Ariza: Trade is 'for the best'

Trevor Ariza wanted to be part of the exciting Dwight Howard era in Orlando, but it wasn't to be. Full Story

“Longtime Magic Fan”

Since: Jun 07

Orlando

#1 Nov 20, 2007
We're going to miss Ariza. He's going to have a long productive career. The Lakers stole him.
jguy780

United States

#2 Nov 20, 2007
"Competitors" put the team first. Apparently, he wasn't.

Sure, he'll do fine on the Lakers. No reason why Cook and Evans won't play their roles well here. To everyone, best of luck.
Rand

Winter Haven, FL

#3 Nov 20, 2007
Just another bad move for this franchise! Yes they are winning now, but in the long run this will hurt. We traded a great young kid for 2 average bench players.
Kong

Saint Petersburg, FL

#4 Nov 20, 2007
Trevor, if you're reading this, both you and Bo are quality people. We'll miss you both very much! Good luck in La La!
Knight Owl

Lake Mary, FL

#5 Nov 20, 2007
The Magic can afford to make a move because they're getting the production they need elsewhere. It doesn't mean that any of the four players can't also be productive later, so even if Battie doesn't come back, Gortat might, and he might even get better. Ariza's perceived value was enlarged because of the horrible second half last year, not because he is critical to the team's progress. Best of luck to all.
Disappointed

Omaha, NE

#6 Nov 20, 2007
This Ariza trade will be like the Maggette trade a few years ago. The Magic will regret this trade, no question about it.
Mike Philpot

AOL

#7 Nov 20, 2007
Man ... I really am dissapointed to see Ariza go. Such a slasher and so fun to watch. I thought for sure that he was in the plans. Oh well ... best of luck Trevor and hopefully these new guys work out. We definitely needed another big.
billsrcursed

Lake Mary, FL

#8 Nov 20, 2007
Ariza was a liability. Sure, fun to watch, but that doesn't win Championships, and last I checked, that was the goal. Comparing him to Magette is just stupid. This kid's got no shot, period.
buisness

Jacksonville, FL

#9 Nov 20, 2007
Disappointed wrote:
This Ariza trade will be like the Maggette trade a few years ago. The Magic will regret this trade, no question about it.
its a buisness. the magic probably would have lost him in free agency.maggette is a under acheiver always hurt not really a factor with clippers.

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#10 Nov 21, 2007
Rand wrote:
Just another bad move for this franchise! Yes they are winning now, but in the long run this will hurt. We traded a great young kid for 2 average bench players.
You can only have so many defensive specialists, who bring little offense. The Magic already have two perimeter guys who fit that mould in Dooling and Bogans. Getting two solid bench guys for an unproven youngster is sound business. Sure, in the long run, Ariza might be better than both of them. But consider this - that would not have happened had he stayed in Orlando, at least with the way things are going. Players with potential need playing time to develop it - Ariza was not getting that in Orlando. Elsewhere, yes, he may become a good player, but if, three years from now, he is an All-Star, I for one will not be moaning about it. Because he would not have become an All-Star in Orlando if we kept him.

Cook and Evans are two guys with playoff experience, who play their roles on the team. Given that Orlando has two All-Star calibre players in Howard and Lewis, that is what you need to surround them with. Keeping Ariza just to warm the bench and play spot minutes clearly wasn't what SVG or Smith had in mind for the team. It may bite them on the ass if Cook and Evans don't fit in and end up being bench warmers, but it's not a major risk they've taken - they've traded 1 guy who wasn't playing for two guys who may or may not play. And odds are they would have lost Ariza for nothing had they not traded him now, because he could opt out of his deal at the end of the season, and a guy who isn't playing is hardly going to sign an extension. As much as I liked Ariza, it's not a deal we should lose any sleep over.

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#11 Nov 21, 2007
Hey - off topic, I know, but check out the NBA.com homepage. Dwight Howard has apparently moved to first in the 'race for MVP' rankings. The link to the story is broken, and takes you to last weeks update, but a good headline, nontheless.
Disappointed

Omaha, NE

#12 Nov 21, 2007
billsrcursed wrote:
Ariza was a liability. Sure, fun to watch, but that doesn't win Championships, and last I checked, that was the goal. Comparing him to Magette is just stupid. This kid's got no shot, period.
Do you watch Magic games or just call people stupid without realizing that Maggette played just like Ariza when the Magic traded him? Maggette was a high flyer without much of a shooting stroke until given the chance to play consitent minutes. Hence the comparison you moron!!!

I bet you are one of those people praying Maggette returns to the Magic this summer not realizing how became the player he is now. But I guess someone who throws out names like stupid probably is and wouldn't look up his info before throwing a poster under the bus even when that poster is right.
tomas

Jacksonville, FL

#13 Nov 21, 2007
Bad move in my opinion. I suspect Ariza would have had plenty of playing time during the length of the season. People get hurt, sick, have family problems, go into slumps. He would have played and would have been sensational. Now he is going to be sensational for the Lakers and sensational against the Magic.
Tmacin

United States

#14 Nov 21, 2007
Man...I should have stayed. With tallest and slowest guy...i'm not getting anywhere
OTIS

United States

#15 Nov 21, 2007
Trust me ya'll. No pain no gain.....Risk is imminent.
Ariza will be Great....ONE DAY....Today?...He is not used enough. Its not fair for anybody. We need "Bodies"...but he is not the "body" we can use right now.
Taino

Geneva, FL

#16 Nov 23, 2007
Disappointed wrote:
This Ariza trade will be like the Maggette trade a few years ago. The Magic will regret this trade, no question about it.
I don't regret trade with Maggette. He's always hurt and when he plays he's doesn't make his team better. I'm sure that's why he comes from the bench for the L.A. Clippers. No basketball I.Q. he can stay in L.A. Ariza best luck it was fun watching you dunk and defend, but we need to win.
Scrapper

Canada

#17 Nov 25, 2007
Wait until you have a chance to see what Cook and Evans can do -- Cook has a sweet stroke and was probably the best shooter on the LA team before they got Radmanovic. Jackson didn't like Cook for some reason and kept him on the bench.

Evans is streaky, but very athletic and capable of putting up 12-18 pts a game if given the minutes. He's also Bynum's best friend -- so if the big kid ever turns Shaq-like, it wouldn't hurt to have Evans on your team as a lure. Plus, Mo was probably the most popular player on the team -- everybody liked the guy, so he brings some good locker room energy to the Magic.

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