Magic sign free agent center Smith to fortify front court

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Orlando Magic have taken a step to improve their front court play by signing free agent center Jason Smith.

Smith's addition was announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 7-footer is known for his ability to shoot mid-range jumpers and will be called upon to help improve the Magic's interior defense under new coach Scott Skiles.

The 29-year-old Smith is entering his eighth NBA season and joins his fourth NBA team. He spent last season with the New York Knicks, averaging eight points and four rebounds. He also appeared in a career-high 82 games.

The Magic dealt former backup big man Kyle O'Quinn to Smith's old team in a sign-and-trade last week. Orlando also signed veteran point guard C.J. Watson.