Orlando Makes Magic: Breaking Down The Winners and Losers Of Both Trades

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IDecember 20, 2010

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Saturday's two blockbuster deals had many talking highly of the Orlando Magic.

The acquisitions will undoubtedly benefit the Magic as they make their way into the postseason, but as far as fantasy basketball goes, not everyone was a winner from both trades.

Breaking down the winners and losers of both trades (Fantasy wise)

Washington Wizards send Gilbert Arenas to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Rashard Lewis.

Winner—Rashard Lewis

Lewis might be the second-highest paid NBA player in the league, but that hasn’t prevented the sharp-shooter from posting his worst averages since his early years in the league.

The power forward will go from averaging just 10.8 shots per game (this season) to around 15-16 on a depleted Washington Wizards team.

Lewis will also get the opportunity to raise his field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and scoring average while logging well over 32 minutes per contest.

Rashard Lewis fantasy owners will reap the benefits of the trade for the remainder of the season.

Loser—Gilbert Arenas

Arenas will have to learn to transition from being the star of his team to becoming a team player. The guard will be lucky to chuck up his career average of 17.2 shots per game and his scoring average should certainly take a hit.

Not to mention, Arenas will have to share the backcourt with Jameer Nelson, ultimately leading to fewer assists per game as well.

While Arenas surely won't be a top fantasy player anymore, he will be a major force for Orlando as the season progresses.

Phoenix Suns send Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark to the Orlando Magic for Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus and Vince Carter.

Winners—Hedo Turkoglu, Marcin Gortat, Brandon Bass

This deal produced many winners for fantasy owners.

Hedo Turkoglu will return to his old stomping grounds where he put up his career numbers. During the 07-08 season, Turkoglu won the Most Improved Player of the Year Award in which he averaged just under 20 PPG, 5.7 RPG, and 5.0 APG.

Although the Magic roster is loaded with star power, Turkoglu will quickly retransform into his old self (after failing to perform during the last two seasons).

Expect Turk's fantasy value to increase. As to how much, we will just have to wait and find out.

Marcin Gortat will finally get the deserved opportunity to start for an NBA team. In a fast-paced offense with Steve Nash as his point guard, Gortat should be able to average close to a double-double per night if given ample minutes per contest.

If you're in need of a center, you should pick up Gortat as soon as possible.

Brandon Bass will slide into Rashard Lewis' old power forward position for the Magic. Bass has never had a consistent opportunity to start for an NBA team and will now get the chance to show off his talents.

Paired up with Dwight Howard in the frontcourt, Bass should be able to score just over the 10-point mark per game with at least 7-8 rebounds per contest as well.

Bass should be scooped up in all fantasy formats immediately.

Loser—Jason Richardson

J-Rich goes from a top guard in the league (averaging just under 20 PPG) to joining a squad filled with big-named players.

While Richardson should keep up his high shooting averages and three-pointers made per game, his scoring total and other statistics will take a major hit.

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