Orlando acquires Doug Christie

The Orlando Magic have acquired guard Doug Christie from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for guard Cuttino Mobley and forward Michael Bradley.Christie (6’6”, 205, 5/9/70) has played and started in 31 games this season for Sacramento, averaging 7.3 ppg., 4.9 apg., 4.0 rpg. and 1.39 stlpg. in 32.1 minpg. He has led (or tied) the Kings in assists nine times, scored in double figures in 10 outings and has at least one steal in 21 games (13 with two-or-more). Christie currently ranks among NBA leaders in assists (T-29th), steals (T-29th) and free throw percentage (10th, .893, 50-of-56).

“We felt that Doug (Christie) was a perfect fit for the chemistry of our team right now,” said Weisbrod. “He’s a tremendous passer and defender, he’s accustomed to playing in an up-tempo offense and he brings valuable playoff experience. Cuttino (Mobley) is a very difficult piece to give up – one of my favorite people – but we needed to use our depth at shooting guard to fill the areas in which we’re deficient.”

Christie has been named to the NBA All-Defensive First or Second Team for four consecutive seasons (First Team in 2002-03; Second Team in 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2003-04). He has ranked among the NBA’s top five in steals in seven of the last eight seasons and is the only player to rank in the top five in each of the past four campaigns. Entering this season, Christie ranked 17th on the league’s all-time steals average leaders.

Originally selected by Seattle in the first round (17th overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft, Christie has played in 792 career games with the L.A. Lakers, New York, Toronto and Sacramento, averaging 11.5 ppg., 4.2 rpg., 3.7 apg. and 1.90 stlpg. in 31.9 minpg. He has also appeared in 58 career playoff outings, averaging 9.5 ppg., 4.9 rpg., 3.8 apg. and 1.60 stlpg. in 32.7 minpg.

Mobley played in 23 games (21 starts) for the Magic this season, averaging 16.0 ppg., 2.7 rpg., 1.8 apg. and 1.00 stlpg. in 31.6 minpg. He led the Magic and ranks fourth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.464, 58-of-125). Mobley was acquired from Houston as part of a seven-player trade on June 29, 2004.

Bradley has appeared in eight games with Orlando, averaging 0.8 ppg. and 1.8 rpg. in 6.9 minpg. He has been on the Injured List and missed 17 games this season (Nov. 12-Dec. 6; Jan. 1-8) due to a strained right hamstring.

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