The Orlando Magic weren’t done. After earlier trading Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, and Mickael Pietrus, and a first round pick for Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Earl Clark, the Magic made another blockbuster move.
This time they traded Rashard Lewis, who was never quite the same after serving a ten game suspension for a substance abuse violation to start last season.  After averaging 18.9 points over an eight-year span from the 2000-2001 season until the 2008-2009 season, he is averaging 13.6 points in his last 97 games.
Lewis joins a crowded group of swing players in Washington with Al Thornton and Josh Howard, who just made his season debut. I don’t see the deal helping his fantasy value.
Meanwhile Gilbert Arenas will likely have a diminished role as he joins the likes of Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson, Jameer Nelson, and Hedo Turkoglu.

Usually I oppose David Stern and his tyrrant ways, but this time I’m on board. He has suspended Gilbert Arenas indefinitely for the gun incident (see ESPN for story).

With all the violence going on in our country, especially in Washington D.C., the Commissioner had no choice but to react quickly and decisively. Ironically, the Wizards used to be known as the Bullets.

What should fantasy owners do? Unfortunately you’re going to have to wait this one out. He still has a ton of talent and until you know the extent of the suspension you have to keep him on your bench. Nick Young becomes and attractive option if you have a spot available.


30 Point Club
Danny Granger
- 32 Points
Richard Jefferson - 32 Points
Carmelo Anthony - 31 Points
Richard Hamilton - 31 Points
Jamal Crawford - 30 Points

Chairman of the Boards (12+ Rebounds)
Jeff Foster
- 18 Boards
Yao Ming - 15 Boards
Emeka Okafor - 14 Boards
Anthony Randolph – 14 Boards
Dan Gadzuric - 12 Boards
Udonis Haslem - 12 Boards

March of Dimes (10+ Assists)
Anthony Carter
- 13 Dimes
Deron Williams - 13 Dimes
Gilbert Arenas - 10 Dimes

Thieves & Swatters (5+ Steals or Blocks)

Double-Double Trouble
Yao Ming
- 21 Points, 15 Rebounds
Deron Williams - 21 Points, 13 Assists
Mehmet Okur - 26 Points, 11 Rebounds
Dan Gadzuric - 18 Points, 12 Rebounds
Emeka Okafor - 13 Points, 14 Rebounds
Udonis Haslem - 16 Points, 12 Rebounds
Gilbert Arenas - 15 Points, 10 Assists
Shaq - 16 Points, 10 Rebounds
Anthony Randolph – 1o Points, 14 Rebounds
David Lee – 14 Points, 10 Rebounds
Matt Barnes - 14 Points, 10 Rebounds
Carlos Boozer - 14 Points, 10 Rebounds
Chris Andersen - 10 Points, 11 Rebounds
Caron Butler - 11 Points, 10 Rebounds

Messed Around and Got a Triple Double

NBA Free Agency

1 July 2008

Baron Davis pulled a surprising move yesterday opting out of his contract.  I’m not sure how you walk away from a $17.8 million payday.  He must be concerned that his body may not hold up next year so he’s looking for the multi-year deal sooner rather than later.  Talks stalled with Golden State so this could just be a ploy to let them know he means business.  Bottom line is Baron Davis isn’t getting any younger and his propensity to get injured would leave me a little concerned if I were a GM or a fan of a city he was visiting. 

Another player that concerns me is Gilbert Arenas.  He’s still young (26), but has had some injury issues lately.  Not to mention being a Point Guard that prefers to shoot.  He is a little odd, in a good way, which gains him some points with me, but I just don’t get the feeling that he’s the type of player to build a team around.  Not if you’re expecting to make a serious run at a title.

A player I’m not concerned about is Elton Brand.  Sure, he’s coming off an injury, but it was more a freak injury than a problematic one.  Despite being undersized Elton has been a Double-Double machine, averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds for his career.  He’s never been a problem on or off the court, and seems like a great teammate.  Most importantly, he wants to win.  It’s been said that he was inspired by the way the Celtics’ superstars put their egos in check for the betterment of the team.  Anyone who is on board with that gets praise in my book.

Some other important free agents (despite not being such big names or hefty salaires) are:
Boston’s Eddie House and James Posey -  These two were key members in the title run.
Chicago’s Chris Duhon – Easily could be the guy who signs the head scratching contract by a team that needs a PG.
Corey Maggette – It would be hard to imagine the Clippers either keeping both Maggette and Brand or losing both.  Of course, if they make a play for Baron Davis, Maggette is as good as gone.
Sebastian Telfair – Not really, but it’s funny this is the second straight year that Kevin McHale brought in a PG in a trade that hasn’t worked out.  Think he wishes he kept Chauncey Billups?

Guys who have reached deals:
Beno Udrich is staying in Sacramento.
Jose Calderon is staying in Toronto.

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