In two big trades, the Magic, who've fallen behind both the Celtics and Heat in the standings, shipped guardsVince Carter andMickael Pietrus,backup centerMarcin Gortat,a 2011 first-round pick and $3 million to the Phoenix Suns for Turkoglu, Richardson and Earl Clark, sources said. In a second trade the Magic dealt Rashard Lewis for Gilbert Arenas.
I think this signficantly improves the Magic perimeter game. Arenas was the best player in the deal, Richardson has always been a Celtic killer and Turkoglu played well when he was in Orlando. It will make them weaker up front. Bass and Ryan Anderson are their power forwards so I feel KG has a big advantage there still. But Orlando will have a lot more firepower to help Dwight Howard.