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Magic thinks Price is right, pays with Shaw, Vaughn

Looking to add more scoring to its ranks before the season opens Friday, the Magic acquired veteran guard Mark Price from the Golden State Warriors on Monday in exchange for guard Brian Shaw and center David Vaughn.

Price, entering his 12th season, is one of the league's best pure shooters. The longtime Cleveland guard, who played briefly in Washington before joining the Warriors, averaged 11.3 points last season for Golden State, where he shared the point-guard duties with Bimbo Coles and B.J. Armstrong.

In Orlando, Price will back up 36-year-old Derek Harper at point guard and give the Magic perhaps its best perimeter scorer behind Penny Hardaway.

Price, the NBA's career leader in free-throw percentage (.907), won the 1993 Long Distance Shootout and last season had a season-high 32 points against Houston, which included 5-of-6 shooting from three-point range.

That's just the kind of outside shooting the Magic lacked this preseason. The team averaged 91 points in going 4-4.

The Magic began negotiating a deal for Price in the past few weeks but couldn't reach an agreement until Monday.

"We're excited to get a player of Mark's experience," general manager John Gabriel said. "He is an excellent shooter and will add to our offensive attack."

Although Price is 33 and his scoring has declined steadily the past few years, the Magic is convinced he can be a solid contributor.

"Mark Price can definitely still shoot it," said Magic guard Gerald Wilkins, who played with Price in Cleveland. "And he is one of the best in the business at running the pick and roll."

Shaw didn't play much during the preseason because of an injured left ankle but averaged 7.2 points and 4.1 assists last season. Vaughn was hardly used since being the Magic's first-round pick in the 1995 draft.

The Warriors also waived forwards Larry Stewart and Antonio Lang and guards Issac Burton and Dell Demps.

MONDAY'S GAMES: Larry Johnson scored 25 points as the New York Knicks beat Dallas 93-74. The Knicks' John Starks sat out with an ankle sprain, leading to speculation he would be traded, but Starks said he hadn't heard anything. Jayson Williams' 22 points led New Jersey over Toronto 127-104. Jeff Hornacek and Bryon Russell each scored 15 points as Utah beat Phoenix 98-89.

BARKLEY CASE: Jorge Lugo, the Orlando bar patron thrown through a window by Charles Barkley, is considering suing the Rockets star, his attorney said. Lugo, 20, sustained a cut to his upper right arm and was being evaluated for a possible head injury.

Barkley was charged with aggravated battery and resisting arrest without violence. Witnesses said Lugo threw ice and a glass at a table where Barkley was sitting, but Lugo's attorney, Mark NeJame, said Lugo did not throw ice or a glass.

OVERSEAS OFFICES: The league will open promotion offices in Italy and Germany next year.

_ Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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