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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: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2010 2:07 am

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2010 12:17 am

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster


Don't get ur panties in a bunch. You are seriously comparing the Magic TRADING for Richardson and Arenas with the Heat SIGNING LeBron James and Chris Bosh as FREE AGENTS?????

You sound drunk or really clueless, the Magic had to give up alot to get what they got. The Heat gave up nothing but cash to aquire James and Bosh.

Since: Feb 5, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2010 12:07 am

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

I don't feel this "blockbuster" trade compares at all to the Heat's signings. First of all, the Heat signed James and Bosh as free agents. Cleveland and Toronto didn't come to terms and trade away either of their former players, whereas the teams involved in this trade all agreed to the trade terms. Pheonix is seeing the writing on the wall with their age and realize it's time to rebuild, and Washington is starting fresh and building their team around a new upcoming star in Wall (I like Arenas, but he's, for the most part, given Washington more headaches than production...he needed a fresh start)
      In addition, none of players involved in this recent trade can even compare to LeBron (as much as I hate to admit it, being a Cavs fan). Hedo, in actuality, is just returning to the team he thrived with from the beginning. Arenas is getting a fresh start with a new team where he has the opportunity to revive his career...good luck to him. Richardson is an aging player who I have to believe is happy to be playing with a potentially serious contender (depending on how all these players gel), not to mention the fact the the Suns have been shopping him for a while, anyway.
      In my opinion, the Magic are only doing what they need to do in an attempt to improve their team and win championships, as the Heat franchise did in the offseason (I have nothing against the Heat franchise and their fans for doing the same and wanting to win). The difference lies in the players involved in the two transactions. Ultimately, the actions of James (who I used to look forward to watching nightly), Wade (who I used to respect), and Bosh (nothing other than a weak-willed follower of James and Wade) proved that they all have personalities that are too weak to be solo leaders of their own teams. I don't really like or dislike Kobe, but you definitely have to respect the fact that he is a natural leader and leads his team nightly to victories. Turkoglu, Arenas, and Richardson were just the beneficial recipients in a trade that has the potential to revitalize all three of their careers...I say good luck to the three of them.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 11:15 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

It's unbelieveable how most screamed bloody murder when the Heat joined forces, all because of King James. Now that Orlando has made a blockbuster trade, noone has cried one bit and all think it's a good trade to make the Magic's roster better. At least have some consistency in downing people trying to corner the talent pool.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:56 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Turkoglu, should have never been let go, Lewis should have. Maybe Howard will have a real shot at a title in Orl now. Those 2 losers (carter and lewis) only wanted to stand around and shoot 3's. Neither were willing to attack the rim on a regular basis. Actually, lewis probably hasn't attacked a rim since his days in seattle......... Earl Clark will find life easier playing with the the big guy. I really like Hedo back in orl - had van gundy not screwed the pg rotation with an unhealthy jamir a few years ago maybe they would have won more games against LA in the Finals. Either way, this team was going nowhere this year with their former roster - this gives them a chance.

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:37 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

I like the deal from the Suns perspective, at least it makes sense.  They get a solid young center which they have never really had, some needed cash, and a draft pick to build with.  Nash is old and has given his all at this point.  No need to keep him on next year.  Would be nice to get another draft pick for him before season ends.  Suns have a really exciting guard to build around, and with a solid center now, they should be able to build a nice young team hopefully like the Thunder has done.  I personally was tired of the Nash/Amare thing.  It was fun while it lasted, but one can only watch the same pick and roll so many thousands of times before you wish for a little more variety.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:33 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

'A league source'... That league source is a coward if he/she can't step up to the plate. That or Berger is just throwing up hail mary's...if the source can't be identified, don't quote him. Berger loses all credibility due to the fact that he cannot interview legitimate sources. give me a break, CBS does fantasy stuff right, but I've on;y read one person's article throughout this website that I like and that was Larry (MLB). I know more basketball than this chump.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:29 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Arenas has proved he is a team player, a complete player and a good guy.  He played around too much with the Wizards, now that he is on a contender you can expect him to improve his game especially from the assist category.  In terms of scoring Arenas is huge especially in the 4th quarter when Superman cannot hit a free throw and his outside shooting along with Richardson's is going to be a match-up nightmare for Miami and Boston.

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 10:15 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

The Magic get significantly better with this move. They needed to do something to change things up and they really went for it lol. Arenas should be really solid and Bass has really started to come along so with these new guys this should bring a little more life for the Magic. Richardson is very solid as well although Turkoglu probably won't be too much better. This should make the East even more interesting. 

Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:47 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

I personally thought the writing was on the wall the minute the Suns pulled the trigger on the Shaq deal, but as long as the Suns had Amare and Nash they could be the fun n gun Suns.  It is offically the end of an era.  Sure, it truly did end when Marion left and it was official when Amare bolted, but now I have absolutely no interest in watching the Suns play. 

Thank god for college basketball!

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