Carter is now an hour away from where he grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida, and is a big addition to an already great Orlando Magic team.
Here's the full trade:
G/F Vince Carter
F Ryan Anderson
G Rafer Alston
G Courtney Lee
F/C Tony Battie
First, let's start with the Magic. Before the trade, the Magic were going to be limited in the amount of money they could offer Turkoglu, which meant that they would not be able to participate in the bidding war that will occur in a couple weeks.
Hedo actually turned down a contract offer from the Magic prior to him opting out of his contract. They were hoping for the hometown discount, but by opting out Turkoglu nullified that idea. The Magic were looking at a huge hole in their offense; Hedo could not only shoot, he also acted as a point guard on many plays by bringing the ball up the floor.
Hedo was one of the best closers in the game; he stepped it up in the fourth quarter and hit some huge shots for the Magic last year.
By acquiring Carter, the Magic may lose some size, but that is all they lose. Carter can do it all—clutch three's, handle the ball, basically fill all of the Magic's needs. Yes, Carter is close to the end of his career, but he can provide some veteran leadership and help mentor Dwight Howard in handling NBA superstardom.
The other piece of the trade, Ryan Anderson, is young, but he has a lot of upside. He brings size and a jump shot to the table, which Orlando would miss with the losses of Turkoglu and Battie.
Everyone knew Alston was on the trading block, but Courtney Lee was a surprise. Lee had a solid season and, other than the two big missed shots in game two of the finals, he really picked his game up in the playoffs.
The Magic could either start Pietrus and put Carter at the two, or go a route and start JJ Redick at shooting guard and leave Pietrus as a sixth man. Redick is another player who really picked his game up in the playoffs, especially on the defense end of the game, which is a place he had struggled his entire career.
What's next for the Magic?
Nothing really. This trade solidifies their starting rotation and bench. The only need they have is a backup for Dwight Howard with Gortat heading for a bigger paycheck through free agency. Expect the Magic to once again be one of the teams to beat in the Eastern Conference.
Now let's move on to the New Jersey Nets. Vince Carter was a veteran player on a young team and there were trade rumors floating around last trading deadline, so this was not a surprise. With the addition of first round pick Terrance Williams, the Nets could afford to move Anderson.
As mentioned before, Courtney Lee had a solid season last year. Lee is a budding all-star and is a great addition to a young team. He brings a good jump shot, quickness, and playoff experience. He, Lopez, and Harris could be the be the beginning of a fast paced, slashing Nets offense.
Battie and Alston bring some veteran leadership and playoff experience as well. In the days leading up to the draft, Devin Harris was pleading that the Nets get some help at the point guard position. Well, they got it in Rafer Alston. Alston proved that he is still a good point guard last season by leading the Magic into the Finals. He can play an upbeat offense and can slash to the basket when needed.
What's next for the Nets?
Growing up. This is a young team that showed a lot of promise last year. Vince Carter will be missed, but Devin Harris, Courtney Lee, and Brook Lopez are three solid players to build a team around because they are only going to get better.
With a lottery draft pick in Terrance Williams, and added depth with Alston and Battie, the Nets are primed to make the playoffs this year. Expect the Nets to squeak in as the eighth seed in the East.