My fellow Orlando-ans,
please forgive me for rehashing old news, but I spent my weekend at Panama City Beach with some old college roommates and didn't have access to a computer.
Anyway, we were about halfway to the "Redneck Riviera" when my friend called me with the news.
About the only audible response I could muster was, "Hmm."
As I tried to spin this move into a positive light, I realized I couldn't do it. I couldn't lie about my feelings just so that my "friend" wouldn't rip me a new one.
I proceeded to vent about the five reasons this is a God-awful idea, which I will share with you all know.
Thank you in advance for the impromptu therapy session.
As Dave Chappelle would say in the voice of Rick James, "The milk's gone
You see this picture? About five years ago, that would have been Vince up there skying. Now he's been reduced to boxing out Walter Herrmann.
At the height of Carter's career, he was best known for playing above the rim.
Now that his best days are behind him, Carter is a solid perimeter player.
But I don't think he makes Orlando's offense better because of who we gave up to get him and the implications of what the Carter trade means, which brings me to my next point....
I really hope that the Carter trade doesn't mean Otis and Co. are going to give up on bringing Hedo Turkoglu back.
Realistically though, it would cost too much money to have Hedo, Vince, Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis on the roster.
Just because Turkoglu and Carter had similar scoring averages last year doesn't mean that Vince can replace Hedo. Turkoglu did so many things that Carter can't do, like running the point and knocking down the clutch shot.
Lee was Orlando's best on-ball defender and he was only a rookie. He routinely drew the toughest assignment from a defensive standpoint.
At the same time, Lee showed an ability to knock down the 3-pointer and the mid-range jumper. He wasn't shy about taking the ball to the hole—remember his dunk on LeBron in the conference finals?.
In my mind, Courtney Lee is the full package. The sky's the limit for this kid, while Vince can only go down from here on out.
I think Orlando fans will be kicking themselves, wondering what could have been if Lee had stayed.
This is probably the part of the trade that pisses me off the most.
This was definitely an unlikely scenario, but how sweet would it have been for Alston to stay in Orlando?
That is, provided he understood that he was Jameer Nelson's backup.
When Nelson went down, Otis Smith recognized that something had to be done. We weren't going to get very far with Anthony Johnson and Tyronn Lue.
Alston gave the team a big lift and helped Orlando reach the NBA Finals.
He's getting to the point in his career where he won't have many starting seasons left. Obviously, given his reaction to Nelson's return in the Finals, he still sees himself as a starter.
Still, if someone could have convinced him otherwise, the Magic might have had the best point guard tandem in the NBA.
Always has been. Always will be.
This is an especially bad thing when your point guard, Jameer Nelson, is already more of a shoot first, pass second kind of guy.
On top of that, the Magic already have enough difficulty getting Dwight Howard the ball in the post.
It will only get worse with Carter dominating the ball.