By Matthew Gardner June 20, 2007 Orlando Magic players Keyon Dooling
and Pat Garrity
have exercised the player option in their contracts, opting to return to the team next season instead of becoming a free agent. Dooling played in 66 games for the Magic during the 2006-07 season, averaging 7.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1.7 apg in 21.7 minutes per game. Dooling recently told the Orlando Sentinel he was excited about the Magic's hiring of head coach Stan Van Gundy. Dooling played under Van Gundy during his only season in Miami in 2004-05. "I learned more from one year with Stan than I did in my first four years in the league,"' Dooling told the Sentinel. "He'll be a great asset to the team. [His hiring] only made me more excited about coming back." Originally selected in the first round (10th overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft by Orlando (his draft rights were traded along with Corey Maggette, Derek Strong and future considerations to the L.A. Clippers in exchange for a future first round pick), Dooling has appeared in 393 regular season games during his NBA career. Garrity is the longest tenured player on the Magic roster, having spent the past eight seasons in Orlando. Last season, Garrity saw action in 33 games, averaging 2.2 ppg and 1.3 rpg. For his career, Garrity has averaged 7.6 ppg and is better than 40 percent from three-point range in 521 career games. Garrity joined the Magic on August 4, 1999 when he was acquired in the trade that sent Anfernee Hardaway to the Phoenix Suns. The fourth-year option of his contract was picked up by the Magic in 2000 and he was then re-signed as a free agent on July 24, 2002. After a standout career at Notre Dame, Garrity was selected in the first round (19th overall) on the 1998 NBA Draft. His Draft rights were traded by Milwaukee with the draft rights to future MVP Dirk Nowitzki to Dallas in exchange for the draft rights to Robert Traylor. However, Garrity was quickly traded again on Draft night, this time going to Phoenix as part of a package that sent another future MVP, Steve Nash, to Dallas.