A source has told Howard the Dunk the Magic are close to striking a deal. It sounds like a deal could be done in the next few days. Several outlets are reporting the deal would involve Wizards Guard Gilbert Arenas. Orlando Pinstriped Post reports the chance at deal may be as high as 90%.
Adrian Wojnarowski thinks the deal may involve Vince Carter and other Magic players who have larger, long-term contracts, such as backup Center Marcin Gortat.
Arenas has privately told people for days that he believes a deal will soon send him to Orlando, where he’ll be reunited with Magic general manager Otis Smith, a friend and mentor from Arenas’ days with the Golden State Warriors. Sources said Orlando has escalated its pursuit of a deal in recent days. After losing five of their past six games, the Magic have shown more urgency to find a perimeter scorer who can help them stay a viable contender in the Eastern Conference.
Arenas is averaging 17.3 points and 5.6 assists per game this season.
Of course, if Arenas is the player the Magic are targeting, he won’t come without baggage. His injury history, recent lack of production and off-the-court behavior are all causes for concern for a player who is due over $60 million over the next three seasons (not including the current season).
Even if Arenas is not the player the Magic covet, a trade by the Magic seems imminent.
Update: Good friend Alex Kennedy just made an interesting tweet.
Sources say Orlando has talked to a number of teams and could be planning two separate deals. Trading for Arenas may just be the start.
This would make a little more sense.
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