Report: Magic signing Luke Ridnour to two-year contract

Jul 16, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

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The Orlando Magic’s curious offseason continues.

First, they drafted Aaron Gordon (No. 4) and traded up from No. 12 to No. 10 to get Elfrid Payton. For the record, I would have taken Dante Exum and stayed at No. 12 to take Gary Harris. But which players a rebuilding team drafts is just a matter of preference – hardly worth getting worked up over.

Since, though, Orlando’s offseason has turned downright strange. The Magic – who went 23-59 with a young roster – just keep adding players in their 30s:

They’re sticking with the trend in 33-year-old Luke Ridnour.

Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest:

These four are, at minimum, decent players who will bump Orlando up the standings. However, they were 15 games out of the playoffs last season. Slight upticks likely aren’t going to get Orlando much beyond worse lottery odds. Even in the lowly East, the Magic are a playoff longshot.

Yes, Orlando must hit the salary floor, but there are better strategies for filling payroll. Until Ridnour’s contract figures come in, I can’t say exactly how the Magic did here, but their repeated targeting of older players is curious at best.

On the bright side, maybe the lottery format will change and grant Orlando better lottery odds relative to its better record. If the Magic get really lucky, maybe they’ll stumble into the playoffs, lose in the first round and stunt their long-term growth.

  1. zickhead - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Wow, this Henne guy. One great move after another (joke)

  2. csbanter - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Luke Ridnour. smh. I guess you have to get a backup point guard from somewhere. This Magic team will be lucky to win 30 games.

  3. rrhoe - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Sounds like their GM needs to be drug tested.

  4. themagicfanguy - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Oh look, fat internet GMs don’t like Hennigan. I’m sure Hennigan feels terrible about that.

    • patfic5 - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      Stop hiding behind that alias, Hennigan!

  5. patfic5 - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Well, good news is they may get the number 1 pick next year.

  6. milkcan44 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    They love him in Milwaukee – he’d be more valuable than OJ Mayo unless OJ has a brain transplant.

  7. charlescub80 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Has anyone seen anything like this???

  8. campcouch - Jul 17, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    I have a feeling that the Magic is about to be sold or handed over to the NBA. They’re filling roster spots and not building a team.

  9. motobus - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    The roster actually looks pretty decent.

  10. scoochpooch - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    How is this guy still playing in the NBA?

  11. scoochpooch - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    How is this guy still playing in the NBA? I can’t believe it.

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