Monday, December 20, 2010

Magic trade with Suns and Wizards

The Magic traded for several new players to try and compete with the Celtics, the Heats and the Bulls in the East. The Magic traded forward Rashard Lewis to the Wizards in exchange for guard Gilbert Arenas. They then traded Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus, Marcin Gortat, and a first round draft pick in the 2011 draft to the Suns for Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and a young forward in Earl Clark.
Wizards: With the departure of Arenas from Washington the Wizards become John Wall's team. The Wizards are looking towards the future and they want their first overall pick to be the leader of the rebirth. Rashard Lewis is also a young player that can spread the ball around, open up space for Wall, he's tall and athletic so he can drive but he can also shoot the lights out from anywhere on the floor.

Suns: The Sun's get a solid center in Marcin Gortat that they have been looking for since Shaq. Gortat is also mobile and can keep up with the Sun's fast break offense. Pietrus adds a great defensive presence for the Sun's and is also a guy that can make shots from the outside. Vince Carter is their big pickup. Carter is a player who is aging but can still drive and finish but also has a nice jump shot. He can elevate over almost anyone in order to score.

Magic: The Magic get two premier scorers in Arenas and Richardson, a solid shooter who thrived in the Magic's offense and a young athletic forward. Arenas is a pure scorer who scores from just about anywhere but this season he has also turned into a solid passer. Jason Richardson is having one of his best season's with the departure of Amare Stoudemire. Richardson is averaging just under 20 points a game (19.3) and is shooting 47% from the field. Hedo Turkoglu flourished in the Magic's offense two years ago and especially in their playoff run but has since died off as a scorer. The Magic hope that Hedo will again flourish in their system. Earl Clark is a second year player out of Louisville who has gotten limited playing time but if he becomes more physical he can become a solid small forward. The Magic also got rid of the 2nd highest paid player in the NBA in Rashard Lewis.

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