Thursday, July 27, 2006

Former Bruin Ariza Re-Signs With Magic

By Bruin Basketball Report

Former UCLA Bruin Trevor Ariza has re-signed with the Orlando Magic. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Ariza, a restricted free agent, played in 57 games with both the Magic and New York last season, averaging 4.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game.

He was traded to Orlando by the Knicks in February 2006, along with the expiring contract of Anfernee Hardaway, in exchange for Steve Francis.

“We are very pleased to bring Trevor back, as he is a key part of our young core,” General Manager Otis Smith said. “His athleticism and explosiveness will be a great asset to our team on both ends of the floor.”

“Trevor is a young player with a bright future and we are excited to have re-signed him,” added Head Coach Brian Hill. “He has the ability to be a shutdown-type defender and will add to the versatility of our team.”

Ariza was originally selected by New York in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2002 NBA draft.


(photo credit: AP)


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