Heat Up for Trade Talks

With the obvious need for some kind of shakeup to the Orlando lineup to get better defensively, there is another trade which could be in the works. This one involves Orlando's in state rival Miami Heat, who have been in the dealing mood lately, as they're about to close a deal which gets them out from under the enormous contract of Shaquille O'Neal.

Orlando sends guards Maurice Evans, Keyon Dooling, and Carlos Arroyo, with Pat Garrity to Miami for forward Udonis Haslem, guard Smush Parker and center Mark Blount.

Charlie's player breakdown:

    Keyon Dooling is a solid contributor for the Magic. He's athletic, is one of the team's better defenders, and has made a difference in several games this year. He has a nice contract at nearly $3.6 million, and averages better than 8 ppg. in just 18 minutes, hits his free throws (86.3%), and can play an up tempo game.

    Carlos Arroyo has played better this year than last, but he's not a starting caliber point guard in the NBA. Arroyo's shooting is inconsistent, his defense is nonexistent, and he makes crunch time mistakes all too often. Arroyo can play well in spots, but he can't be counted upon over the long term. Arroyo earns a salary of $4 million.

    Pat Garrity is at the twilight of his career and is nothing more than a salary dump at this point. Pat can shoot from the outside and shoot well from the free throw line, but he's a complete defensive liability. Garrity earns better than $3.8 million.

    Maurice Evans is a solid defender with good size (6'5", 220 lbs.) at the two guard position. Evans takes the ball strong to the basket and can shoot the three a little (37.9%). Evans lacks an in-between game. Evans earns a base salary of $1.47 million.

    Udonis Haslem is an active forward who can rebound and defend, and has range up to about 18 feet. Haslem would bring a sense of toughness to Orlando that they are sorely missing. Udonis averages 12.1 points and 9.3 rebounds playing 37 minutes per game.

    Smush Parker is a reserve point guard that hasn't been playing much since heading to Miami as a free agent prior to this year. Parker can handle the ball, has three point range, and can defend bigger guards with his 6'4" frame. Parker has a salary of $2.25 million.

    Mark Blount is a journeyman center who is a legitimate 7'0" tall. Blount has some offensive skills when facing the basket, but has been a perennial underachiever. Blount earns a whopping $7.9 million.

Why would the Magic make this move?

    Orlando gets a very solid rebounding big man in Haslem who can play defense, and a decent backup in Blount, as well as a solid point guard in Parker. Their depth would be considerably better.

Why would the Heat do this deal?

    The Heat get a couple of local south Florida guys, in Arroyo and Dooling, and more importantly some cap space at the end of the season to start rebuilding.

Why wouldn't the Magic make this move?

    The Magic lose two fifths of their starting lineup in Evans and Arroyo, and a key reserve in Dooling.

Why wouldn't the Heat make this move?

    Pat Riley wouldn't want to do a deal that could help a team not only inside the division, but inside the state, even if it would benefit Miami.

Will it happen?

    It has a better chance than the proposed Kidd deal. Both teams receive pretty close to even value, but once again, it's a trade inside the division which doesn't happen often.