Magic ac­quire Are­nas, Turkoglu, Richardson

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

OR­LANDO, FLA: So much for an­other tweak. A rough patch early this sea­son was enough to con­vince the Or­lando Magic that per­haps they weren't good enough to con­tend in the East­ern Con­fer­ence af­ter all. They acquired trou­bled guard Gil­bert Are­nas from the Washington Wizards and Hedo Turkoglu and Ja­son Richardson from the Phoenix Suns in a ma­jor ros­ter shakeup Satur­day.

The Magic sent for­ward Rashard Lewis to Washington and Vince Carter, Mick­ael Pi­etrus and Marcin Gor­tat to Phoenix in a sep­a­rate trade. Or­lando also gave Phoenix its 2011 first-round draft pick and cash and re­ceived Suns for­ward Earl Clark .

"We needed a lit­tle bit more punch," Magic pres­i­dent Otis Smith said. "All those guys com­ing in have an abil­ity to move the ball. Af­ter look­ing at our team through 25 games, we were missing a lit­tle some­thing. I thought change was needed." The over­haul was a ma­jor move for a fran­chise that be­gan the sea­son be­liev­ing it had all the pieces for its first cham­pi­onship.

In­stead, Or­lando had lost five of its last six games to drop from first to fourth in the East­ern Con­fer­ence. The slide was mag­ni­fied by win­ning streaks of 11 by Mi­ami and 12 by Bos­ton, a rip­ple ef­fect that was enough to force Or­lando to re­vamp the ros­ter again with a player look­ing for a sec­ond chance of his own. -PB News

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