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Friday, July 07, 2006

Magic Sign Redick

From Sportsline.com:

The Orlando Magic signed top pick J.J. Redick on Friday.

The former Duke star and all-time NCAA 3-point leader announced just before the draft June 28 that he had a herniated disk in his back, forcing him to cancel several workouts -- including one with the Magic.

He has said he expects a full recovery and has been pain-free in rehabilitation. The Magic were comfortable taking him No. 11 overall after a physical and interviews before the draft. Redick's agent, Arn Tellem, didn't immediately return a telephone message Friday night.

The 6-foot-4 guard has also said he hopes to play during the U.S. basketball team's workouts later this month in Las Vegas. Redick was one of 23 players named to the team, most of them NBA stars.

The Magic chose Redick despite a drunken driving arrest in Durham, N.C., last month. He was pulled over after turning around as he approached a license checkpoint near the Duke campus, registering a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent -- over the legal limit of 0.08 in North Carolina.

Redick is expected to compete for the starting shooting guard job with DeShawn Stevenson. Though Stevenson recently became a free agent after opting out of his contract, the Magic want to re-sign him.

Stevenson averaged 11 points last year, but was perhaps most important to the Magic as a defensive specialist who drew the toughest assignments. Redick, a pure shooter, is considered a potential defensive liability.


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