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Three-year veteran leaves Orlando

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns signed free agent Steven Hunter to bolster their inside game.

The 7-foot center played a career-high 59 games with the Orlando
Magic. He started in 23 games, averaging 5.4 point, 4.7 rebounds
and 2 blocks in 21.6 minutes.

"Steven Hunter's athleticism, shot blocking and rebounding
ability give us an added dimension to address the need in the
middle," Suns president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said
Friday.

Hunter averaged 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.05 blocks in 12.1
minutes in 145 career games with Orlando.

The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired the three-year NBA veteran from
Orlando in July but waived him on Aug. 10.

An early entry candidate, Hunter played two seasons at DePaul,
where he finished third in school history in blocked shots with 128
and field goal percentage (.586).