The Orlando Magic, already in serious trade talks with the Washington Wizards about acquiring Gilbert Arenas, have agreed to a deal in principle with the Phoenix Suns, according to league sources.
The trade returns former Magic star Hedo Turkoglu, along with Jason Richardson and Earl Clark, to Orlando in exchange for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, a 2011 first-round pick and cash considerations.
Orlando, losers of five of its last six games, is also close to acquiring Arenas for Rashard Lewis, sources said.
Orlando always had a few big men to spare, so losing Gortat shouldn't be a big deal. Howard's still got a solid backup in Brandon Bass.
Shipping out the heartless VC and getting Hedo AND J-Rich from Phoenix is a steal for Orlando. I'll be REALLY impressed if they can follow that up with the proposed Arenas/Rashard swap.
Now there are too many ball handlers on this team. SVG has already said that Nelson is the starting PG, which makes no sense because Arenas is the better player and Nelson while good probably needs to be traded now for another big guy. Hedo thrived the first time because he played point during crunch time and let Nelson roll without the ball and causing matchup problems at the top. The problem is Arenas always needs the ball as well.
This team is still missing that leader on the court that keeps everyone's eye on the prize.
This is now a really weird team of mostly guards and Howard.
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