The Gilbert Arenas-to-Orlando rumors have come back to the forefront since the Magic defeated the Wizards Saturday night. Arenas scored 31 points in the loss.
Wednesday, Orlando Pinstriped Post reported the Magic initiated the most recent conversations with the Washington Wizards concerning Arenas.
Magic General Manager Otis Smith denied the rumor.
Smith told the Orlando Sentinel last night that he hasn’t talked with Washington Wizards officials in months and even then Arenas’ wasn’t the subject of the discussion.
“I’ve not had any conversation with them since June, and his name never came up,” Smith said.
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel had that story here.
Wizards Owner Ted Leonsis denied the rumor as well.
Leonsis has been adamant that the Wizards have no plans to move Arenas, saying last month that “Gilbert is not going anywhere.” In his e-mail, Leonsis said that he “really likes and respects” Arenas and “there are no trade discussions going on.”
“The team is trying to rebuild and Gilbert is one of the leaders on the team,” Leonsis wrote. “Gilbert is the best player on the team right now.”
Michael Lee of the Washington Post has that story here.
Howard the Dunk has been told the Magic have not initiated any contact with the Wizards regarding Gilbert Arenas recently.
Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel has a new trade proposal for the Magic: get Tayshaun Prince from Detroit.
I give you Pistons small forward Tayshaun Prince, Magic fans.
A long-time Magic playoff tormentor, Prince is a long-armed defender who has two title rings and, if needed, can provide some offense.
He is in the final year of his contract, making $11.1 million.
The Magic can provide the Pistons a reasonably priced, young center they desperately need — Marcin Gortat ($6.3 million) — and fillers such as Quentin Richardson ($2.3 mil), Ryan Anderson ($1.4 mil) or/and a first-round pick.
Or the Magic could package Gortat, Mickael Pietrus ($5.3 mil) and Anderson ($1.4 mil) for Prince and veteran center Ben Wallace ($2 mil).
You can read that story here.
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