Report: Magic, Wizards Discussing Gilbert Arenas Trade
It would appear the Gilbert Arenas-to-Orlando talk is back on. It’s been no secret that the Magic are looking to make a trade. They know that in order to get past teams like the Celtics and Heat in the Eastern Conference, they’ll need someone who can consistently put the ball in the basket. Will they give Arenas a shot to be that guy?
According to Orlando Pinstriped Post, via J.E. Skeet’s Twitter, the Magic and Wizards are once again discussing a possible swap that includes the troubled Washington guard — who has a recent history of knee issues. Arenas is owed more than $60 million over the next three seasons, and after the gun incident and all the discplinary problems surrounding him it has become clear the Wizards are trying to phase Agent Zero out. The first step, of course, was drafting John Wall with the first overall pick in the draft. The next could be getting something in return for Arenas.
According to the report, the only name that is off-limits in discussions is Dwight Howard. Any deal would likely involve Vince Carter — who could bring a veteran presence to the Wizards and help mentor John Wall — and could include Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis, or Daniel Orton. Both teams reportedly understand what the other side would need to complete the deal.
As OPP points out, the Orlando Sentinel reported earlier in the week that the Magic are “willing to take a step back” by making a trade if it would improve their team for the long term. With his age (28) and history of knee problems, I don’t really see how Arenas and his massive contract would be the solution.