Magic Talk with Kings

Magic Illustrated has found out the Magic are talking with Sacramento about acquiring some help.

With the NBA's trading deadline being less than 30 hours away, teams are feeling pressure from their fanbases to better their personnel and get something done in the "12th hour". The Orlando Magic are no exception, and despite smacking down the Central division leading Detroit Pistons on their home court Tuesday night, Orlando still needs more depth and rebounding up front. Here is a possibility:

Orlando sends guards Carlos Arroyo, Keyon Dooling, Maurice Evans, and forward Pat Garrity to Sacramento for guard Francisco Garcia and forward Brad Miller.

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.

Francisco Garcia is a solid combo guard/swingman, who can play multiple positions and shoot from the outside. Garcia has a slight frame, at 6'7", 195 lbs., but he moves his feet well and can defend on the perimeter. Garcia is averaging a career high 12.4 ppg., and shoots better than 40% from behind the three point arc. Garcia has a base salary of less than $1.2 million.

Brad Miller is a former All-Star, and at 7'0", 261 lbs., he can rebound and defend down low, as well as shoot from the outside. Miller currently averages 14.4 ppg., and nearly 10 rebounds, and shoots better than 85% from the free throw line. Miller will earn $10.5 million this season.

Why would the Magic make this move? They get rid of their expiring contracts and get a solid starting power forward/center in return, as well as a young player with plenty of potential.

Why would the Kings make this move? They get rid of Miller's contract and get plenty of expiring deals to move ahead with in the future.

Why wouldn't the Magic make this move? Their expiring contracts could be worth more, and they would still have a hole at the shooting guard position, as well as backup point guard.

Why wouldn't the Kings make this move? They'd be giving up on Garcia who could turn into a solid player, without getting much talent in return.

Will it happen? Something is likely going to happen over the next 24 hours, and this deal would make Orlando better. The Kings would cut salaries which is beneficial to them, but they may demand J.J. Redick in return instead of Dooling.


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