Boston Celtics: How Are They Affected By the Recent Orlando Magic Trades

December 18th, 2010 by Mike Mehta Leave a reply »
After losing five out of their last six games, the Orlando Magic finally decided to shake things up with two significant trades.

Trade No. 1: Rashard Lewis traded to the Washington Wizards for Gilbert Arenas.

Rashard Lewis had become a scapegoat in Orlando for some of their offensive and defensive struggles.  As the Magic's highest paid player, some of the criticism was warranted even though he probably did not deserve a max contract.  His overall play had become too inconsistent, having only scored over 20 points three times this season, and is having his worst statistical year since his second year in the league.

This trade frees up playing time for Brandon Bass, an under-sized power forward that loves to get his nose dirty and is strong around the rim.  Orlando had been using a lineup that consisted of two power forwards, however Lewis' production was simply unsatisfactory.

In return, Orlando receives guard Gilbert Arenas.  After becoming obsolete in Washington after the drafting of John Wall (and the offseason acquisition of Kirk Hinrich), Arenas was in dire need of a new beginning.  The Wizards ...

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