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Friday, August 05, 2005

Magic Will Waive Doug Christie

From Tim Povtak at the Orlando Journal Sentinel:

With no trading partners in sight, the Orlando Magic will waive disgruntled guard Doug Christie in the next couple of days under the NBA's amnesty clause to free up a roster spot and avoid paying $8.2 million to the league in luxury taxes.
Although the Magic declined to comment on the waiver, NBA sources in New York confirmed the upcoming transaction.
Christie still must be paid the $8.2 million he is owed in the final year of his contract, but he will be allowed to re-sign with another team. Franchises exceeding the tax threshold ($61.7 million this season) must pay a dollar-for-dollar tax to the league.
The amnesty waiver can be used only once by each team during the league's newly approved six-year collective bargaining agreement with the players.
Without Christie on the roster, the Magic still will exceed the tax threshold by a few million dollars this season if, as expected, they sign another front-court player in the coming weeks.
The waiving of Christie will put an end to his brief, bizarre stay with the Magic. Christie, 35, grudgingly came in a trade with the Sacramento Kings last season for Cuttino Mobley, but he never was happy and quickly alienated his teammates.
With nagging bone spurs in his left ankle, he left the team without telling anyone shortly after he was taken out of the starting lineup.
He played only 21 games for the Magic, averaging 5.7 points and 2.2 assists in 25.2 minutes per game.
He then demanded another trade, saying he wanted to return to the West Coast.


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