Ridnour has played in over 780 games in the NBA, including 61 games last season with the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets). The Bucks sent Ridnour and Gary Neal to Charlotte in exchange for Jeff Adrien and Ramon Sessions in February. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan and head coach Jacque Vaughn hope that Ridnour’s 10 years of experience in the NBA will help develop the young players on the roster.
“We’re extremely excited to welcome Luke (Ridnour) and his family to Orlando,” said Hennigan in a press release. “Luke is a proven player in this league who is well-respected as a teammate and competitor. The depth and veteran experience he will provide to our backcourt will help our team continue to grow.”
Ridnour says some of his mentors when he first entered the NBA were Brent Barry and Ray Allen. He will now get a chance to mentor the young guys on the Magic roster, which include 11 players between the ages of 18-24. After trading Arron Afflalo and waiving Jameer Nelson, Jason Maxiell and Ronnie Price Hennigan’s focus this past month has been to acquire veterans to help guide the young team. Since July 1, the Magic have added Ben Gordon and Channing Frye through free agency and claimed Willie Green off waivers in late June.
The Magic’s young core includes Victor Oladipo, 22, Maurice Harkless, 21, Dewayne Dedmon, 24, Evan Fournier, 21, Aaron Gordon, 18, Elfrid Payton, 20, Tobias Harris, 22, Devyn Marble, 21, Kyle O’Quinn, 24, Andrew Nicholson, 24 and Nikola Vucevic, 23. While the Magic’s veterans consist of Channing Frye, 31, Ben Gordon, 31, Willie Green, 32 and Ridnour, 33.
With all 15 roster spots filled up the Magic will most likely remain quiet for the remainder of the offseason.
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