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Orlando Magic Invite Larry Hughes, Gabe Pruitt to Training Camp, Per Reports

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The Orlando Magic have invited guards Larry Hughes and Gabe Pruitt to training camp, which is set to begin Monday, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears and SB Nation's Scott Schroeder.

It's an opportunity for both players to return to the NBA level, as neither played in the NBA in the 2010/11 season. Hughes split the 2009/10 season between the New York Knicks and Charlotte Bobcats, averaging 9.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.2 steals per game on a ghastly 35.5 percent shooting from the field. In his seven-team, 12-year career, Hughes has averaged 14.2 points, 4.2 boards, 3.2 assists, and 1.5 steals.

Notably, Hughes played alongside Magic guard Gilbert Arenas with both the Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards, even donning uniform number 0 with the Bobcats in his honor. He's also one of the seven players to score 40-plus points against the Magic since Stan Van Gundy took over as head coach, dropping 40 on Orlando in February 2008.

Pruitt played two seasons with the Boston Celtics, who made him the 32nd pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. The former USC Trojan played sparingly with Boston, making just 62 appearances before falling out of the league. A defensive-minded point guard with good size--he's listed at 6-foot-4--Pruitt struggled offensively in the NBA, averaging 2 points per game on 32.1 percent shooting. He fared much better in the NBA D-League, with career averages of 13.4 points, 2.9 boards, 3.2 assists, and 1.6 steals on 43.9 percent shooting.

Neither Hughes nor Pruitt seems terribly likely to make the Magic's final roster out of training camp, but of the two, Hughes offers the most intrigue; Orlando could do far worse than Hughes for its sixth guard position.

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