No, Magic Johnson isn't going to Edmonton as part of the Gretzky deal. But the Forum's other tenants made a deal Tuesday, too.
The Lakers have called a press conference for this morning to announce they have signed free agent Orlando Woolridge, a 6-foot 9-inch forward, to a contract for the 1988-89 season, according to a team source. It is believed that Woolridge, 28, agreed to a deal that will pay him close to $500,000, which is about the maximum the Lakers were allowed under salary-cap restrictions.
Much of that money became available when Kurt Rambis signed as a free agent with the expansion Charlotte Hornets last month.
Woolridge, a seven-year veteran who has played with the Chicago Bulls and New Jersey Nets, was with the Nets until he was suspended last February for drug-related problems. He subsequently enrolled in a drug rehabilitation clinic in Van Nuys and has undergone follow-up treatment for the past six months. He was paid $1.2 million by the Nets last season.