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Magic Sends Mobley to Kings in Trade for Christie

Tuesday, January 11, 2005; Page D07

The Magic acquired Doug Christie from the Kings for Cuttino Mobley yesterday in a trade of guards intended to improve their defense and passing.

The Kings also received F Michael Bradley, who is on the injured list with a strained right hamstring.

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The deal was announced at halftime of Orlando's game with the Celtics. Mobley, who had started 21 of his 23 games this season for the Magic, did not play yesterday and was replaced in the starting lineup by Stacey Augmon.

Christie is averaging 7.3 points, 4.9 assists and 4 rebounds in 31 games, all starts. Mobley is averaging 16 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists. In eight games with the Magic, Bradley is averaging 0.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 6.9 minutes per game.

ELDER STATESMAN WILLIS OUT: The Hawks placed 42-year-old C Kevin Willis on the injured list with a strained lower back.

The team signed F-C Obinna Ekezie to a 10-day contract to replace Willis on the active roster.

Ekezie, who attended the University of Maryland, played 11 games in the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) for the Columbus Riverdragons after missing the 2003-04 season because of a knee injury. He has averaged 2.8 points in 101 games over parts of three NBA seasons.

Willis was averaging 3.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 22 games for the Hawks.

• MADSEN HAS BROKEN THUMB: The Timberwolves put F Mark Madsen on the injured list with a broken left thumb and signed John Thomas to a 10-day contract.

Madsen, in his second season with Minnesota and his fifth in the NBA, had surgery on Saturday after getting hurt in Friday's game against the 76ers. He's expected to be in a cast for about six weeks.

Madsen is averaging 2.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the Timberwolves (17-15).

Thomas was a final training-camp cut by the Timberwolves and went on to play for Sioux Falls in the CBA.

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