MIAMI -- Keyon Dooling said he agreed to terms Friday on a three-year deal believed to be worth nearly $10 million with Orlando, where he'll probably have a chance to become the Magic's starting point guard.
Dooling, 25, averaged 5.2 points and 1.8 assists in 16 minutes a game this past season with the Miami Heat, who used him solely as a reserve. He was particularly strong during the Heat's postseason run, averaging 7.3 points on nearly 50- percent shooting.
"I'm extremely happy," Dooling said Friday night. "I'm extremely thankful that Miami gave me the opportunity to show what I can do, but I'm looking forward to moving on."
Orlando drafted Dooling at No. 10 overall in 2000, then traded his rights to the Los Angeles Clippers -- where he played for four seasons. He signed a free-agent deal with Miami exactly one year ago Friday.
Dooling will not sign his Magic contract until at least next week. Because the NBA's collective bargaining agreement is still not finalized, no date has been set for when free agents can begin signing with new clubs.
He made 20 of 26 shots during one four-game stretch this past postseason, helping the Heat win each of those games. And he parlayed the strong finish he had in his lone Miami season into a chance of starting with Orlando; Dooling has started just 26 of his 292 NBA games, including playoffs.
Should the Magic move Steve Francis to shooting guard, that would conceivably allow for a battle between Dooling and Jameer Nelson for the starting point-guard spot.
"It's not written in stone, but there's a chance," Dooling said. "And Orlando's going in the right direction."
Dooling said he received interest from six or seven other clubs -- Miami not among them. The Heat have been working on a long-term deal with Shaquille O'Neal, plus apparently trying to lure starting point guard Damon Jones back to the team.
"I don't feel bad about that or anything," said Dooling, a South Florida native. "That's the nature of this business. They have some bigger pieces to fill."
New Jersey also had interest in Dooling, who returned from a visit with the Nets on Friday and learned of the Magic's offer.
"Orlando made a great plea," Dooling said. "That situation is going to be perfect for me."