The Orlando Magic enter Week 9 of the NBA season as a revamped and re-energized team, complete with new pieces that will enable them to make a deep run this spring.
As with any trade, Sunday’s blockbuster will not only affect the players involved in the mega-deal but also impact those not involved in the swap.
Gilbert Arenas is the headline name in Saturday’s movement, as the 10-year veteran will escape a capsizing Wizards team and will now be expected to be perhaps a No. 1 offensive threat again. It was evident that Washington’s dismay with Gilbert sprouted after locker room gun charges last winter, which was the antecedent for the team going to great effort to try and terminate the remaining $80 million that remained on his six-year, $111 million deal signed in 2007.
Arenas will platoon with Jameer Nelson in the ball-handling duty, which may keep Gilbert from matching the scoring outputs he showed in Washington years ago, where he averaged just under 30 points per game. Agent Zero could possibly see himself as the Magic sixth man and offensive bench spark, since head coach Stan Van Gundy has already expressed his admiration for the other piece of the deal, Jason Richardson.
Should Gilbert begin his Orlando career coming off the bench, it wouldn’t be a surprise to still see him attain well above 30 minutes per contest and be given ample shot attempts from the perimeter.
In return, incumbent guard Jameer Nelson’s production may take a dip.
In Sunday’s player movement, the Magic also acquired Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu. Turkoglu experienced the best years of his career in an Orlando uniform but don’t expect the 6’10’’ forward to return to his 2007 form. Instead, the 31-year-old will be a fourth-quarter asset and will be responsible for a great deal of ball-handling; we may see his assist totals climb faster than his point production.
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