Magic Sign Chris Johnson

By John Denton
October 9, 2012

ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic’s roster swelled to 20 players on Tuesday when the team reached a free-agent deal with small forward Chris Johnson.

The 6-foot-6, 201-pounder will give the Magic some depth during training camp while Arron Afflalo (hamstring strain), Al Harrington (knee surgery), Moe Harkless (sports hernia), Christian Eyenga (strained hamstring) and Ish Smith (shoulder surgery) recover from injuries.

Johnson was waived by the Los Angeles Clippers last week. He averaged 10.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 138 career games at the University of Dayton. He was named the NIT Most Valuable Player in 2010 and he was a four-time Atlantic 10 Conference honoree.

The Magic, 0-1 this preseason after losing 85-80 to the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday in Mexico City, host the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the home opener at the Amway Center.

The Magic open the regular season on Nov. 2 at home against the Denver Nuggets. Orlando will have to cut its roster to 15 players by Nov. 1. The Magic signed forward DeQuan Jones and Armon Johnson to free-agent deals a day before the start of training camp.

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