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  1. Could Jason Richardson be a long-term fixture in Orlando?

    Dec 24, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

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    No one should blame the Phoenix Suns for their reluctance to make a commitment to Jason Richardson. The now-Magic shooting guard is 30 years old after all, and with franchise centerpiece Steve Nash in the later stages of his career, it makes little sense to lock up veteran pieces for the long haul. You should…

  2. Gilbert Arenas happy coming off bench

    Dec 24, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas looked settled into his new Magic role Thursday night — 14 points, 9 assists off the bench. Of course, everything with the Magic looked settled for one game — granted, one game against the team with the best record in the league, but one game. There still may be changes ahead. But Arenas…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Is Orlando a running team now?

    Dec 24, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

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    What you missed while wrapping gifts… what do you mean you’re not done shopping?!? Magic 123, Spurs 101: The Orlando Magic got out and ran. They scored a season high 30 fast break points. There were 95 possessions in the game, closer to a Golden State Warrior pace than what we usually see from Orlando.…

  4. Daniel Orton has successful knee surgery

    Dec 23, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    Daniel Orton

    Orlando rookie Daniel Orton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning, and according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Orton himself reported the surgery as a success. Orton hasn’t played at all for the Magic this season, and this particular procedure is actually a result of an aggravation of a previous injury…

  5. Tracy McGrady tells Toronto he is no Chris Bosh

    Dec 23, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    There was a time when Tracy McGrady was public enemy No. 1 for Raptors fans, he had left Canada for Orlando and the fans felt jilted. He left to join the best players of his day on what everyone thought would be a powerhouse. He left a team without a coach and in disarray. Today…

  6. Boston still beasts of the East (and they’re enjoying it)

    Dec 22, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Why did the Orlando Magic dramatically reshuffle their roster last weekend? The Celtics. Orlando’s brain trust realized their current roster was not going to beat Boston come May. The Celtics knocked the Magic out of the playoffs last season and this season that gap widened. Orlando had to do something — and in doing so…

  7. Meaningless rumor creates stir: Dwight Howard interested in Lakers?

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

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    Dwight Howard can be a free agent in two years and that certainly was part of the motivation for Orlando swinging for the fences with trades to get Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu. The Magic are about the now. But what if it doesn’t work out? Sure, it’s two years away but ESPN’s…

  8. Slow start in Orlando doesn’t faze Gilbert Arenas in the least

    Dec 22, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas is nothing if not confident. Two games into his Orlando Magic career he is 3 of 17 shooting. That’s 17.7 percent. Yet he told Tim Povtak of FanHouse he is worried about nothing. “I’m not playing too well yet, but I’m already `The Man,’ at the grocery store over near the house. I’m…

  9. Suns waive center Earl Barron

    Dec 21, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

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    The Suns now have a pretty good lineup of centers. Yes, the run-and-gun Suns. The team that always seems undersized. But now they have Marcin Gortat and Robin Lopez on the roster. Sorry Earl Barron, that means you are a free agent again. The Suns just waived Barron, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona…

  10. Rashard Lewis dealing with being traded

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

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    For every Gilbert Arenas given a second chance on a contending team, there is a guy shipped from a contender to a rebuilding team who has to make the best of it. Meet Rashard Lewis. The veteran stretch four has gone from being a starter on a strong playoff team to the veteran on a…

  11. Quote of the day: Marcin Gortat is so excited he can barely contain himself

    Dec 21, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, VInce Carter

    “I feel like his first game, boy, he might wet his pants ’cause he’s going to be so excited.” —Vince Carter, talking about teammate Marcin Gortat on KTAR in Phoenix (via Sports Radio Interviews). Gortat was just traded with Carter from the Orlando Magic to the Phoenix Suns, so he is going from limited minutes…

  12. Vince Carter considering knee surgery, would miss month

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:05 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic

    Vince Carter has yet to suit up for the Phoenix Suns — and it could be a while before he does. Carter is considering having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, according to Paul Coro in the Arizona Republic. His left knee has bothered him all season and this would, in theory, clean up the…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Magic need a little more practice together.

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:07 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas, Jeff Teague

    What you missed while wondering what happens when architects play too much Tetris… Dallas beating the Heat again — hey, have another team meeting! — is our game of the night. Hawks 91, Magic 81: It’s going to take some time for the Magic to figure this all out. They started Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson,…

  14. Gilbert Arenas says goodbye to Washington

    Dec 20, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Gilbert Arenas was a dichotomy in Washington — for a while he rekindled interest in what seemed a long-dead franchise. He could ball and he was entertaining. On the other hand there was the juvenile idiocy that led to the gun charges and suspension. Now he is sent off to try and resurrect his career…

  15. Report: Magic call about Knicks Ronny Turiaf as backup center

    Dec 20, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    One of the clear issues for the Magic after their weekend mega-trades (or at least mega-salary trades) was at backup center. They went from having one of the best in the league with Marcin Gortat, to having Earl Clark. Which is tough in a conference where you want to beat the Boston Celtics. The Magic…

  16. Did Orlando do enough to keep Dwight Howard in town?

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    In the summer of 2012, Dwight Howard can be a free agent. (He has a player option for 2013.) Orlando General Manager Otis Smith watched what happened in Cleveland last summer with keen interest — the superstar player in a smallish market who didn’t win the title he craved and bolted town because of it.…

  17. LeBron James understands why Orlando brought Hedo Turkoglu back

    Dec 19, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns

    When the Orlando Magic reacquired Hedo Turkoglu this weekend in their batch of megatrades, the biggest reaction was confusion. Why would they bring back Turkoglu, who had been let go in 2009 because the Magic felt his skills would erode with age, and then that exact thing occurred? He was a washout with Toronto after…

  18. Are the Magic contenders now?

    Dec 19, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Through the summer’s free agent frenzy, the Orlando Magic sat on the sidelines with a Zen-like calmness. They were confident the pieces were already in place to beat Boston this time around if they could just stay healthy. Same with the Heat. A quarter of the way into the season that was clearly not the…

  19. Gilbert Arenas has one more chance to change his legacy

    Dec 19, 2010, 3:25 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Orien Greene did not get a second chance. Not yet, anyway. Len Bias did not get a second chance. Ron Artest did. Many players with mistakes worse than Gilbert Arenas have gotten second chances and many players with lighter misdeeds have not gotten such chances at redemption.  There’s no rhyme or reason to second chances…

  20. Orlando makes trades: sends Vince Carter and others to Phoenix, get Arenas from Washington

    Dec 18, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

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    Otis Smith just swung for the fences. We’ll see if he connects. The Orlando Magic have traded Vince Carter, Mikael Pietrus, and Marcin Gortat to the Phoenix Suns for Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, a first-round pick and Earl Clark. The Magic have also traded Rashard Lewis to the Washington Wizards for Gilbert Arenas. ESPN, CBSSports.com,…

  21. Report: Suns brought into Magic trade talks about Hedo return

    Dec 18, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Phoenix Suns

    Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Magic have contacted the Phoenix Suns and are discussing a trade which would return Hedo Turkoglu to Orlando where he had his best years. Multiple reports have the Magic considering sending Vince Carter along with Marcin Gortat in exchange for Turkoglu, and potentially Jason Richardson. These talks are…

  22. Reports: Rashard Lewis on the table for Gilbert Arenas

    Dec 18, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

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    UPDATE 11:07 am: Ken Berger of CBSSports has thrown an interesting twist in these talks with his latest update — the Suns may be involved as a third team, meaning Hedu Turkoglu could be making a return to Orlando as part of the deal. In this scenario the Magic would be shipping out Marcin Gortat…

  23. 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…

  24. What to do with Rashard Lewis? Bring him off the bench?

    Dec 17, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 3

    Rashard Lewis was always a bit of an overpaid specialist, a stretch four that worked pretty well in the Orlando system but was making way too much money to do it. But this season, his stats have taken a step backward. His shooting percentage — both overall and from three — have taken a step…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Orlando’s defense went to Disneyworld for the night

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:32 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Vince Carter

    What you missed while answering very hard hockey trivia questions…. Nuggets 111, Magic 94: There’s an old coaching axiom that offense can be hit or miss but defense never takes a night off. Orlando tried its best to prove that wrong Tuesday. Orlando played defense like Golden State for a night. Carmelo Anthony (in his…

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