Orlando Magic Sign Chris Duhon to a Four Year, $15 Million Contract | Magic Basketball

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Jul 06

Source: Orlando Magic to Sign Chris Duhon to a Four Year, $15 Million Contract

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Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

Otis Smith’s persistent interest and the Orlando Magic’s chance to win now helped lead Chris Duhon to reach an agreement with the defending Southeast Division champions, Duhon’s agent, Kevin Bradbury, told the Orlando Sentinel minutes ago. [...]

The agreement — first reported by ESPN.com’s Chad Ford — is for $15 million over four years, Bradbury said. Teams can’t officially sign free agents to deals until 12:01 Thursday morning, and Bradbury said he expects the deal to signed and finalized on Thursday.

Chris Duhon played alongside J.J. Redick at Duke during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 college seasons.

“He’s already friends with Jameer [Nelson] and Dwight [Howard] and also J.J. from their days at Duke,” Bradbury said. ”He knows some other guys on the team, too. So, I feel that he thinks he’s a good fit. He’s coming into a situation where the team’s a winner and he’s coming into a role where he feels like he can help out.”

Tomorrow, check back for analysis on the Duhon signing.

15 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Mikeyho

... especially if the Heat land LeBron James to complete the trio.

Mikeyho
Mikeyho

I like the length. He should be useful for all four years and, as mentioned, finally gets us a back-up point for longer than a year. Like most players, if he gets minutes, he should be better playing with Dwight. I say this is fair and that they're still a very good team but have other, bigger needs to work out before free agency is over.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Jim

It was inevitable, given Williams' age. Change was going to occur, though many people (including myself) didn't expect the Magic to sign Duhon.

@hulKK

I agree with @Billy (slickw143). Four years and $15 million isn't cheap for a back-up point guard. Blake got similar money with the Lakers, but he might be starting with them so that's an economical signing for them. Duhon's contract is "cheap" when you consider that he got paid the full MLE with the Knicks, but it's still a tad too much for him. And I'm not convinced that Duhon is an upgrade over Williams. On the contrary, it's a downgrade when you compare how Duhon and Williams performed in the regular season this year.

As for Williams, he isn't coming back. Not at the veteran's minimum (which is more than $900K for him, by the way). Williams can get more money with the Heat, which is probably where he'll ultimately land when it's all said and done.

@Sawbonz

Blake would have been a better option, but the Magic aren't necessarily missing out because they weren't able to sign him.

@JoeybarZ

Too early to tell. I don't think it's fair to judge Duhon before he's played a game with the Magic. To say Duhon sucks is a bit much.

@Thomas

It's not a terrible signing ... not when comparing what the Timberwolves gave Darko Milicic. THAT'S the definition of an awful move.

This is a warning, by the way. No profanity. Thanks.

JoeybarZ
JoeybarZ

Ummm okkaayy... Anyways duhon sucks... He is below average shooter, sub par player and as of today vastly overpaid.... Where are the positives...

hulKK
hulKK

Just becuz you sit in a garage doesnt make you a car.

JoeybarZ
JoeybarZ

No, nobody here watches basketball... Nobody is interested in the sport whatsoever... We just frequent basketball blogs for no reason... And if we play or not really doesn't make duhon a good pick up nor an economically wise pick up...

hulKK
hulKK

WOW! I see no one here watches basketball much.

@Billy (slickw143)
And that is VERY cheap considering he could have signed for more somewhere else and been a starter. Does anybody who comments on these stories really watch/play basketball? This is my last comment *smh*

JoeybarZ
JoeybarZ

Just youtubed him hoping to see something to settle my stomach... Results were as followed... Lebron blocks the hell outta duhon, duhon gets crossed up, duhon gets ankles broke, duhons crib, duhon dives for lose ball... Oh yippie... 15 millions dollars could be used much more ummmm efficiently if you ask me...

Thomas
Thomas

This would have been a horrible signing even for 2 years. Oh well.

JoeybarZ
JoeybarZ

Chris Duhon... Seriously... I hope I'm wrong but I really don't see any good coming out of this... Sub par player in every sense of the word....

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

@hulKK

4 years for most of the MLE is not very cheap for a back-up PG...

Sawbonz
Sawbonz

J. Will may be starting for Miami. With all the bucks that's teams have under the cap, he won't be going cheaper. There is a shortage of PG. Would have preferred that they signed Steve Blake before LA did.

hulKK
hulKK

Also, this deal upgrades the back-up PG position A LOT! Duhon is younger and is a better defender than J. Will. PLUS this means we don't have to bring back Anthony Johnson who made 2 million as a 3rd string PG, last yr. J. Williams can now take that 3rd string position as a player/mentor with championship experience for a lot less money. About 900k.

And I'm gona go ahead and say it; I think the Magic are gonna sign Ewing Jr. AND he's going to have a significant impact on their season. *shoulder shrugs*

hulKK
hulKK

I love this! I didn't think the Knicks would let him go. Chris has good sized, high basketball IQ and is an ok shooter (streaky). He's a solid veteran back-up, PG and most importantly it looks like the Magic got him VERY cheap. I also think he's an underrated defender. They should have signed him about 2 yrs ago and I still think they should have drafted him to back-up Jameer back in 04'................SN: Ewing Jr. is looking pretty good in this summer league. Hmmmmmm........

Jim
Jim

Another year, another new backup PG for the Magic. Might as well stick to tradition, I guess.