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    Veteran Ridnour signs with Orlando

  • When Luke Ridnour joined the Seattle SuperSonics as a rookie in 2003, veterans Brent Barry and Ray Allen helped him make the transition to the NBA.
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  • When Luke Ridnour joined the Seattle SuperSonics as a rookie in 2003, veterans Brent Barry and Ray Allen helped him make the transition to the NBA.
    "It's crazy how fast it goes," said Ridnour, a former University of Oregon star. "And now I'm that guy for some younger guys."
    The Orlando Magic hope Ridnour can influence second-year guard Victor Oladipo and rookie guard Elfrid Payton just like Barry and Allen helped him 11 years ago.
    The Magic signed Ridnour, a pass-first point guard, to a two-year contract Friday.
    Ridnour's salary for the upcoming season is fully guaranteed, while his salary for 2015-16 is non-guaranteed.
    Team officials want the 33-year-old to provide backcourt depth.
    "I had a lot of offers," Ridnour said. "They were the most interested from the start, I think. It's an opportunity just to come out here and help the young guys get better and be a part of something that they're building here. My family was really excited to get out to some warm weather. You know, that helps. They're excited; that helped me make my decision, too.
    "I'm excited about it. I know where I'm at. I'm kind of heading that way towards the end of (my career)."
    Ridnour is the fourth player the Magic have added this offseason who is at least 30 years old, joining power forward Channing Frye, shooting guard Ben Gordon, and shooting guard Willie Green.
    Everyone else on the roster is 24 years old or younger.
    Ridnour played against coach Jacque Vaughn back when Vaughn played in the NBA.
    "He was feisty, a good defender," Ridnour said.
    Now, Ridnour will be expected to serve as an extension of Vaughn.
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