Orlando Magic Deal Vince Carter To Phoenix Suns, Still Interested In Arenas

Chris Faig@@ULuminaryCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2010

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After being in some serious trade conversations with the Washington Wizards regarding the acquisition of Gilbert Arenas, the Orlando Magic have traded Vince Carter to the Phoenix Suns.  The trade is not finalized but the terms have been agreed upon by both sides.

Orlando also sends Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, a 2011 first-round pick, and cash considerations to the Suns in return for Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark.

But the Magic aren't finished yet.

It has been reported by the Associated Press, that Otis Smith, president of the Orlando Magic, has said that serious trade talks have existed between Orlando and the Washington Wizards surrounding Gilbert Arenas.  Smith was not too specific when talking about the potential deal, but rated Orlando's pursuit of Arenas as an "eight out of 10."

The Magic and Wizards have reportedly been discussing possible trades involving Arenas since last summer.  Once Arenas was suspended for the final 50 games of last season for the locker room gun-flashing incident, it was quite obvious that he would be moved in the near future.  Now, with the Magic showing increased interest in the 10-year guard out of Arizona, Arenas' departure from Washington is looking like a sure thing.

The Magic have offered Rashard Lewis for Gilbert Arenas, which has sparked some interest in Washington.

This deal could potentially save the Washington Wizards $24 million, with four years and $80 million still remaining on his $111 million deal that was signed two years ago.  

Gilbert Arenas has been quite productive this season, averaging 17.3 PPG, 5.6 APG, 3.3 RPG, and 1.40 SPG in 34.6 minutes of play.

This trade is supposedly in the final steps of completion.  If the Arenas-Lewis deal does indeed go through, than the Orlando Magic will have another elite player on their team to take away some attention from the almighty Dwight Howard.

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