The 10 worst free agent signings in Orlando Magic history
9. Luke Ridnour
2 years, $5.5 million in 2014
Luke Ridnour played his last game with the Orlando Magic, but the franchise was not the final stop of his NBA journey. Not even close.
Long pivoting between starter and backup, the guard signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Magic in 2014. He was coming off the worst season of his career, split between the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Bobcats and seemed to be approaching the end of his playing days.
Ridnour exclusively came off the bench in the 2015 season. He averaged a lowly four points and two assists per game in 47 contests. The end was definitely nigh.
Then, something kind of fun happened — well, fun to everyone except Ridnour, one could imagine. His contract became a hot potato and he was traded . . . then traded again . . . and again . . . and again. Four trades in a span of only six days, before he was ultimately waived by the last of his acquirers, the Toronto Raptors.
After all of that movement, Ridnour decided to stay still and skip the 2016 season, the second year of his two-year pact with the Magic. At the end of that season, he retired.
It is probably safe to say that the way things ended in Orlando were much more memorable for fans of the team than Ridnour’s production on the court.