The Orlando Magic have changed up their roster quite a bit with a couple of big time trades. The Florida squad have acquired PG Gilbert Arenas from the Washington Wizards, along with Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu from the Phoenix Suns. Turkoglu played for the Magic in previous seasons including the year they were Eastern Conference Champions and lost to My Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.
In exchange, the Magic send F Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus, and C Marcin Gortat to the Suns, and ship F Rashard Lewis to the Wizards in the Arenas deal. It’s quite the blockbuster trade to say the least. I like the trade for all teams involved. The Wizards got rid of the injury riddled Arenas who has PBS (Plaxico Burress Syndrome) and acquire a nice presence to work with their future, John Wall, in Rashard Lewis. The Suns get Steve Nash some scoring help in the explosive Pietrus, and acquire Carter with the hope he can turn his season around. VC is currently have a very sub par season.
Gortat should also get more playing time with Phoenix in need of solid centers. The trade though focuses on the Eastern Conference Championship contenders, the Orlando Magic who have been struggling of late. They have lost 5 of their last 6 games and have been looking for more offense from their perimeter game. J-Rich should be a nice addition for the 3-point threat, and Arenas will certainly take some pressure off of Jameer Nelson who has also been struggling. Dwight Howard now has some help, and if the Magic are going to contend with the Celtics who have won 12 straight, and the Miami Heat who have won 11 in a row, they’re gonna need it. Oh, and the Knicks aren’t too bad either.