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Duhon greets his move to Orlando as a relief

ORLANDO — It was only fitting Chris Duhon officially joined the Magic on Thursday, the same day his former team had spent two-plus seasons preparing to sign a free agent.

Just not him.

Duhon partly blamed his struggles with the Knicks on the constant roster shuffling and uncertainty as they cleared cap space in hopes of luring LeBron James, which didn't happen.

"It was kind of tough," Duhon said of his time with the Knicks. "Going into it, their main focus was (Thursday night). There were times we had good chemistry going with a couple guys, and all of a sudden there are trades. They were focusing on this free agency period."

Orlando agreed to sign Duhon to a $15 million, four-year deal to play behind Jameer Nelson.

"I want an opportunity to win. I know Orlando is knocking on the door to win a championship," Duhon said.

Trades: The Thunder acquired the draft rights to Cole Aldrich (11th overall) and veteran forward Mo Peterson from the Hornets in exchange for the rights to forward Craig Brackins (21st) and guard Quincy Pondexter (26th). … The Bucks traded the draft rights to second-round pick Jerome Jordan (44th), a 7-foot-1 center, to the Knicks for cash considerations. … Guard Kirk Hinrich and first-round pick Kevin Seraphin (17th) were traded to the Wizards by the Bulls, mainly for cap space. The Bulls got the rights to forward Vladimir Veremeenko, a 2006 second-round pick.

Bucks: First-round pick Larry Sanders (15th) signed a standard rookie contract that guarantees him $3.59 million for the next two years.

Bulls: The sign-and-trade with the Jazz for two-time All-Star forward Carlos Boozer is a five-year deal worth roughly $75 million, according to various reports.

Celtics: GM Danny Ainge said he expects to sign free agent center Jermaine O'Neal to fill in while Kendrick Perkins recovers from knee surgery. As for Ainge's reaction to Miami getting LeBron James to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh? "We're the Eastern Conference champions. And we think we're going to be better next year."

Grizzlies: Forward Rudy Gay signed a five-year, $82 million contract.

Hawks: All-Star guard Joe Johnson officially signed a six-year, $123.7 million deal, his agent said.

Kings: Center-forward Hassan Whiteside, a second-round pick (33rd), agreed to terms, which were not disclosed.

Knicks: Amare Stoudemire's agent said the team will complete a sign-and-trade arrangement with the Suns, giving the All-Star forward a five-year deal worth about $100 million.

Lakers: Veteran guard Steve Blake signed a four-year, $16 million deal.

Mavs: Center Brendan Haywood agreed to a $55 million, six-year contract to return, the Associated Press reported.

Nets: The team reached an agreement with free agent forward Travis Outlaw on a five-year, $35 million deal, the AP reported.

Duhon greets his move to Orlando as a relief 07/08/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 9, 2010 7:18am]
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