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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: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:19 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

The biggest addition for Orlando is the subtraction of Carter

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:11 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

This trade doesn't mean squat for the who's who in the NBA. Really just a stack of lateral moves. Arenas is a joke, his no defense mantra will be his own undoing. Turk keeps going somewhere but really never makes a diff anywhere. Jrich is also a joke, he is his own biggest fan. That guy is nothing but a failure in the clutch, a showboater with no show. It's too bad VCarter gets mixed up in this trade. He competes every play, he will fall into more obscurity at his new home. I wonder what are the qualifications to scout such a trade. You used to be friends with Arenas back in the day, and you want to see him have a second chance? That's what the Euroleague is for, if anyone belongs there its Gilbert Arenas.

Since: Dec 16, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 9:05 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

The biggest question is what's next? I don't see the Magic being content with Gilbert Arenas and Jameer Nelson both at PG... so does that mean Jameer is on his way out? What are they looking for? Also, is Brandon Bass really going to be their starting PF deep into the playoffs? I like him too, but I don't know if he's quite ready to be the starting PF on a championship team.

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 8:47 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

this trade is great for the magic, not because of turk or richardson, but for brandon bass and daniel orton. with bass starting, this guy is a double double machine and now orton get some playing time off the bech. if given an oppurtunity, orton can be as good as cousins.

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2010 8:38 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Biggest winner of the trade?  Phoenix Suns!    They get a huge upgrade in Gortat, Carter will only get better with Nash.  And a first round pick.  This trade only prooves that Nash isn't going anywhere.  This trade also gives Phoenix a better chance at a postseason run.  Good luck with Turk Orlando.  I'm so glad he's outta Phoenix

Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 8:35 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Van Gundy will be yet another coach that will be unable to motivate Arenas to play any defense. He is hands-down the worst defensive point guard in the NBA. 

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2010 8:30 pm
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Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 8:06 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Dcrum35 are you blind....they magic gave up inconsistent players for consistent ones that you can pencil numbers in from every night...Areans and richardson are consistent scorers...J rich can shoot slash and defend...Areans can be a #1 option when howard is stinking it up up ......and the best Part is that these 3 guys compliment each other.    This is a great move for Orlando...This will work and it will work quickly.   Love the Deal.....Areans will play huge dividens come playoff time for orlando.  

Also the depedency on howard to score has just gone down, along with the dependency on Jameer.....The magic just go significantly better.

Also they put two players together that have played with each other before in areans adn J-Rich

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 7:59 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

c'mon you suck man! just talking bullshit. yeah ok you dont like turk, we got it, but give us a break !!!! please

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 7:40 pm

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

I don't see the difference between the players the Magic gave up and the ones they got.  They still don't have anything inside bu Howard.  It is 3 pt sots or bust.

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