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The Magic have just completed a series of big trades, but they're not done yet. The team still has an opening at power forward and too many talented players at the guard position (never too bad of a problem).
This team has a lot of talent with Gilbert and Dwight. Add Jameer Nelson and Turkoglu and it's enough to give them the shake-up they needed after under-performing the last couple of weeks. To get back to the championship, they're going to need a grinder who can play opposite Dwight and make opposing teams fear playing the Magic. Here's my idea:
Memphis receives: Jason Richardson, Brandon Bass and a first-round pick.
Orlando receives: Zach Randolph and Sam Young.
Both Randolph and Richardson are expiring contracts. Both have been contributing this year, and although Randolph is the much better player in the trade, it would make sense for both teams to pull the trigger on this. Memphis is making a playoff push, but will probably fall short yet again. They don't want to pay Randolph the money he is asking for in the offseason and will probably lose him to somebody who does.
Memphis would be getting a player who can fill a gap at shooting guard for a team that seems to have lost faith in OJ Mayo (despite that performance against the Spurs last night) as well as a guy in Bass who would serve as a good spot starter the rest of the year or backup to Darrell Arthur, who I think can really fit in well if given the chance to star.
If they do decide to let JRich go, they'd be able to show Marc Gasol the money, and also draft somebody late in the first round along with their pick. Perhaps this first-rounder could be a cheaper Randolph replacement, but who knows?
Orlando would instantly become my favorites to win the NBA championship this year. Say what you want about Randolph's lack of teamwork, the guy hustles every night and is an absolute beast. Can you imagine what Nelson, Arenas, Turkoglu, Randolph and Howard could do together? This potentially would be the best offensive team the sport has ever seen. They'd be the only team ever that is capable of winning a championship without having capable defenders on the floor.
This trade, although unlikely, would really benefit both teams as Memphis is going to lose Randolph in the offseason for nothing and can actually pick up some talent, while the Magic would get the power forward they've been looking for.