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    Off Topic Magic take away a trading option for Knicks

    The [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], already in serious trade talks with the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] about acquiring [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], have agreed to a deal in principle with the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], according to league sources.

    The trade returns former Magic star [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], along with [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], to Orlando in exchange for [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], a 2011 first-round pick and cash considerations.

    Orlando, losers of five of its last six games, is also close to acquiring Arenas for [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], sources said.

    Magic president Otis Smith told The Associated Press on Saturday that he has had serious talks this week with the Wizards about acquiring Arenas.
    Smith said he would rate the aggressiveness of the talks at an "eight out of 10" but that "nothing is imminent." He would not talk specifics of the potential deal with The AP.
    The two teams have been discussing a deal involving Arenas off and on since last summer.
    Arenas and the Wizards have been open to parting ways since Washington landed point guard [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] with the No. 1 pick and thereby providing a new face for the franchise.
    Arenas was suspended last season for the final 50 games by commissioner David Stern after a locker room incident involving gun play with former teammate [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] came to light last Dec. 23.
    The Magic have plenty of lucrative pieces to package in a trade in addition to Carter's expiring contract. Lewis, who has 2 years remaining on a $118 million, six-year deal, would line up with Arenas' backloaded contract -- which still has about $60 million left.
    Arenas was at Washington's morning shootaround but did not speak to reporters.
    "Have we had conversations with a number of teams regarding guys on our roster? Of course we have," Smith said. "Do we like losing five of six? Of course not. Yeah, there's conversations with Washington regarding Gilbert Arenas."
    The latest round of talks, first reported by Yahoo! Sports, come as no surprise.
    Smith has been a close friend and mentor to the troubled guard going back to their days together at Golden State, when Smith was in the front-office and Arenas was a young player. Smith has said in the past that Arenas' troubles, which, in addition to last year's 50-game suspension, included faking an injury to sit out a preseason game this year, are not a concern.
    "The length of his contract and health probably have been more of my concerns," Smith said. "With the length of his contract, you're always concerned about taking on more, of course. That's always been one of my concerns. I know a little bit more detail about Gilbert off the court and who he is as a person.
    "He's probably similar to the guys we have in the locker room right now. I would say that sometimes good people make dumb decisions, and he's one of those guys."
    Arenas, a three-time All Star, has had several knee problems that limited him to 47 games over the previous three seasons. But while playing alongside -- and often behind -- Wall this season, Arenas has showed flashes of his old self.
    He has averaged 17.3 points and 5.6 assists per game this season, including a season-high 31 points in a loss against the Magic on Nov. 27. The Magic have made strong pushes to acquire Denver's [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and New Orleans' [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], but with those talks showing little progress, they might be forced to make another move.
    Orlando has lost five of its last six games, including a frustrating 1-3 West Coast trip, falling from first to fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Magic were set to host Philadelphia on Saturday night, and Washington was hosting Miami.
    "I circled the West Coast trip on our schedule a long time ago," Smith said. "The West Coast trip, to me, was going to decide whether or not we're going to either fix our woes or continue down the same path. I don't think we've played particularly well leading up to the West Coast trip. So, we were on the West Coast trip and some of our woes continued, so you start to explore opportunities that are out there."

    So J-Rich is gone and as a trading option.Who's left for us to obtain now since so many were in love w/ the J-rich,Tyson chandler option

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    Seems like good news, if anything. Takes away a prime competitor to swoop in on a Melo trade.

    Plus, trading for Richardson would have taken us out of being able to get Melo by trade or signage, assuming we didn't just trade him to be a rental.

    This is a sick trade for ORL, though. And apparently they are getting Arenas for Rashard.

    I don't think Chandler would be good, either, in any event. He's overpaid and will want starter money even if he accepted a role as not being a starter for us. We either need a C who fits the teams style like a glove and can move and has offensive skills (Gasol), or we need a guy who will be a role, albeit key role playing big man, who will be coming off the bench while Amare still logs minutes being a 5 (Gortat, not that he's an option, or just a guy like Glen Davis who isn't a C, per say, but we wouldn't be going for a traditional 5, so much as a bruiser of a big man who can be good off the bench and situationally and won't command starting C dollars)

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    Now phoenix has Wince?

    The suns have taken more L's then any other team since Stoudemire signed with us

    The magic will be tougher now though

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    I hope we don't end up facing the magic now -__-

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    Doesn't really affect the Knicks, but the Magics really traded up.

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    Magic traded up quality-wise but you gotta think that they're really ruining their cap situation, aren't they?

    With Arenas and Turkoglu, I just looked...they're going to be over the cap until the 2013 season...

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