After waiving both Jameer Nelson and Ronnie Price earlier this month, it was clear the Magic would be in the market for a point guard. With rookie Elfrid Payton as the only true point guard on the roster, the Magic had to make a move. Ridnour will bring another veteran player to the young Magic roster, and someone who can help groom and Payton.
Ridnour, 33, has been in the league 11 years, most recently with the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets. In his 11 years, Ridnour has averaged 9.6 points and 4.6 assists per game while splitting time between starting and coming off the bench. Ridnour is a career 43.1 percent shooter, while knocking down 35.0 percent of his attempts from three.
General manager Rob Hennigan has said multiple times that he doesn’t want his team to be too old, or too young, but rather try to find a nice balance in-between. With the acquisitions of Ridnour, along with Channing Frye, Ben Gordon and Willie Green, the Magic have a solid group of veterans to help the younger players on the roster continue to grow.
Terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed.