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Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Posted on: December 18, 2010 2:57 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2010 5:32 pm
In a blockbuster trade that changes the complexion of the Eastern Conference, the Magic are getting Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson from the Suns and Gilbert Arenas from the Wizards, league sources confirmed to

The Suns send Turkoglu back to Orlando, where he thrived, along with Richardson and Earl Clark for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus. Orlando also sends a 2011 first-round pick and cash to Phoenix and acquires Arenas from Washington for Rashard Lewis, the sources said.

It is a swing-for-the-fences for Orlando, which came under immense pressure to make a big trade while losing five of its last six games and taking an obvious back seat to Boston and Miami in the East. Turkoglu, who struggled in stints with Toronto and Phoenix, returns to Orlando -- where he was a key piece in Magic's run to the 2009 NBA Finals.

Arenas is the bigger name, but the key to the deal could be Richardson, a perimeter sniper who fits the Magic's style and gives them a clutch scorer and big-time shooter to further space the floor for Dwight Howard.

The Rockets tried to get into the mix for Gortat, whom they've coveted for several years, but wouldn't give up Kevin Martin, two people familiar with the situation said.

In addition to making Orlando a more potent offensive team -- and, once again, a matchup nightmare with Turkoglu back in the role that suits him best -- the second part of the deal gives a much needed fresh start to Arenas. The former All-Star gets an improbable chance to resurrect his career away from the place where his status as the face of the Wizards franchise crumbled amid persistent knee injuries and a 50-game suspension for bringing firearms to the Verizon Center locker room last season.

Aside from trying to reload in a way that justifies their $94 million payroll, the Magic also are taking bold steps to placate Howard and dissuade him from entering the 2012 free-agent class. Some members of the Magic organization, including Howard and coach Stan Van Gundy, have had serious reservations about bringing in Arenas since first reported in October that a deal had been arranged for the mercurial superstar over the summer. That deal was built around Carter going to Washington.

Magic GM Otis Smith, who has a close relationship with Arenas from their days in Golden State, will consummate his months-long effort to extract Arenas from Washington. The Wizards, who have turned the franchise over to No. 1 pick John Wall, are all too willing to oblige -- especially given the $62 million Arenas is owed over the next three seasons.

"It was a challenging situation for Gilbert," Arenas' agent, Dan Fegan, told "Ted Leonsis gave him a clean slate and really worked to make this situation work. He did a very decent thing by brokering a trade to Orlando and giving Gilbert a second chance."

That is the price Orlando had to pay to make room for Turkoglu and Richardson, whose presence made Lewis -- whose production has significantly declined -- no longer necessary. While the Magic are taking on significant money with Arenas and Turkolgu, Richardson's $14.4 million contract expires after this season. And Turkoglu eases the burden because he accepted a reduction in guaranteed money in 2013-14, the final year of his contract, as part of the trade that sent him from Toronto to Phoenix.

The dual swaps presumably give Orlando a starting lineup of Howard at center, Brandon Bass at power forward, Turkoglu at small forward, Richardson at shooting guard and -- here's the big question -- either Arenas or Jameer Nelson at point guard. Van Gundy also has the flexibility to play Turkoglu at the four in smaller lineups that might feature Richardson at the three with Nelson and Arenas in the backcourt. While Smith could've waited until the 11th hour on the Feb. 24 trade deadline to complete the Lewis-for-Arenas portion, the upside is that Van Gundy gets more time to figure out how to fit all of these pieces together. With Boston having the most continuity among its stars in the East, and with Miami beginning to make its Big Three work on an 11-game winning streak, time is a valuable commodity to the Magic as they try to retool on the fly.

From the Phoenix perspective, the Suns get a much-needed big man in Gortat, a poor man's version of Richardson in Pietrus, and the essentially expiring contract of Carter, who has only $4 million guaranteed next season. But besides Gortat, the primary haul for Phoenix is a first-round pick and $3 million for cash-strapped owner Robert Sarver -- raising serious questions about whether Steve Nash will want to stay in Phoenix to rebuild.


Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2010 5:54 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

The Magic deff added fire power ... but they also lost some fire power.  Hedo might feel more comfy in his old surroundings, so that should help.  As stated, Arenas is a bit of a wild card, don't really know what you're getting, espec with injuries.  But the key to this trade was losing Gortat ... his big body was huge in the time that Howard goes to the bench.  Who subs in for Howard now?  I think they will miss the big man more than they expect ... and Clark isn't ready to fill that void.   Either way, the Magic are still a top team and will contend .. regardless of the rough patch.  I still think they are a better TEAM than Miami with or without the trade.  

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2010 12:26 am

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Richardson and Arenas?
Someone is going to have to come off the bench and neither of them is going to like it.  Seems like a recipe for disaster.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2010 11:57 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Crispyone... I don't wear any Anyway, my point is that this is a business like any other professional sport. These three gave you all the writing on the wall that they could back in 2006 when they all signed contract extensions that left them unrestricted free agents last year; they all have the same agent also. So this was written in stone and fans just ignored it.
The other poster that said the three are weak and can't go solo? Name anyone that has gone solo and not had to acquire talent around them to win championships? CLeveland NEVER put talent around James. Kobe had Shaq and didn't win again until they went out and recruited talent (Gasol). The great Larry Bird's team went and got Dennis Johnson (Seattle's MVP of the league and Finals MVP), and Rober t Parrish (chief), Jabaar got Magic, Dr J. got Moses Malone, The Heat first time around got Shaq and Gary Payton, The Bulls got Rodman and Pippen (Seattle), etc..... You see my point now? Just because LeBron is one of the best players in the league, doesn't mean he should stay in Cleveland and NEVER get a ring. Smart people know how to make sound business deals. The best power forward to EVER play the game and one of the best and true PG's ever are Malone and Stockton; they don't have a ring to show for their loyalty. And Karl Malone left too late in his career to go to the Lakers and still didn't get one. Just imagine if he left five years before he did; I think he might have gotte nmore than one ring being still in his prime...... Sometimes loyalty is overrated, because once you get past your prime, owners today don't have loyalty to the players anymore.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2010 4:35 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

So, who is going to rebound and play Defense on this team (besides Howard)? Who is going to guard LeBron, Wade and Bosh?

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2010 11:38 am

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

After hearing how getting rid of Turkoglu for Vince Carter would somehow elevate the Magic beyond the lucky 3pt shot streaking that got them to the Finals, I find it comical that they wanted him back.

I'd like to take the chance to tell those smartmouths... I told you so.  And I also told you that Vince Carter sucks.

But anyway, I don't know why the Magic are trying.  You might as well just give the trophy to the Lakers, Celtics, or Heat, don't even bother wasting everyone's time and money with the pointless futility that is the NBA.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2010 10:15 am

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

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How does this change the complexion of the east? Since the beginning of the season it's been Boston, Miami, Orlando as the top 3, in no particular order. Just because Orlando's gone on a slide doesn't mean they still aren't in that top 3. It's a great deal for the Magic, sure, but as far as the Eastern Conference goes, nothing's changed.

Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2010 10:04 am

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

The way I look at it, the Magic have the Dwight Howard and still managed to lose six of their last seven games. I don't really see how this move will do anything but make them better. How much better is yet to be determined, but it's better than just sitting back and watching this team nose dive. Lewis and Carter on on the other side of thirty, so sitting back and hoping that they get back to the players they once were as the season wears on was probably not going to work. I like that they are trying to do something, even if it doesn't work. It's better than getting to the playoffs, losing in the first or second round and then wishing you had tried to make a trade. This team was not winning the East with it's current line up, and again they just lost six of seven games, so it's not like the Magic are taking a huge gamble.

Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2010 8:29 am

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

I'm not sure they made out like bandits on this one, Turkoglu played amazing basketball in the playoffs that year and but I don't see him being that explosive even in his old home.  Arenas is a mess, even adding his last 4 years together he still hasn't played a "full season" between them, then think about the injuries and the gun fiasco.  And while Richardson can put up 20 points on a team that has no other person I just wonder how productive and happy he'll be.  I know that they had to do something because Carter and Lewis weren't getting it done, but these aren't the pieces they needed.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2010 6:38 am

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Magic make out like bandits here.  They get rid of dead weight, Lewis and Carter and add a good shooter and tough aggressive player who will go to the hoop in Turkoglu and a Great shooter who has the potential to take over a game in Arenas.   They re still pretty weak inside.  They still need a serviceable big man w ho can eat up fouls and space when Howard is out.

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2010 2:09 am

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster


You may know a thing or two about basketball, but apparently you know nothing about journalism.  If the source can't be identified, don't quote him???  Wtf, man!  We'd know next to nothing if it weren't for the relationships journalists have developed with insiders who'd lose their jobs should they be identified!  Anonymity has nothing to do with credibility but everything to do with trust and respect.

Before you discredit a professional writer, keep in mind that the majority of his or her work is done behind the scenes, building relationships, talking to the right people, making sure they're the first to be let in on news.  All of this is done in addition to the fact that writers must keep up on sports news and "know basketball" as well as you claim to know it.

Show some respect.  And until you're a writer on a major news site too, keep your f""cking mouth shut.

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