Orlando Magic trade Trevor Ariza

Orlando Magic trade Trevor Ariza

There are 95 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Nov 20, 2007, titled Orlando Magic trade Trevor Ariza. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

In a surprise move, the Magic traded forward Trevor Ariza to the Los Angeles Lakers for forward Brian Cook and guard Maurice Evans today.

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O-Town 3

Raleigh, NC

#82 Nov 20, 2007
Why not trade that stiff Pat Garrity? He must have something on DeVos or Otis Smith! He hasn't contributed since 2003, and never falls to the ax. The Magic get rid of an hustle player like Ariza, but Pat "Cement legs" Garrity is still around. BAD MOVE
Faraway Magic fan

Central District, Hong Kong

#83 Nov 20, 2007
Man, I just can't help it. The truth of the matter is we got raped with this trade. Not that I am against trading a player who hardly plays under SVG's system, but just that we didnt get anything close to equal value for him + the 2+ million exception. Sure, we needed a big, but hack we dont even need to give up Ariza and still be able to get one just with the exception (e.g. Webber). Man, Otis is a moron. He overpaid for Lewis, drafted picks that dont come, and now trade away a promising player for next to nothing. Great. Wonderful.
Faraway Magic fan

Central District, Hong Kong

#84 Nov 20, 2007
Longtimefan wrote:
I just read the L.A Times and they are happy to see Cook go but sad to see Evans go. I think the magic will do another trade....AAANNNNDDD it will be Cook and Reddick for a 1st round pick somewhere!
God, I hope you are right. But then again, this is Otis we are talking about, so dont hold your breath.
kevin

Port Orange, FL

#85 Nov 20, 2007
ok let me explain this for you, brian cook is at best one of the 10 worst defenders in the league and an even worse rebounder, plus at 6'9" he's shorter then shard and Turk. Evans is an energy role player who can't shoot, think dooling with 20-30 more lbs, servicable yes but where's dooling gonna play? The magic got absolutly horrible value for Trevor, honestly your better off letting him walk at the end of the season then taking cook's contract.
Showtime

Brea, CA

#86 Nov 21, 2007
kevin wrote:
ok let me explain this for you, brian cook is at best one of the 10 worst defenders in the league and an even worse rebounder, plus at 6'9" he's shorter then shard and Turk. Evans is an energy role player who can't shoot, think dooling with 20-30 more lbs, servicable yes but where's dooling gonna play? The magic got absolutly horrible value for Trevor, honestly your better off letting him walk at the end of the season then taking cook's contract.
Yeah well I cant disagree with you im happy cook is gone cause he just didnt fit in here, look phil tried to make him do things hes not good at, basically cook is just a shooter, and a good one if he gets a shot, so if svg is gonna have this guy camp out at the three waiting for a shot this guy will do alot of good for you, he can get some rebounds if motivated. Mo is a guy I like alot, he will give you energy off the bench and he is one of those players that can help a good team get better...I havent seen much of a ariza but sounds like we got a nice player.
majic suck

Tampa, FL

#87 Nov 21, 2007
MAJIC SUCKS
majic suck

Tampa, FL

#88 Nov 21, 2007
Ariza has no majik.

Since: Mar 07

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#89 Nov 21, 2007
As sad as I am to see Ariza go, this may work out well for both teams. Both sides may need to exercise patience after this - Ariza has the tools to be an outstanding player, but it is unlikely to happen overnight. I think it is brave, in one sense, for Smith to have moved him, given the ability he has suggested. If Ariza is given playing time in L.A, he will contribute. The kid can attack the basket, defend, and is a terrific rebounder. The more playing time he gets, the better he will become. He will be a solid back up to Odom and Bryant. He should suit the triangle. Also, from a long term perspective - Ariza wasn't getting any burn under SVG, for whatever reason. Regardless of his potential, he had the option to opt-out after this year and become unrestricted, and the Magic could have lost him for nothing next summer if he was unhappy with his role. As much as I think he can be a special player, it isn't going to happen if he is not playing, and he was not playing in Orlando. If he catches on in L.A, all the best to him.

As for the Magic's acquisitions, I don't think either Cook or Evans has anywhere near the potential of Ariza, but both should do well in Stan Van Gundy's system. Seems like they were in a similar position to Ariza in terms of getting sporadic playing time, and struggling to find consistency this season. But they bring a bit more experience to a Magic roster which had little, and both have been on teams that have gone deep into the playoffs, and even if their contributions on those teams were small, they were still there. Neither are not going to be individual world beaters, but they do bring a bit of depth to a Magic side which seems to have been lacking it so far this year, and a bit more size in Cook.

Cook is another shooter who can spread the floor, and he brings so-so rebounding and defense. But I am not going to worry too much about his D - he is still an upgrade on Pat Garrity. He's struggled this year, but look back to 2006, when he was shooting the lights out. He should benefit from playing with a low post threat like Dwight Howard, which should free him up for some good looks. In L.A, the first objective of the opposition was to defend the perimeter, which obviously doesn't help a guy like him.

Evans is a very good defender, and probably better than Ariza at this stage. He is a pretty similar type of player to Keith Bogans, to be honest. About the same size (stronger, though), defends well, and can provide a little bit of offense when called upon. From what I have seen of him, he is capable of playing the 2 or the 3, which is a bonus.

Gives Orlando a pretty solid (on paper) rotation, now. Assuming they keep the same starting five, you've got:

Howard/Foyle
Lewis/Cook
Turkoglu/Evans
Bogans/Dooling
Nelson/Arroyo

Probably the biggest shame about all this is Bo leaving. That guy has been one of my favourite players since he first arrived in the NBA. It's a shame to see him go - hopefully he'll be back in Orlando one day in another capacity (maybe coach some of those young guys some defense?).

Since: Mar 07

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#90 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, takes you to last weeks update, and it's still only week 3 of the season, but a good headline, nontheless.
vish

Orlando, FL

#92 Nov 21, 2007
lee wrote:
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,why would they do THAAAAAAAAT! i hate the magic, they let go of everyone i like. i can only think of one word that can encompass how i feel and it rhymes with DUCK!
maybe ur the only 1 that knows something about b-ball,cuz the magic would'nt know talent if it dunk on them all night!!!!!!!!!
vish

Orlando, FL

#93 Nov 21, 2007
Faraway Magic fan wrote:
Man, I just can't help it. The truth of the matter is we got raped with this trade. Not that I am against trading a player who hardly plays under SVG's system, but just that we didnt get anything close to equal value for him + the 2+ million exception. Sure, we needed a big, but hack we dont even need to give up Ariza and still be able to get one just with the exception (e.g. Webber). Man, Otis is a moron. He overpaid for Lewis, drafted picks that dont come, and now trade away a promising player for next to nothing. Great. Wonderful.
another fan i can appreciate,thank u very much. i'm so tired of the magic and there mickey mouse way of thinking.
Mike in the Mountain West

Santa Fe, NM

#94 Nov 21, 2007
As a Lakers fan I'm pretty happy about this trade. I'm sorry to see Evans go but I'm glad we are rid of Cookie. He can definitely hit the three but that's about it. His defense is pretty piss poor, he has no game under the basket, and can't rebound worth a damn. The thing I dislike about Cookie the most however is his attitude. He doesn't want to seem work hard at all. He's added absolutely nothing to his game since he was drafted and he's gotten in several arguments with Phil during games. I do think he could do better in Orlando and honestly I hope he does because he has talent but he was never going to reach it here.
lakers355s

San Clemente, CA

#95 Nov 21, 2007
Philip Boggs wrote:
The vibrations coming out of LA are discouraging. Fans there seem to think Cook was a lazy, overpaid underachiever. They think well of Evans though. If Cook is carrying a $10 mil price tag, it's bye bye time after this season. I still think the Magic will give Gortat a look sometime this season. Maybe that's what Otis wants Cook for; to fill in until someone better shows themselves, maybe Gortat or Augustus.
you are correct.

cook has only a one-dimensional game (shooting 3's). however, his game is inconsistent... he got plenty of open chances for 3's utilizing the triangle offense and didn't produce. his defense is awful. he's slow as hell and just watches as opponents go right by him (similar to smush parker). mo evans is a hustler and may develop into a solid bench player.
steve

San Jose, CA

#96 Nov 21, 2007
i would have better got the ballhog webber than this but lets see if they could give us some bench scoring
Whozyadadi

Los Angeles, CA

#97 Nov 21, 2007
Instead of a rabbit, the Magic is pulling a slow footed and disinterested 6'9" outside shooter out of their preverbial hat, in the name of Brian Cook. Like Ariza, he too had "promise," but failed to live up to PJ's expectations defensively, and had a very lackluster approach to his offense. With that height, one would expect a minimum of 5 rebounds per game in limited minutes...no such luck! We will certainly miss Mo Evans and his enthusiasm for the game and athletic ability, but as the saying goes - "defense wins championships!" All in all, the Lakers come out ahead on this deal.

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