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07-17-2002, 04:03 PM
Magic sign free agent G Jacque Vaughn
July 17, 2002

ORLANDO, FLORIDA (TICKER) -- Fully expecting to lose Troy Hudson, the Orlando Magic on Wednesday signed free agent point guard Jacque Vaughn.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Magic moved quickly on the first day of the free agency signing period to add Vaughn, who averaged 6.6 points and 4.3 assists in 82 games for the Atlanta Hawks last season.

"What impresses me about Jacque is his speed and ability to run a team," Magic coach Doc Rivers said. "He is young, but has gained some valuable experience in his five years in the league. His ability, experience and this opportunity should lead to an outstanding season."

Vaughn, 27, averaging 7.4 points and 7.1 assists in 16 starts with the Hawks and tied for 14th in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (349-112).

"It's a great day for me. It's a great time in my life," said Vaughn who signed as a free agent with Atlanta last July after spending the first four years of his career stuck behind John Stockton in Utah. "What more could a person ask? You get to play for a coach, who not only had a successful career, but he played the point guard position.

"In addition, you get to play with a group of guys that every time they step on the court their objective is to win and play together. For me, this is a perfect situation."

Vaughn will probably back up Darrell Armstrong at point guard and play more than 20 minutes a game. That was the role filled by Hudson, who is expected to draw plenty of interest in the free agent market after averaging 11.7 points last season.

The 6-1 Vaughn will not be able to provide instant offense like Hudson, but is regarded as a better floor leader.

"I think I bring a lot of things to the table," Vaughn said. "A whole lot of intensity, intangibles also that show up in the locker room and out on the court and I have a knack of getting to know each guy on an individual basis, knowing what they like to do on and off the court. As a point guard that's my job and I bring that asset to the table."

Vaughn has appeared in 200 consecutive games, the eighth-longest active streak in the NBA. Last season, he scored a career-high 20 points in a March 31 game against Sacramento.

A first-round pick of Utah in 1997, Vaughn has averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists in 15.9 minutes in 306 career games.