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Aug 16

3-on-3 roundtable: A look at the road ahead

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A week ago, Magic Basketball’s team of writers were featured on a recent 5-on-5 roundtable discussion at ESPN.com, answering offseason questions pertaining to the Orlando Magic and providing our opinions on several topics, including our thoughts on Dwight Howard‘s future and more. But we didn’t stop there.

As a supplement, here is our 3-on-3 roundtable discussion on the Magic.

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What are your thoughts on Gilbert Arenas’ Twitter account?

Nate Drexler: Gilbert’s tweets are highly entertaining, but highly discouraging. I hate to make a big deal out of nothing, especially while there is no NBA season happening, but it’s almost all the evidence you need that he does not care about this game anymore. Being a goofball is one thing, but the aura that Gilbert has created in his tweet-o-sphere is childish to me. If I’m Otis Smith, Stan Van Gundy, or any Magic player, I’m thinking to myself, “I cannot wait until this guy is not my problem anymore.”

Eddy Rivera: Following Gilbert Arenas on Twitter has been one of my more hilarious endeavors since I signed up in 2009. If you want to see Arenas without a filter, then you’ve come to the right place. It’s refreshing to see that Arenas doesn’t hold anything back and you feel like you’re getting his real personality when he tweets. Sure, Arenas has gotten fined an undisclosed amount of money by the NBA for some of his content but at least he’s not playing it by the book. For Arenas, there is no book, just random pages.

Matt Scribbins: The pictures of him planking are the most entertaining I have even seen on Twitter and it’s not even close. His daily shoe contests are a fun way for him to interact with fans and reward his followers with a cool prize. I’ll give him credit for being honest, but he is probably to the point where he has offended nearly everyone. I think Foghorn Leghorn could probably sum it up the best – “It was the best of times, I said it was the worst of times.”

Should Otis Smith be fired?

Nate Drexler: Otis Smith is coming up on the biggest decision and turning point of his entire career. To deal Dwight or not to deal? To sign a huge blue chip guy or not to sign him? To somehow recapture Dwight or not to recapture him? What happens at the end of 2012 will seal Smith’s fate for better or for worse. As far as I can see, he has one chance left. Make good with this Dwight situation, and keep your job. Spoil it like you’ve spoiled so many deals, and you’re probably out of a job. So I say don’t fire him … yet.

Eddy Rivera: Yes. Despite having the second-highest payroll in the NBA last season, the Orlando Magic lost in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks. Unfortunately for Dwight Howard, his MVP-caliber year was undermined thanks in large part to Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jason Richardson — players that are earning eight figure salaries, yet produced very little when it mattered the most. That’s making an inefficient use of resources if there ever was an example of it. In short, general manager Otis Smith took an elite team and championship contender, and morphed it into an also-ran in a calendar year.

Matt Scribbins: He shouldn’t be extended, that’s for sure. He made high profile moves that didn’t pan out and is in desperate need of some good luck. If Gilbert Arenas can salvage his career, then Otis will look a lot smarter. However, Otis should leave town in a hot tick if a) his moves don’t work and b) he doesn’t make the requisite moves to show Dwight that Orlando is set up for long term success.

If you were forced to trade Dwight, where would you trade him to?

Nate Drexler: Obviously when thinking about trading Dwight the biggest question is “what can I get for him”? There is just not a ton out there. As far as I can see, you’re choosing between Brook Lopez and Andrew Bynum. These aren’t huge blocks to build on, but I guess it could be worse. When it comes down to it, I think you could get more from Los Angeles with Bynum and maybe a veteran or two on top. If I could trade him anywhere at all, though, it would be Miami. I would love to see LeBron in Orlando. Maybe that is not the most realistic trade in the world, but if I were in charge I’d be looking for the biggest and best trade chip for my most valuable player.

Eddy Rivera: Magic fans don’t want to hear this, but I would trade Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers if we’re being realistic with where he would want to play in 2012 and beyond. Sure, you could swap Howard for LeBron James and call it a day, but that would never happen so there’s no point in discussing it. With the Lakers, I would demand that they take on Gilbert Arenas’ contract while building a package around Andrew Bynum. Yes, Bynum is injury-proned but two of his injuries came on freak plays. Bynum’s right knee collided with Kobe Bryant one time and his left took landed on Lamar Odom the other time. Nevertheless, head coach Stan Van Gundy likes to center his team around a big man, and a 23-year old Bynum isn’t a bad piece to build around. Risky? Sure. But it’s a necessary evil.

Matt Scribbins: I would prefer if Dwight was traded to a team in the Western Conference. If he stays in the Eastern Conference, Orlando would have to play him up to four times each regular season. Plus, do you want to potentially face Dwight every year in the playoffs? Every one suggests a trade to the Lakers, and I agree. The Magic would replace the best center in the NBA with the second best if they received Andrew Bynum in a deal.

9 comments
Callon_34
Callon_34

this is not Dwight's choice...he doesn't have a no trade clause so you trade him for the best offer if you trade him at all

Alessandro Vincenzo Vitiello
Alessandro Vincenzo Vitiello

or greg oden and brandon roy, derric williams and ricky rubio, just because the magic trade the best player at their position doesn't mean they have to get the second best at the same position, the okc trade is alot smarter V

Alessandro Vincenzo Vitiello
Alessandro Vincenzo Vitiello

why does he have to be traded to la? im pretty sure the thunder would give us james harden and russel westbrook for dwight howard

Rahid
Rahid

And I agree dont fire otis Yet, he'll probably try harder to fix this compared to anyone else at the moment since he messed it up, but if he brings in ANYONE from the warriors or played there one more time then fire him right away

Rahid
Rahid

Oh man mediocrity is going to suck so much...if he leaves of course. Keep him or fire everyone, what will brook lopez or even bynum bring in a svg system? Cant go inside for a living anymore so run pick and rolls and shoot 3's 48 mins...

Wundervogel
Wundervogel

How about we stop talking about trading Dwight so we don't piss him off.  Just liked he asked.

But, I agree Otis should get fired.

Stephen
Stephen

Is it the Lakers or LA?
Because you could do a decent rebuilding trade w/Clips.
Dwight,Nelson for Eric Gordon,Eric Bledsoe,Cris Kaman,the unconditional 2012 Minn First the Clips have and a 2014 Clipper First.

If there's a Cap free buy-out provision in new CBA,Magic buy-out Arenas and are sitting at @ $50mil in payroll.

A follow up trade of Reddick to a team needing a SG who shoots for either a couple of players or a cheaper one(to NJ for Morrow,to Minn for Webster) and if the new Cap is high enough,throw it all at Marc Gasol. 
If you don't think the Cap will be high enough for a run at Gasol,try Reddick,protected 2012 First(20,15,10,10) to Minn for Anthony Randolph and Martell Webster. You're taking a flyer on Randolph that w/proper coaching and consistent minutes he'll be a solid player.
With decent luck,the Magic should make Play-Offs,Randolph is good enough to keep and the team has 2 picks(one Minn's) in a loaded Draft and a core of Bledsoe,Gordon,Randolph,Minn pick to build around.

kenkaniff
kenkaniff

What if you offer Dwight a trade to LAL and he says i wont sign long term with them? Then u are stuck arent you Otis? (Jay-z and Kanye are laughing at you).

Carlo Simone
Carlo Simone

I absolutely do not like Andrew Bynum and I'm a very reasonable and forgiving basketball fan.  But it is one of the better if not the best deals out there if some other Lakers are included or if we can get another team involved.  I also agree with Matt that he should go to the West if traded.

To me, Dwight is only worth a few guys in the league straight up.  LeBron, Wade or CP3 to name a few.  But then we're building around the perimeter and I'm not sure that's where we want to go with SVG's system.

Basically, Dwight being traded right now doesn't present a whole lot of great options.