SOUND THE ALARMS! BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES! BRACE YOURSELF FOR IMPACT! THE ORLANDO MAGIC HAVE SIGNED ANOTHER FREE AGENT!
Okay so it’s really not all that exciting. In fact it might just be what the picture of boring is in the dictionary, the Orlando Magic signed mop top, pale as a ghost, decrepit old man and journeyman point guard Luke Ridnour. One thing this signing does is confirm that Orlando’s post draft strategy was to add shooting and NBA experience, see: Gordon, Ben, Frye, Channing and Ridnour. In the cases of Ridnour and Gordon one could make the argument the strategy included overpaying players past their prime. Now where does Luke Ridnour fit on the current Magic squad?
Sporting career averages of 9.6 points and 4.6 assists per game, and 35 percent from three, Ridnour is your stereotypical coaches kid. He makes smart decisions with the ball and is a respectable shooter but he’s white so he’s not athletic enough to defend well on the perimeter (YAY MORE STEREOTYPES (that are true)). Orlando already has one and a half point guards on their roster in Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo (Sorry Vic, still don’t buy it), so you’d have to expect Ridnour to be the third point guard on the depth chart and will only play if injuries occur.
With all that said is a decent signing if you see it in these terms: A) He’s WAYYYYYYYY better than Ronnie Price. (Nothing against Ronnie Price but he can’t run an offense) B) His decision making is solid and he’ll likely be able to help Elfrid and Vic learn how to run an offense more effectively. C) This is basically a one-year deal and doesn’t affect future cap space.
Now here’s where this signing could get interesting: say Orlando ends up not liking what they see from Ben Gordon; the Magic could move Oladipo to full-time shooting guard, which could open up playing time for Ridnour. This signing definitely isn’t the most exciting thing that happened to the Magic this off-season and hopefully it won’t end up being important but you definitely can’t complain about upgrading on the talent pool from the previous season.