Reports: Rashard Lewis on the table for Gilbert Arenas


UPDATE 11:07 am: Ken Berger of CBSSports has thrown an interesting twist in these talks with his latest update — the Suns may be involved as a third team, meaning Hedu Turkoglu could be making a return to Orlando as part of the deal. In this scenario the Magic would be shipping out Marcin Gortat for sure and maybe Vince Carter as well as Rashard Lewis and getting in return both Turkoglu and Arenas.

It’s complex. Complex things fall apart sometimes. But this trade a lot of momentum right now.

10: 15 am: Momentum has picked up significantly in the last 12 hours towards an Orlando Magic trade, specifically one for Gilbert Arenas. When reports surfaced last night that the Magic were 70-80% likely to complete a trade, most assumed it would be Vince Carter along with some other Magic player for Gilbert Arenas and possibly another player. But as things have evolved, it would appear that a different element has come into play.

Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post, which reported that the Magic and Wizards were engaged in talks on December 1st, reported Friday night that Rashard Lewis is on the table in trade discussions.  The addition of Lewis makes this entire situation more fluid. One, it would mean the Magic would be taking on Gilbert’s huge albatross of a contract, but would be doing so in exchange for their own heavy financial anchor. Lewis is on the books for over $21 million next season in addition to the $19 million he’s being paid this season.

Lewis, once an integral part of the Magic’s three-pronged attack with Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu (also let go for parts unknown, and by parts unknown I mean Toronto and then Phoenix), has slipped significantly over the past two seasons. In short, he’s a power forward who doesn’t rebound, and becoming one who doesn’t score that well either.

If moving for Arenas is considered a gamble, Lewis is limiting their risk to a certain degree. While Arenas’ contract is certainly more limiting should he also be unable to contribute at a meaningful level, removing Lewis’ contract from the books stems that wound’s geyser a bit.

Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld reports that the Magic may already have a deal finished, and may be looking for a separate deal with Phoenix, Portland, and… the Denver Nuggets. A deal being done is still not confirmed as of this writing, but Yahoo! Sports in their original report last night did indicate that the Magic were pursuing another deal separately.That trade would feature Vince Carter’s expiring contract alongside Marcin Gortat.

Kings pick up option on G Ben McLemore

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento have picked up the 2016-17 option on guard Ben McLemore‘s contract.

General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Saturday.

McLemore was Sacramento’s first-round pick in 2013. He averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.

Paul George reiterates “I don’t know if I’m cut out for a four spot”

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In the Pacers first exhibition game of the season Saturday against the Pelicans, Paul George started at the power forward spot and looked healthy — that should be the big takeaway. He also showed off his offensive game in the first quarter, eventually finishing the night with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting. He forced some shots in the second half and had some defensive challenges, but it was a solid outing for a first preseason game.

George did not see it that way, and that will end up being the big takeaway.

He complained about playing power forward during training camp and given the chance after this one game he did it again, as reported by Candace Buckner of the Indy Star.

“I don’t know if I’m cut out for a four spot,” George said after the Pacers’ 110-105 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, a game in which he started matched up against 6-foot-11 All-Star Anthony Davis.

“I don’t know if this is my position. We’ll sit and watch tape and I’m sure I’ll talk with coach (Frank Vogel). I’ll talk with Larry (Bird) as well to get both their inputs on how the first game went but…I’m still not comfortable with it regardless of the situation. It’s still something I have to adjust to or maybe not. Or maybe it’s something we can go away from.”

George sees himself as a wing, where he has played his entire career. He doesn’t like defending traditional fours, as a scorer he doesn’t like expending all that energy defending pick-and-rolls and banging with bigger bodies. He’s been clear about that.

He still needs to be open to the idea. How much time George gets at the four on any given night should depend on the matchup — and Anthony Davis is about as rough a matchup as he is going to see. Davis scored 18 points in 15 minutes, and the Pelicans controlled the paint against the small-ball Pacers. George had a hard time defending Davis — welcome to a rather large club, PG. That said, George scored 12 points in the first quarter mostly with Davis on him, he pulled the big out in space and got what he wanted.

Back to the matchups point, George will struggle defensively against the best fours in the game (most of whom are in the West). But what about the nights in the East when George would be matched up on Thaddeus Young from Brooklyn, Jared Sullinger (or David Lee, or whoever) from Boston, or Aaron Gordon with the Magic, or Carmelo Anthony with the Knicks when they play small? There are a lot of lineups the Pacers will see where George at the four makes sense.

The Pacers are transitioning from a plodding and defensive-minded squad to a more up-tempo style, and that’s going to take time— a lot more than one preseason game. However, if George is throwing cold water on the plan after this one effort, it might take a lot longer and be a lot bumpier to make that transition than we pictured.