After signing second round pick Devyn Marble on Thursday, the Orlando Magic made the signing of Luke Ridnour official Friday afternoon. It was reported last week that the team would be signing the veteran point guard. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Ridnour, 33, has been in the league 11 years, most recently with the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets. Over 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.
The move makes a lot of sense for the Magic. The deal is short and doesn’t put a strain on their cap moving forward. It also gives them the back-up point guard they so desperately need. While Ridnour isn’t the flashiest of players, he’s a solid, hard working point guard who will undoubtedly help rookie Elfrid Payton grow.
General Manager Rob Hennigan has said multiple times that he doesn’t want his team to be too old or too young, and bringing in Ridnour proves that. Ridnour, along with Channing Frye, Ben Gordon and Willie Green will bring the veteran leadership the Magic needed after parting ways with Nelson, Price, Jason Maxiell and Arron Afflalo earlier this offseason.
While unclear what his role will be, one could assume the former Oregon Duck will see limited playing time this season. The Magic have Payton, a first round pick this year, Victor Oladipo, Gordon and Evan Fournier as players who can handle the ball and initiate the offense if need be. I would imagine the bulk of Ridnour’s minutes will come due to a mix of injuries, foul trouble or even potentially poor play from the other guards the Magic have on the roster.
In short, this is a low risk move for the Magic, and one that could end up paying big dividends in the growth of some of their young players. This move almost assuredly puts an end to any moves the Magic will make prior to training camp, as the roster will sit at it’s full allotment of 15 players.