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Magic reportedly likely to make a move soon, could be targeting Gilbert Arenas

Dec 17, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

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UPDATE (10:14 PM EST): One more confirmation of the initial reports, courtesy of Michael Lee of the Washington Post:

The rumor that will never die has regained new life, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Wizards are engaged in serious discussions with the Orlando Magic to acquire Gilbert Arenas. According to the report, discussions have intensified in recent days, but the parameters of the deal are unclear. But a league source said late Friday night, “It’s very close. A really strong possibility.”

10:05 PM: The Magic’s only win in their last six games has come against the Clippers, and the efficiency differential in four of those five losses has been in double-digits. Orlando, ladies and gentlemen, is in a rut, and due for a change of some kind.

That change may not have to come from within. According to Evan Dunlap of the Orlando Pinstriped Post, an unnamed source has intimated that the the Magic are likely (“70-80%”) to complete a deal as early as tomorrow. Additionally, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that trade talks between the Magic and Wizards have intensified of late, and that the teams are in serious discussions on a deal that could send the highly paid Gilbert Arenas to Orlando.

At best, Arenas would seem to be an odd fit with the Magic; he’s no more natural when paired alongside Jameer Nelson in Orlando than he is with John Wall in Washington. Still, if Otis Smith and Stan Van Gundy have diagnosed perimeter scoring as the Magic’s glaring flaw, Arenas could conceivably give them a boost in that specific area.

In exchange, Orlando could offer a number of distinct trade packages. Vince Carter remains a reasonable candidate to be moved due to his quasi-expiring contract, but players such as Marcin Gortat, Brandon Bass, and Ryan Anderson could also be included in a possible deal.

There’s no use getting terribly specific in the analysis of a potential move without more details as to which parts would be included, but look for more in this space as further reports become available.

  1. leearmon - Dec 18, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    Great move for the Wiz, especially if they can somehow land Gortat. He could push Mcgee in practice and hopefully (for Washington’s sake) get JaVale a little tougher. As for Orlando, an extreme panic move. I live in D.C. and have seen first hand the erosion that is Gilbert Arenas’ game. He is aloof and a troubled young man, all that plus like you mentioned not a good fit in Orlando. I fear that the Magic will try to make him more of a spot up shooter than his natural fit as a play-making combo guard. Plus if this doesnt work out, Orlando has two years to try and convince Dwight that they are headed in the right direction, problem is, they probably aren’t.

  2. downtowndanny - Dec 18, 2010 at 2:34 AM

    if you can move Vince and acquire Gil, thats a no brainer, you would be getting for more for your money. Moving Gortat doesn’t sound like a smart move, I would move Lewis. Because Washington is eager to get Wall as far away from Gil, and would want Vince’s expiring contract, this isn’t rocket science. If Denver had any sense they would be trying to get Gil in a 3 way with NY or NJ for Melo. To have a chance in the East, Orlando has to go after Gil or Melo, but the same rules apply to the Knicks too, something needs to happen soon because the NBA Xmas schedule looks entertaining and any of these trades could affect some of those games..

  3. zblott - Dec 18, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    How will these moves by Orlando affect their Contender/Pretender status?

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