Orlando Magic Make Key Trades: Did They Save Their Playoff Hopes?

December 27th, 2010 by Thomas H. Leave a reply »
Since trading with both the Washington Wizards and Phoenix Suns, the Orlando Magic have gone undefeated against two teams that had both won more than 10 games in a row, the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs. 

The trade sent away key parts of the Magic in Rashard Lewis, Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus and backup center Marcin Gortat. They gained three veteran stars in Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and former Magic Hedo Turkoglu.

The recent wins have ignited the quieted careers of the troubled Gilbert Arenas and Hedo Turkoglu, who struggled in short stints in Phoenix and Toronto.

Or have they? Yes, Gilbert Arenas escaped his backup spot behind rookie John Wall in Washington and much trouble from last year's gun incident. Yet his statistical numbers are down from his playing time in Orlando, as he shoots 29% from the field and averages 10 less points. The points are largely because of his smaller minutes, but the shooting percentage has been poor and inconsistent.

Though he is a happier Gilbert, his numbers are below those of Rashard Lewis, who was traded away in hopes of improvement. Rashard's numbers have improved in Washingto ...

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