After a 1-3 west coast road trip that left them reeling and on the outside looking in terms of being a championship contender, the Magic shook up their roster. Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, a first round pick and cash considerations were shipped to the Phoenix Suns. The Magic received Jason Richardson, Earl Clark and welcomed back former Magic wing Hedo Turkoglu in return. They also sent Rashard Lewis to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Gilbert Arenas.
It’s obvious the newly acquired players are going to have a profound impact, but how are they going to affect the players that were already there?
The first and most obvious question surrounding the deal is how the biggest name in the trade, Gilbert Arenas, will fit in to the equation. Some assumed Arenas, who commands the ball and really needs to in order to be at his best.
“Gilbert is a player, I think he has to have the ball in his hands,” Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy explained. “He is not a guy that is primarily an off the ball guy.”
Van Gundy, however, was quick to note Nelson, a co-captain (along with Dwight Howard), would remain the team’s starting point guard.
“Of the four guys, one of them has got to come off the bench,” Van Gundy said. “Jameer will not be the guy. It will be Gilbert, Jason or Turk. It will not be Jameer.”
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Topics: Brandon Bass, Chris Duhon, Dwight Howard, Gilbert Arenas, J.j. Redick, Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Jason Williams, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, Orlando Magic, Otis Smith, Quentin Richardson, Rashard Lewis, Ryan Anderson, Stan Van Gundy, Vince Carter