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Report: Magic interested in Gilbert Arenas

Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:36 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 3:37 pm
Posted by Royce Young

At some point, Gilbert Arenas has to move on from Washington. There's just no way the Wizards are willing to jeopardize John Wall's development by stunting his growth with Arenas playing alongside him.

But with Arenas' massive contract and the baggage that comes with him, he's going to be tough to move. Doesn't mean the Wizards aren't probably trying though. And despite the problems with him, Gilbert Arenas is still a really, really talented basketball player. So there's absolutely a market for him.

One team that's reportedly interested is the Orlando Magic, a club that's desperately in search of a reliable scoring option to play with Dwight Howard. The Magic have already apparently made everyone available on the team sans Howard and now, they could be getting proactive.

The Orlando Pinstriped Post, a very reliable blog, reports that the Wizards and Magic have discussed a deal that would send Arenas to Orlando. Also involved could potentially be Andray Blatche, Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis and rookie Daniel Orton. From the report:
Both teams have a mutual understanding of what the trade might include, the source says, and it's unclear what factors are holding up the trade. What is clear around the league, however, is that Magic President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith has his eye on Arenas. If Orlando is to make a major trade this season, Arenas will likely be the target.
As noted in the report, CBS Sports' Ken Berger reported the Magic listened to offers for Arenas this summer, but said no to the Wizards due to concern over the salary remaining on his contract, which runs for three seasons after this one, at a total cost of $62.4 million. In early November, reported "the Magic have cooled on the notion of a Vince Carter-for-Arenas exchange," citing "NBA front-office sources." However, the source who spoke to Orlando Pinstriped Post contradicts Stein's report, saying Orlando has indeed initiated the discussions with Washington of late. So who knows.

An interesting deal, especially if Blatche were involved, considering the Wizards just locked him up to be part of their future. But swapping Carter for Arenas makes sense because it gives the Magic the scorer they want and with Carter's deal being up soon, the Wizards have a nice contract to come off the books in the near future, plus can hand the reins of the team completely over to Wall.

With the Magic playing so well early on, they might hesitate. But they had an identical record at this point last season and were missing a scorer that they had in Hedo Turkoglu when they made their Finals run. So Otis Smith might be encouraged to get something done this time around. And by the sounds of it, it could involve Arenas.

Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:07 am

Report: Magic interested in Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert would be a STEAL for the Magic! NO DOUBT ABOUT IT! Who gives a FU*K about the whole gun in the locker room bullsh*t!? It was all completely blown out of proportion. And EVERYONE(players) knows it!  Hibachi still has a good 5 years left in him. Orlando would be LUCKY to get him.

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2010 9:56 am

Report: Magic interested in Gilbert Arenas

What about getting a PF? I dont see the sense in getting Arenas. Until mangement realizes that Rashaad Lewis is not a PF they will continue to lose to the Celtics in the playoffs. A player the Magic should target is Jason Thompson from the Kings. He is 6'10 rebounds, plays defense and can score. It gives them more length and toughness on the frontline.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 3:38 am

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There are some great PG's in that list, for sure, but i'd take Harris and Kidd over Nelson. It's a simple example of how laughable it is for someone to say Nelson is a top 5 PG. Even taking away those two (depending on your view), there's plenty better. On the Kidd note, Nelson scores better yes, but Kidd runs his offense exceptionally well, assists and boards better, picks up more steals, and has a better track record.

Then again, on the Devin Harris note, boards and assists are a wash (despite Harris playing with a much poorer support cast), and still scores more.

Personal opinion of course, but my opinion still stands, Jameer Nelson is NOT a top 5 PG.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 12:34 am

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are u kidding me jason kidd really maybe five ten yrs ago but not this year and devin harris is bit of stretch to be put in same breath as the actual Great PGs

Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 12:13 am

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In which league is Jameer Nelson a top 5 pg...somebody is smoking some serious stuff..
I don't wanna make this list too long but here's my short list...
Deron Williams
Chris Paul
Derek Rose
Rajon Rondo
Steve Nash
Russell Westbrook
Now which one of these guys is Jameer Nelson better than...let's be serious...
This is no knock on Jameer, cause I think he's good...

Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 12:04 am

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If the magic traded for arenas that would be the dumbest move ever.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:52 pm

Report: Magic interested in Gilbert Arenas

Top 5 PG? Yeah right..i'd take Rajan Rondo, Steve Nash, Tony Parker, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Devin Harris, Russell Westbrook, Jason Kidd, Derrick Rose..and even John Wall over him! That's 10 guys right there that are better than him, at least.  Not even counting guys like Jennings, Evans, Curry etc.

Top 5 is pretty laughable.

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:41 pm

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Agree 100% WVU...the only way they move Jameer is if they get an elite PG in return. Jameer might not be a top 5 PG, but he is playing at a very high level and has for about 2-3 years now, injuries notwithstanding. You can tell that SVG trusts him a great deal and Jameer really makes the whole offense go. He also has a very strong rapport with D12, and that has to count for something. I don't think there is another PG out there who fits the Magic better, or would run the offense as efficiently, as Jameer.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:25 pm

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i thought i was the only one thinking that

Since: May 9, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:24 pm

Report: Magic interested in Gilbert Arenas

your an idiot. Nelson is a top 5 PG and a captain for the team. He is staying put.

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