The Orlando Magic signed former Indiana Pacers center Goga Bitadze Monday ahead of their road win over the Chicago Bulls, shoring up their big-man depth after trading Mo Bamba last week.
Bitadze, the No. 18 pick in the 2019 draft, averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11.5 minutes (170 games) in four seasons with the Pacers.
Indiana waived Bitadze Thursday to open up roster spots for their trade-deadline acquisitions.
The Magic traded Bamba to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a four-team deal with the Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets that netted Orlando Patrick Beverley, a 2024 second-round pick (via Denver) and cash.
Orlando waived Beverley and former franchise mainstay Terrence Ross Sunday, opening up two standard roster spots.
Bitadze fills one of those spots.
He played 21 games this season with the Pacers, averaging 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9.6 minutes.
A native of Georgia, Bitadze, 23, has been playing professionally since he was 16. Before being drafted by the Pacers, he played in Georgia, Serbia and Montenegro.
Bitadze will wear No. 35.
This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Khobi Price at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @khobi_price.
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