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Orlando Magic sign free agent Jason Williams

Posted Aug 19 2009 11:09PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Orlando Magic have announced signing free agent guard Jason Williams.

General Manager Otis Smith said Wednesday that Williams will provide depth and leadership to the team's backcourt. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Williams retired in September 2008 after playing a season for the Miami Heat, where he average 8.8 points per game. He did not play the 2008-09 season.

Williams was a first-round draft pick and seventh overall in 1998. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team that season.

Williams has played in 679 career NBA regular season games with Sacramento, Memphis and Miami. He has also played in 53 career playoff games.

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