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Orlando is ready to deal when you're ready

Posted on: November 29, 2010 4:23 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 4:38 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

Big news here: The Orlando Magic would like to have either Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul on their team. I know, brilliant general managing there. But according to the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic are open to trading anyone on the roster not named Dwight. That's right, anyone.

J.J. Redick, Brandon Bass, Vince Carter, Jameer Nelson, Rashard Lewis, Marcin Gortat... any of those guys can be yours if you just pick up the phone. But here's the interesting part: The Magic are 12-4 on the season and look ready to contend once again for the Eastern crown. But according to the report, Orlando would be willing to take a little step back in the present, if it meant securing Paul or Anthony for the future.

When this original Carmelo stuff started to go down, Ken Berger mentioned the Magic as an early contender for Anthony. Most focused on other destinations like New Jersey, New York and Chicago, but the Magic have the pieces in place to potentially satisfy the wishes of the Nuggets. Paul on the other hand doesn't look like he's going anywhere for the time being. But Melo will be moved, eventually. And Orlando could be a destination.

By the sounds of it, the Magic are aggressively pursuing options in the trade market. Gilbert Arenas is mentioned. So is Monta Ellis. Orlando isn't satisfied with its current scoring punch and is searching for a reliable go-to option.

That's the biggest scratch on the Magic's armor and Vince Carter hasn't been able to fix it. Against premier defensive units, Orlando's drive-and-kick offense can easily be shut down. Dwight Howard's post game is much improved, but there has to be an isolation option.

There has to be a guy that can score eight straight points when shots aren't dropping. Great big men are the foundation of a championship team and the Magic have that. But they need the walls and a roof still. And apparently, they're willing to deal the furniture to get it.
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Comments

Since: Dec 8, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 6:41 pm
 

Orlando is ready to deal when you're ready

This is all speculation. I wouldn't take anything seriously that I read in the Sentinel. 



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Orlando is ready to deal when you're ready

 - Rashard is in the middle of a six-year deal for $110,000,000.00. In other words, he has the exact same contract that Dwyane Wade and LeBron James have, only he's nowhere close to either one of them on the court. No one wants to touch that contract.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 5:13 pm
 

Orlando is ready to deal when you're ready

I hope this works out for Orlando.  Eventually they can form a Florida league of guys who miss playground basketball. 



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 5:04 pm
 

Orlando is ready to deal when you're ready

No one wants Gortat, Lewis (nice try, Magic!) or Redick. Nelson is nice, but as the focal point in a move for Paul or Anthony? No thanks. That's like replacing a Mercedes with a mule in a hat. Carter might have some value, but it's diluted because he's on the books for $4 million in 2011 if he's waived before July 1. That's $4 million for a guy not to play for you. Who wants that? If he somehow isn't waived - which is impossible - he's owed $18.1 million for 2011. You know, assuming there isn't a lockout in 2011. Carter's quasi-expiring deal and Jameer Nelson are the only real trade bait Orlando has.



Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 4:32 pm
 

Orlando is ready to deal when you're ready

I GUESS NOW WE ARE DOWN TO STACKING THE TEAMS WITH STARS FOR THAT HOPE OF AN INSTANT WIN.  WAY TO GO.



Since: Nov 27, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 3:37 pm
 

Orlando is ready to deal when you're ready

Arenas would be a team cancer!  He has been prove as a team players. He's never been a winner on any team.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2010 2:43 pm
 

Orlando is ready to deal when you're ready

Seriously, is there anyone on the roster worth keeping other than Dwight?  That GM of theirs sure is a genius!  Go Otis Smith!



Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2010 2:23 am
 

Orlando is ready to deal when you're ready

Well said.



Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:57 pm
 

Arenas is clearly the Answer!!!

Lewis and nelson would be a perfect trade for both teams. Orlando would get the game finisher/scorer that they need and Washington would get a scoring 3 and a backup point guard. The salaries match. I know a guy named BERGER who could make this happen.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 10:16 pm
 

Orlando is ready to deal when you're ready

As much as I would like this to be true (and trust me, I would LOVE either CP3, Melo or Iggy right now over VC), I can't help but throw the BS flag.  When I read this in the Orlando Sentinel, it was quite funny to me that this whole 'rumor' thing is basically created up by a certain columnist who just has these bright ideas.  Any actual proof or speaking to anyone in the org saying this?  Nope, this is what he says (i.e. his proof this is true or that we are poised to make a trade):

"When I asked somebody in the organization about such a possibility, that somebody never shook off my sign, never flinched."

But I would think that if ANY trade is going to go down, it would be something involving Melo/VC and some other parts....


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