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Magic Overhaul Entire Roster: Hedo Returns!

December 18, 2010

Jason Richardson and Gilbert Arenas

It may have been a dreary, rainy day in Central Florida but that didn’t stop Otis Smith from burning up the phone lines.  Otis made two blockbuster trades today that will substantially change the design and look of the 2010-2011 Orlando Magic.

In are the following players: Hedo Turkoglu (again!), Jason Richardson, Earl Clark and Gilbert Arenas.  Hibachi!

Out are former all-stars Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis as well as Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus.

“Gilbert (Arenas) is a proven All-Star in this league and we’re excited to add him to our team,” said Smith.  “He is one of the top scoring guards in the game, he can create scoring chances for his teammates and he is as tough as they come.  Rashard (Lewis) was important in helping our franchise get to the next level, and we wish him and his family all the best in the future.”

The deal with Washington for Gilbert Arenas was a straight up trade exchanging Gilbert for Rashard Lewis.  Gilbert is averaging 17.3 points and 5.6 assists per game so far this year.  It is expected that Gilbert will be the 6th man off the bench for the Magic, but Stan Van Gundy emphasized that he and Jameer Nelson both have to play a minimum of 32 mpg.  Gilbert is a player that needs the ball in his hands to be successful and will get the chance to do so.

The second deal sent Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus and the Polish Hammer to Phoenix and brought in Jason Richardson and Earl Clark and brought BACK Hedo Turkoglu.  As you may recall, after Hedo helped lead the Magic to the final in 2008-2009, Turk signed a long term deal with Toronto.  After being disgruntled for a year there, he was traded to Phoenix in the offseason.  He lost 25 lbs and got into the best shape of his life, but still wasn’t fitting into Alvin Gentry’s system.

It hurts to lose fan favorites Pietrus and Gortat, but getting rid of Vince Carter was necessary if this team was going to advance and grow.  I’ll have a lot more on this trade in the next few days.

Overall takeaway from this crazy day: This trade will leave the Magic better off than they were yesterday.

Brian Serra is the founder of MagicBasketballOnline.com.  You can follow/add him on Twitter and on Facebook.  Compare pricing of Orlando Magic tickets for all future games using TiqIQ to find the best deals!

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