Welcome Back Corey

Thursday evening's trading deadline is looming in the NBA, and a team like Orlando needs to make some kind of move to get past the second tier of Eastern Conference competitors. This next proposed trade would welcome back former Orlando small forward Corey Maggette, as well as get the Magic some much needed veteran depth at the point guard position.

Orlando sends guards Carlos Arroyo, Keyon Dooling, and Maurice Evans, along with forward Pat Garrity to Los Angeles for guard Sam Cassell and forward Corey Maggette.

Player breakdown:
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.

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.

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.

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.

Sam Cassell is a solid veteran point guard who is on the downside of his career. Still, Cassell is a talented guy who can run an offense, and he can post up smaller point guards. Cassell is averaging 13 points per game in just 26 minutes. Sam earns a base salary of $6.15 million.

Corey Maggette is a talented small forward who can score in many different ways, and play solid defense. Maggette averages better than 21 points per game, grabs nearly 6 rebounds, and shoots 47.5% from the field. Maggette has a salary of $7 million.

Why would the Magic make this move? The Magic steal a star guard/forward, who is one of the most athletic guys in the game, and get the veteran help they need at point guard.

Why would the Clippers make this move? They are out of contention in the West and they get some expiring contracts to go along with getting rid of both Cassell's and Maggette's paper.

Why wouldn't the Magic make this move? Cassell is clearly declining and his attitude could be an issue. Maggette could opt out of his contract after this season and Orlando would likely want to have something renegotiated to keep the young star.

Why wouldn't the Clippers make this move? If Maggette is traded now, there's no way they will be able to re-sign him if he does opt out and becomes a free agent. They would likely be giving away a solid young talent.

Will it happen? Not all that likely. As bad as the Clippers front office is (and they are bad), they wouldn't likely give away a player of Maggette's caliber for basically nothing.


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