The Orlando Magic were in the unfavorable situation of suffering a losing streak while two of their main rivals in Boston & Miami are in the midst of ripping off double digit win streaks of their own. Feeling the need to make a move to remain competitive, the Magic engineered a three-team deal with the Phoenix Suns & Washington Wizards.
The Phoenix Suns-Orlando Magic deal (Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, a 2011 first-round pick and cash considerations for Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark) seems to benefit both teams. At this point, 29-year old Richardson could be seen as an upgrade over Carter, who at 33 is having the worst season of his career. Richardson is shooting 42 percent from 3-point range and can spread the floor like Rashard Lewis, who was shipped to Washington for Gilbert Arenas. — TrueHoop
When I first heard about the trade, it seemed like the Magic made a backwards move by swapping out Carter & Lewis for Arenas & Turkoglu straight up. Along with the fact that they lost Howard’s primary back-up in Gortat. However, when you consider that Carter & Lewis effectively run suicides if they aren’t filling up the scoring column it begins to look better. So if they can find a serviceable back-up for Superman I think they should be alright.
Of all the parties involved, no one was happier than Arenas, who decided to forgo even packing his bags before catching the next thing smoking to meet up with his new team.
After he found out his trade to the Magic was official, he ended his workout, grabbed a pair of shoes, said his goodbyes and caught the first flight to Orlando. There was no time to waste. [NYT]
Due my excessive use of him in 2K during his prime & his eccentric personality, Arenas is probably my favorite personality since Rasheed retired. So for that reason, I hope he finds success down in Florida. That and I want to see if he’ll break out some Penny’s before the season ends.