With training camp looming around the corner, the Orlando Magic today announced the signings of point guard Armon Johnson and wing DeQuan Jones to fill out the team's preseason roster.
The signings of Johnson and Jones were made necessary because offseason surgeries will sideline point guard Ish Smith and wing Moe Harkless for the entire month of October.
Johnson, who is 6 feet 3, was a second-round draft pick in 2010. He played a total of 47 regular-season games for the Portland Trail Blazers and the former New Jersey Nets during the past two NBA seasons.
He gives the Magic a third healthy point guard for the preseason, behind Jameer Nelson and E'Twaun Moore. Johnson's presence will help the Magic run more five-on-five drills in practice and should ensure that Nelson isn't overworked during the preseason.
Jones, a former Miami Hurricane, played four games for the Magic in July's summer league, averaging 6.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
The two signings bring the Magic's roster to 19 players. Johnson's and Jones' contracts almost certainly are not guaranteed for the upcoming season.
A team can have no more than 15 players on its roster when the regular season begins.
The Magic will hold their annual media day Monday and begin training camp Tuesday at Amway Center.
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