Busy Magic trade Lewis for Arenas

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas rests during a free throw break during the second quarter...

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas rests during a free throw break during the second quarter of their NBA game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, in this October 31, 2007 file photo. (REUTERS/Brent Smith/Files)

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ORLANDO - The Orlando Magic didn't take losing five of six games lying down.

Mired in a mini-slump, the Magic drastically revamped their lineup Saturday by acquiring Gilbert Arenas and Jason Richardson in separate trades involving three teams, eight players, a first-round draft pick and cash.

Orlando traded forward Rashard Lewis to Washington in exchange for Arenas, a three-time All Star guard whose eight years with the Wizards were marked by controversy.

The Magic also acquired Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Earl Clark from the Phoenix Suns for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, a first- round draft pick and cash considerations.

The Magic are set to host Philadelphia on Saturday night.

President and general manager Otis Smith said in a release that Arenas "is a proven All-Star in this league and we're excited to add him to our team."

The embattled former face of the Wizards franchise started only 14 of his 21 games for the team this season, averaging 17.3 points and 34.6 minutes -- below his career numbers.

Once among the league's top scorers, even Arenas admitted the Wizards were no longer his team, saying several months ago that the city belonged to No. 1 draft pick John Wall.

Though he sparkled for Washington, Arenas was also burden at times. He hasn't played a full season since 2006-07 and was suspended for the final 50 games last season in the wake of an incident involving guns in the Wizards locker room.

Arenas has averaged 22.5 points in 486 career NBA games, spending two seasons with Golden State and the last eight with Washington. In a release, the Wizards expressed disappointment over the three seasons since they re-signed Arenas.

"We envisioned a level of team success that we unfortunately were not able to achieve due to injuries and other factors beyond our control," said team president Ernie Grunfeld. "We appreciate the contributions that he made to this franchise and this city and wish him the best of luck."

Before the trades were officially announced, Lewis tweeted that he was "off to DC" and that "it was fun playing in Orlando."

After spending his first nine NBA seasons in Seattle, Lewis played three-plus seasons with the Magic and was averaging 12.2 points in 25 games as a starter for Orlando this year. More than 36 percent of his career shots are three- point attempts.

Lewis "brings us versatility, three-point shooting and a veteran presence," Grunfeld said.

In another release, Orlando GM Smith called Richardson "a tremendous athlete who runs the floor, can shoot the ball and loves to compete."

An 11-year NBA veteran, Richardson has played for three teams and was averaging 19.3 points in third season with the Suns.

Turkoglu returns to Orlando, where he played for five seasons between 2004-09 before stints in Toronto and Phoenix.

"We're obviously familiar with Hedo," Smith said. "He is a great shooter and is a player that has flourished in our system."

Smith said the Magic liked Clark, a 6-10 forward, in the draft last year and that he will help fortify an Orlando frontcourt that features Dwight Howard.

Of the departed players, Lewis said: "Vince (Carter), Marcin (Gortat) and Mickael (Pietrus) did a lot for our organization and we wish them great success in the future."

Carter started all 22 games he played for Orlando this season and will play for his fourth team in seven years.


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