Orlando Magic acquire Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson | Magic Basketball

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Dec 18

Orlando Magic acquire Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson

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Via the Orlando Magic:

The Orlando Magic have acquired Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Earl Clark from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, a 2011 first round draft selection and cash considerations, President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Otis Smith announced today.

“We’re very excited to welcome these three players to our family,” said Smith.  “Jason (Richardson) is a tremendous athlete who runs the floor, can shoot the ball and loves to compete.  We’re obviously familiar with Hedo (Turkoglu).  He is a great shooter and is a player that has flourished in our system.  We liked Earl (Clark) in the draft a few years ago, and he will help fortify our frontcourt.  Vince (Carter), Marcin (Gortat) and Mickael (Pietrus) did a lot for our organization and we wish them great success in the future.”

Richardson (6’6”, 225, 1/20/81) has played and started in 25 games this season with Phoenix, averaging a team-high 19.3 ppg., 4.4 rpg., 1.4 apg. and a team-high 1.08 stlpg. in 31.8 minpg., while shooting .470 (183-389) from the floor and .419 (62-148) from three-point range.  He currently ranks 24th in the NBA in scoring and 27th in three-point field goal percentage.

Originally selected in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft by Golden State, Richardson has appeared in 696 career NBA regular season games with Golden State, Charlotte and Phoenix, averaging 18.3 ppg., 5.2 rpg., 2.8 apg. and 1.18 stlpg. in 35.0 minpg.  He has shot .372 (1,291-3,472) from three-point range during his career.  Richardson has also played in 27 career playoff outings, averaging 19.5 ppg., 6.0 rpg., 1.4 apg. and 1.15 stlpg. in 35.6 minpg., while shooting .491 (193-393) from the floor and .421 (77-183) from three-point range.  He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2001-02, claimed the NBA Slam Dunk championship in 2002 and 2003, while also being named MVP of the Rookie Challenge in 2002.

Turkoglu (6’10”, 220, 3/19/79) has played in 25 games (16 starts) this season with Phoenix, averaging 9.5 ppg., 4.0 rpg. and 2.3 apg. in 25.2 minpg. while shooting .423 (41-97) from three-point range.  He currently ranks 24th in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage.

Originally selected in the first round (16th overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft by Sacramento, Turkoglu has appeared in 777 career NBA regular season games with Sacramento, San Antonio, Orlando, Toronto and Phoenix, averaging 12.1 ppg., 4.2 rpg. and 2.9 apg. in 28.1 minpg., while shooting .385 (986-2,562) from three-point range.  He has also played in 74 career playoff outings, averaging 11.8 ppg., 4.6 rpg. and 3.2 apg. in 32.1 minpg.  Turkoglu was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2000-01 and earned the NBA’s Most Improved Player award in 2007-08.

Turkoglu played in 377 games during five seasons with Orlando from 2004-09, averaging 15.8 ppg., 4.6 rpg. and 3.7 apg. in 33.1 minpg.  He helped the Magic reach the NBA Finals in 2009.  Turkoglu was signed as a free agent by Orlando on July 14, 2004.

Clark (6’10”, 225, 1/17/88) has played in nine games with this season with Phoenix, averaging 3.2 ppg. and 1.9 rpg. in 8.0 minpg.  Originally selected in the first round (14th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft by Phoenix, Clark appeared in 51 games with the Suns during his rookie campaign (2009-10), averaging 2.7 ppg. and 1.2 rpg. in 7.5 minpg.  He also played in three playoff contests, averaging 1.3 ppg. in 4.3 minpg.

Carter (6’6”, 220, 1/26/77) played and started in 22 games this season with Orlando, averaging 15.1 ppg., 4.1 rpg. and 2.9 apg. in 30.2 minpg.  Gortat (6’11”, 250, 2/17/84) played in 25 games (two starts) this season with the Magic, averaging 4.0 ppg. and 4.7 rpg. in 15.8 minpg.  Pietrus (6’6”, 215, 2/7/82) played in 19 games this season with Orlando, averaging 6.7 ppg. and 2.6 rpg. in 22.0 minpg.

On Monday, check back for analysis on the trade.

13 comments
Amaleika
Amaleika

hello,

is it now a problem with the long arenas contract to give howard 2012 o max contract?

Smokers Delight
Smokers Delight

This will not end well.

Its nice to see a shake up though. Because we were not going to win a title with the team as it was, so why not?

Samc32771
Samc32771

welcome back HEDO!!!!!!......Im just glad we got rid of carter ,lewis our version of quitness.....maybe are new folks wanna win....rremember winning is 75% attitude and we still got the talent and unless you are a cinical person you know that

Ferric
Ferric

I'm not crazy about getting Turk back, but he was a fantastic fit for our system when he was here. Losing Gortat hurts, but the reality is when things were going well, he hardly saw the floor. Dwight is just going to have to play more minutes and be careful with his fouls. I feel bad for Carter, since those free throws in the Eastern Conference Finals are probably going to hurt more now, but he's 34 and just doesn't have the athleticism to dominate against good defensive teams anymore. Richardson is still in the prime of his career at age 30 is the better player now. If the Lewis for Arenas trade goes through I think the Magic maybe are a title contender again. People forget that Gilbert before the injuries and suspensions used to be a superstar offensive player. He's only 28 and seems to be finally healthy again. Lewis for what ever reason seems to be done, and at the young age of 31 washed up. I think Ryan Anderson right now may have the potential to be better offensive player and defensive rebounder than Lewis, and Gilbert for all of his red flags, if healthy can get his own shot off against anyone.

I excited for the offensive possibilities of this team. A Howard, Anderson, Turk, Richardson, Nelson lineup could be an absolute nightmare to match up against. I have no idea what the team is going to do with Arenas but I would imagine for now he's coming off the bench for Nelson. Which would be an infinite upgrade over Duhon, and I would think that he would take some of Reddicks minute a the 2 as well. Defensively I think this team gets a little worse, Lewis for all of his flaws was an underrated defender at 4. And of coarse the Magic no longer have a real center to back up Howard anymore and are going to miss Peitrus contributions on that end as well.

There's a lot of risk involved in this trade, it's going to be a nightmare for Van Gundy to fit all of these new parts in mid season but what choice do the magic have? This team as currently constructed unfortunately just wasn't going to get it done, and the payroll is way to high for a mid-market team to be satisfied with a second round exit. This trade at least gives the Magic a chance to potentially compete again for the championship.

Basketball Bloke
Basketball Bloke

I actually like these moves for the Magic. Richardson will replace Carter just fine. The team was slipping and needed a shakeup. Underrated aspect: the Magic really struggled with passing on the perimeter and ball movement in general. Lewis was a particular problem in my mind. Turkoglu and Arenas are both good passers. Don't know what this does defensively, but offensively Magic should be better, and defense is all about Dwight anyway. More analysis:
http://www.basketballbloke.com/2010/12/orlando-magic-trade-rumors/

Adolfo
Adolfo

We just dig our tomb...!!!

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

I'm losing my mind here. How are these deals helpful from a basketball sense or financial sense? We give up our only other good inside defensive presence and our best perimeter defender for the worst contract and another terrible contract. Oh, not to mention we trade yet another 1st rounder. Help me make any sense of this...

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

It might be, depending on how the new collective bargaining agreement works out this summer.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

I can kind of understand the intentions with the PHX trade... But I don't get the Arenas one, unless Otis has gone to the future and knows that Arenas is going to be close to the old player.

We have a logjam at the wing spot now, whereas before we could've at least passed Bass off as a backup 5, which he did with Dallas.

Alex
Alex

Its not like we're going to be in the lottery. Trading away picks is no big deal for a team like Orlando. We were going to pay Rashard anyway, so we might as well pay someone who can impact a game, which Lewis hasn't really done in over a year. The Arenas for Lewis is, at worst, a wash.

Now, who would you rather have: Jason Richardson or Vince Carter? The only answer is Richardson considering he is younger and better in every facet. Also, his 14 million dollar contract expires at the end of the year.

MP or Hedo: Honestly, I'd rather have MP. I like Pietrus a lot, and hes a really good defender. But Hedo is shooting 42% from 3 and thrives in a pick and roll offense, which Orlando runs heavily. He's a little older, but he is still 6'10 and can play multiple positions. In the long run, I'd prefer MP, but this is only a slight loss IMO

Gortat or Some Guy Named Earl Clark: Gortat, easy. But the thing about this trade that I like is that we now have a front court of Howard (24-25), Bass (25), Anderson (22), Clark (22), and Orton (18?). A young developing front court. We knew what we had in Gortat. A back up C. We were one of the few teams in the league that had a quality back up C. Now we're just like the majority of the league. Hopefully now Ryan Anderson can keep some minutes.

That help at all?

Think of it this way: Jameer, Arenas, J Rich, and Hedo can all drive the ball and make plays. Before, we had Jameer and Vince (who only did it once a month). One thing our offense has been routinely this year is stagnant, these players should help.
Also, we were giving significant minutes to Rashard Lewis, who may or may not have been on the court, I can't remember. Instead, we'll play Bass more, who has thrived this season, and Anderson more, who is a younger more efficient version of Rashard who also happens to get O-reb at a pretty high rate.

At worse, Arenas is a improvement to the back up PG spot, at best he is a dynamic play maker . Richardson is an improvement at the SG spot, simple as that. Hedo is either an improvement at SF or, again at worst, just solidifies the position, adding depth and length (bothering other lanky SF in the division?).

Bottom line: We lost a guy who never delivered for us like we wanted him to (VC), we lost two back up players (MP and Gortat) and we lost a corpse who was taking minutes from players who can make an impact (Lewis)

We gained a top 5 performer from the playoffs last year (anti VC, J-Rich), gained a 6-10 ball handler who thrives in our system, and a guy who at worst is the best pack up PG in the league. And some guy named Earl Clark.

Ferric
Ferric

It's a big risk for sure, this could blow up in the Magic face. So I hear what your writing. But if things work out, like Arenas being 90% of the player he was in 09. Turk taking the giant fork stuck out of his back, and returning to the pick and roll player he was in 08, Ryan playing up to his potential ect. This could be a huge win for the Magic. Or it could doom the magic to second tier status for the foreseeable future. Which was probably going to happen anyway if the Magic didn't make a move.

Ferric
Ferric

thanks for the correction, yah I meant to put 06 with Gilbert. Looking at Gilbert stats though, he's never been a high pct shooter. The last year he was healthy he only shot 41% from the field. But he also got to the line 10 times per game and made 2.8 three's per game. So fg% isn't everything. I do worry that he doesn't have the same explosion that he used to. All those knee surgeries might have taken their toll. One encouraging g thing about Gilbert is his work ethic. Before the injuries and behavior problems he was know for his compulsive work habits. Which actually hurt his rehab from knee surgery since he tried to do to much to soon.

A fresh start may be all that he needs to return to all star player that he used to be.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

You mean 90% of the player he was in 07. That was the last year Gilbert played a substantial amount of games, 3 years ago. He's shooting 39% this year.