Magic trade for Bucks’ Lue

Orlando’s search for a point guard to help deflect the blow of losing All-Star Jameer Nelson has led the Magic to acquire Tyronn Lue of the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Keith Bogans.

The Magic announced the trade Thursday afternoon.

The Magic prefered a short-term, inexpensive solution to help replace Nelson, who tore the labrum in his right shoulder this week. If Nelson elects for surgery, he’ll miss the rest of the season. Nelson is expected to decide in the next week about whether to put off surgery and instead try to rehabilitate the shoulder over several weeks.

Lue, 31, has averaged 4.7 points and 1.5 assists per game for Milwaukee. With the Magic playing without Nelson on Wednesday, veteran point guard Anthony Johnson had 25 points in a 125-96 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Bogans, a 6-foot-5 guard, has averaged 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds a game for the Bucks.

The New York Daily News first reported the two teams were discussing the trade.


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Updated Thursday, Feb 5, 2009