The Orlando Magic remade their roster with a pair of trades, acquiring Gilbert Arenas from the Washington Wizards and three players from the Phoenix Suns.
The Magic, who have lost six of their last seven games, made a six-player deal yesterday with Phoenix that brought Hedo Turkoglu back to Orlando along with Jason Richardson and Earl Clark. The Suns will get Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus.
Orlando earlier sent Rashard Lewis to the Wizards for Arenas in a swap of former All-Stars. The Wizards have been open to trading Arenas since making point guard John Wall the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft.
Arenas was suspended by the National Basketball Association for the final 50 games of last season after a locker room incident involving guns.
“I always say that good people sometimes make stupid decisions,” Magic General Manager Otis Smith, who knows Arenas from their days together with the Golden State Warriors, told reporters.
Arenas, 28, a three-time All-Star, started his career with Golden State in 2001-02 and spent two seasons there before joining the Wizards for the past eight seasons.
Arenas was limited to 47 games the previous three seasons because of knee problems. He has averaged 17.3 points per game this season, including a season-high 31 points in a loss to the Magic on Nov. 27. He has three years and $62.4 million remaining on his contract after this season.
Lewis, 31, a two-time All-Star who averaged more than 14 points a game in each of his previous 10 seasons, is averaging 12.2 points per game this season. He is making $20.5 million this season and is owed $45.8 million over the next two years.
Turkoglu played in Orlando in 2004-09, helping the Magic reach the NBA Finals in 2009. He moved to Toronto last season and was traded to the Suns before this season.
Because of the trades, Orlando (16-10) had only eight players available last night in a 97-89 home loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
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