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Orlando Magic Media Availability: Magic Introduce Chris Duhon

At halftime of their summer-league game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Orlando Magic introduced top free-agent signee Chris Duhon to the media. Here are the highlights:

  • GM Otis Smith presented Duhon a no. 25 jersey with Duhon's name on the back, as well as a black Magic ballcap. Duhon is the third player in Magic history to wear no. 25, after Nick Anderson and Chris Gatling.

  • Duhon said Smith called Ken Bradbury, his agent, on July 1st, the first day of the free-agent negotiating period. When Bradbury told Duhon that the Magic called, Duhon said he told Bradbury to get the deal done if at all possible.

  • The Magic recruited Duhon heavily when he was last a free agent, in 2008. Duhon signed with the New York Knicks instead, for more money and the chance to start. Duhon said it was the right choice for him at that point in his career, and that playing in New York "helped me grow as a person and as a player."

  • Duhon said he was "a little surprised" the Magic were still interested in him this year, but that he is "excited" and "very interested" by the opportunity.

  • When asked about what appealed to him about the Magic, Duhon said he liked the pick-and-roll offense. He also said the opportunity to play for coach Stan Van Gundy, who "stresses defense," in Duhon's words, piqued his interest.

  • Finally, Duhon said he is familiar with Jameer Nelson, whom he'll back up in Orlando, from playing Under-21 ball with him in college. He also knows Dwight Howard, with whom he attended the Rookie Transition Program in 2004. Though Duhon played with J.J. Redick at Duke, he says he has not spoken to him since agreeing to sign with the Magic.