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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 CBSSports.com.

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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com. "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.



Comments

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 3:50 pm
 

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Washington is retarded. They add another SF playing PF in Lewis.

That comment is retarded.  They managed to TRADE AWAY Gilbert Arenas!  Does Lewis fit a need for Washington? Of course not but that's not the point. They traded Arenas and that is an addition by subtraction ANYWAY you slice it.

Also fator that the Wizards have Blatch at PF so Lewis CAN play his natural SF position.  Also Nick Young can slide into the SG position.  Not a bad move by the Wiz when you think about it. 




Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 3:45 pm
 

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Awesome, and all the Wizards get out of that deal is Lewis. I was all for moving Arenas, but Lewis is past his prime and if he can't contribute with Orlando, I don't understand why the Wizards think he can contribute with us. Great time to be a Washington sports fan...



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 3:41 pm
 

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

@BucFan

You obviously have no idea about Turkoglu. He was a vital piece to this teams finals run in '09 and he blends extremely well witht he players in Orlando. Just because he was a bum with the Suns, doesn't mean he won't get back on track with the Magic. Just wait and see. Nelson, Arenas, JRich, Turkoglu, and Howard is ALOT of offense. And we all know Howard is the reigning defensive player of the year. Watch out.



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 3:36 pm
 

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Wow... what is a just a monster deal. It's a lot of money, and it remains to be seen how it will all turn out, but just think about this. 
The Magic gave up:
- Rashard Lewis (Bad contract, Arenas should easily eclipse his production, albeit from a different role)- Vince Carter (expiring contract, past his prime)- Martin Gorcat (Solid player, no room for him though with Howard)- Mickael Pietrus (solid defender, but expendable)- 1st Round Pick (little surprised this was included)- Cash (Who cares)
And in return they got:
- Jason Richardson (basically takes Carter's place with fresher legs, and more left in the tank)- Gilbert Arenas (the key to this trade, can he be a legit sidekick for Dwight Howard?)- Hedo Turkoglu (hopefully he'll be relevant again now that he's back in Orlando. Perhaps they'll give him the ball more and he'll quit whining)- Earl Clark (Depth Player)

What this move says to me is this: Otis Smith doesn't believe it's worth the risk to wait and see if he can get Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul. He wanted to do something to help his team remain among the title contenders, and keep Dwight Howard satisfied that they want to win Now and Forever in Orlando. Gilbert Arenas could be a huge contributor with a fresh start, and I for one would love to see him return to his old form. The only pieces that really hurt the Magic to lose are Gorcat and the pick, but otherwise, I think this is a deal that works quite well for all of the teams interested. 
Seems like a trade that would be made on a video game, but I like it, and I'm not even a Magic fan. I'll definitely be tuning in the next time I get a chance to see them play though.




Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 3:30 pm
 

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Washington is retarded. They add another SF playing PF in Lewis.

That comment is retarded.  They managed to TRADE AWAY Gilbert Arenas!  Does Lewis fit a need for Washington? Of course not but that's not the point. They traded Arenas and that is an addition by subtraction ANYWAY you slice it.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 3:27 pm
 

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Holy. Now that's a BLOCKBUSTER deal...



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 3:23 pm
 

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Selfishly speaking, I am attending three Magic games next week- Mavs, Spurs and Celts. I hope we don't end up getting to watch a depleted roster. Let's get the new guys on a flight and get them ready to go on Tuesday PLEASE.

The Magic rolled the dice, they got rid of some pieces that are just not good enough to get them back to the finals and picked up more talented players but with baggage. A risky move but a good move. The only other option was to accept being the number 3-5 seed in the east with no chance of getting much further than the second round.



Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 3:20 pm
 

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

I have to say that the Magic made a great move.  Now lets not forget you will have to "bring a gun" on to the court to stop the Heat the way they are playing.  LOL




Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 3:16 pm
 

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Phoenix is the big winner here. Carter is a drop from JRICH, but every other they received in return is better than Turkoglu.

Washington is retarded. They add another SF playing PF in Lewis.

Turk is useless, especially with JRICH, Arenas, and Nelson all there as well.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 3:12 pm
 

Magic getting Arenas, Turkoglu in blockbuster

Huge!

At first glance it seems the Magic fleeced both the Suns and the Wizards in this deal. But you have to also wonder how much such an overhaul will affect team chemistry. I guess we'll get to watch and find out.


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