Ben Gordon Officially Signs with Magic
Well we knew it was coming following the elimination of the free agent moratorium period, but the Orlando Magic have officially signed Ben Gordon. The team didn’t release terms of the deal, but we know it’s a 2-year, $9 million contract. The second year of the deal is a team option. Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan discussed the signing:
“Ben (Gordon) brings valuable experience to our team,” said Hennigan. “His competitiveness and ability to score and stretch the floor adds versatility to our backcourt and overall roster. We are excited to welcome Ben to the Orlando Magic family.”
The 6′ 3″ guard from UCONN played in 19 games last season with Charlotte, averaging 5.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg, and 1.1 apg in 14.7 minutes per contest. He’s being brought in for his 3-point shooting and scoring, but his season-high last year was 12 points. Ben was the 3rd overall selection in the 2004 NBA Draft. Gordon has played in 688 career games having averages of 15.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, and 2.6 apg while shooting 40.2 3PT% in his 10-year career. Ben was the recipient of the Sixth Man Award in the 2004-2005 campaign, becoming the first rookie in league history to win the honor. Gordon will wear the #7 jersey which was last worn by J.J. Redick.
Channing Frye is next.