Friday , Aug , 19 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Mavs lasso veteran guard Christie

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks signed guard Doug Christie,
the team announced on Friday. Terms of the deal were not released.

Christie was waived by the Orlando Magic last week as part of the NBA’s
luxury-tax amnesty term. According to a report in the Dallas Morning News last
Friday, Christie’s deal for one year worth $3 million.

Christie, who is known more for his defensive prowess, was dealt from
Sacramento to Orlando in exchange for Cuttino Mobley and Michael Bradley in

In 52 games with the Kings and Magic this past season, the 35-year-old
averaged 6.6 points, 3.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds per contest. A product out
of Pepperdine, Christie is a natural swingman who can also play the point.

For his career Christie has averaged 11.4 ppg and 4.1 rpg to go along with 3.7
assists with the Lakers, Knicks, Toronto, Sacramento and the Magic. He has
been named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Team four times, including the first-
team squad in 2002-03.

His best offensive season came with the Raptors during the 1997-98 campaign,
when he posted a career-best 16.5 ppg.

In other team news, the Mavericks signed free agent center DeSagana Diop.
Terms of his deal were also not disclosed. The seven-footer spent the previous
four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who selected him with the eighth
overall pick in 2000 NBA Draft.

Diop, who starred at Oak Hill Academy High School in Virginia, owns career
averages of 1.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 193 games.