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Magic trade for Gilbert Arenas a "definite possibility."

Jun 28, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

NBA_arenas.jpgThe Orlando Magic are in a tough spot. One season removed from the NBA finals the ground is shifting beneath their feet — Chicago could be a power, Miami could return to power, maybe both… the road to the finals in the East is getting harder.

Desperate times call for desperate measures — and nothing is more desperate than taking on Gilbert Arenas.

But the Magic are considering it, according to Ken Berger at

A person with knowledge of the Magic’s plans said a trade for Gilbert Arenas, the one-time superstar whose reputation took a massive hit with his gun suspension last season, remains a “definite possibility.” Smith has a good relationship with Arenas, but a stumbling block could be the fact that Howard has questions about whether Arenas would fit in. If Howard gets the answers he’s looking for, there could be legs to the Arenas-to-Orlando scenario.

Maybe the real stumbling block should be the four years, $80 million still owned Arenas. Or that he has always been a high-volume shooter — last season (before the suspension) he was scoring 22.6 points per game but needed 19.3 shots per game to get that because he shot just 41 percent. Which is pretty much the case before his injury problems in 2007. And he doesn’t get to the line like he used to.

Arenas still has some ball in him, but if the Magic think he is a big upgrade over Vince Carter they will be in for a surprise.

  1. MagicFanATL - Jun 28, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    One word, NO! Don’t do it Otis! You have made some bonehead moves in the past but this might top them all! You can see the teams who have smart GM’s running the show; those would be the teams with cap room for the best free agent crop in the history of the NBA. See Miami Heat & Chicago Bulls……. Seriously, you would be better off to trade Vince for another player(s) or keep him for another year and not resign him. You have paid way too much for Rashard and Vince….. suck it up and don’t be stupid again.
    Can you trade a GM?

  2. airsj - Jun 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    magic you got a rookie big man all u got to do is trade brandon bass he didnt do anything for the magic and give them a couple of bucks and i guess thats a good deal because arenas is not that big of a deal and u dont really need a point guard get a better forward like boozer not thats a deal!

  3. shay - Jun 28, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    If Otis okay’s this deal..I will be VERY DISAPPOINTED!! This would be a major setback in our quest for a championship. I think he’s failing to realize (or he’s just being stubborn about admitting that the 4-1 offense isn’t gonna work when you’re talking about beating LA or Boston) that we need to get bigger and more talented at the PF position. Leave Arenas in Washington…trade for a PF (ie. Bosh..and if we can’t get him, Al Jefferson). DON’T DO THIS OTIS!!

  4. w.e.lee, jr. - Jun 28, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    As a 15+ year fan of the Orlando Magic, …….Otis Smith, I beseech thee: DO NOT BRING A CANCEROUS PERSONALITY LIKE ARENAS INTO THE MAGIC FAMILY! I am as disappointed in Vince Carters’ playoff performance as anyone else is……but not THAT disappointed! However, I DO like the possibility of bringing Hedo Turkoglu back, in exchange for Marcin Gortat & Brandon Bass. This is what I’ve been hearing lately. The numbers work salary-wise… have my blessings to go for THAT one, Otis!

  5. jacob - Jun 28, 2010 at 6:56 PM


  6. ken - Jun 28, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    I agree with jacob above..
    if arenas came with more vagina than this trade might work.
    Marcin Gortat & Brandon Bass for Hedo Turkoglu
    PF like AI
    but definitely more vagina

  7. Drew - Jun 28, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    I’m sorry, but Arenas IS an upgrade over Vince Carter. He’s a fearless scorer who will attack the basket. He’s also much more adept creating shots and making plays than Vince is at this point in his career.
    What are your other options, Orlando fans? They desperately need some perimeter quickness and breakdown ability and Vince Carter was not it. That experiment failed. Vince will be another year older next season as well. They need to shake things up and they won’t be able to do it through the free agent market. They’ve still got competitive pieces to make a run, but they need changes.

  8. scott - Jun 28, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    TO MUCH MONEY for this dude Otis….. not worth it…. id rather take grant hill back for 20 mill a year :).
    jk. for 20 million try and get Bosh…. if we get him we will win many championships.

  9. scott - Jun 28, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    TO MUCH MONEY for this dude Otis….. not worth it…. id rather take grant hill back for 20 mill a year :).
    jk. for 20 million try and get Bosh…. if we get him we will win many championships.

  10. Raj - Jun 28, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    This GM guy is dumb. Gilbert arenas for Vince are you kidding mee??
    I am a knicks fan but if you guyz wana win chamionship trust in vince and dont do this stupid trade. Arenas who only plays good against nets, timberwolves and clippers .

  11. alets - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    Phil Jackson is overrated. Anyone can win with jordan and pippen. Or with Kobe and Shaq. Or with Kobe and Gasol.

  12. Jason - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    Randy Moss turned out to be a good aquisition for New England from Oakland….where New England originally paid little for him. IF (and this is a big if) Orlando could get Arenas for a fraction of his salary (in the trade Washington gives up some cash) then I think it would be interesting to take a chance.
    If Orlando (Otis) was considering a straight trade for Vince Carter that would be reminiscent of a crazy Isiah Thomas/NY Knicks move.
    BTW, the ship has sailed on Hedo. Not a good idea to bring him back.
    Better to try to do some sign and trade deal with Bosh. He strikes as someone who would try to benefit his franchise on the way out.

  13. Ty - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:53 AM

    Lived in Orlando and originally from DC. Trust me, Gil is DA MAN!
    He has dogged every major player in the NBA. He is a much better player than Vince. Much more consistant, far more ferocious.
    Anyone who gets Gil at this stage will be getting a bonifide ALLSTAR that will drop 25 to 40 on any gaurd in the league.

  14. dave - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    NEWS FLASH – a great guard and a great center actullay win championships, multiple. Hopefully Wade or Lebron want to win and are contacting Magic to play with Dwight. Because Magic not smart enough to contsct them.

  15. fishybashi - Jul 20, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Let Carter expire and get a legit young star player like CP3 or Melo next season. Gilbert Arenas is way too much of a burden to carry. Not even a consideration please!

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