Sunday, December 21, 2014

Magic trade a third of their roster

Tonight's 76ers vs. Orlando Magic game from Amway Center will look pretty much nothing like anticipated. On Saturday, the Magic pulled off two blockbuster deals that sidelined about a third of their roster for Saturday night's game.

Magic trade a third of their roster

Tonight's 76ers vs. Orlando Magic game from Amway Center will look pretty much nothing like anticipated. On Saturday, the Magic pulled off two blockbuster deals that sidelined about a third of their roster for Saturday night's game.

First the Magic traded swingman Vince Carter, big man Marcin Gortat, forward Mickael Pietrus, and a 2011 first-round pick to the Phoenix Suns for Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Earl Clark. Next, the Magic traded forward Rashard Lewis to the Washington Wizards for guard Gilbert Arenas. For Saturday night's game, the four aforementioned players were unavailable: Carter, Gortat, Pietrus, and Lewis. That means Orlando was without two of its five starters (Carter and Lewis) and four of its top nine players.

Obviously (although I've already seen this question on Twitter, so didn't want to omit the answer), the acquired players from Phoenix and Washington were clearly not available either since all of the players are in other cities and both deals are pending physicals.

Also embedded is a video from before the game. Since we've started the new feature "On the Road," we've tried to post a new one about every 10 days or so. It's going decently and before tonight's game, it was time for the next installment. Things don't always go according to plan since no matter where you set it up, there's always room for error. Since I usually only post the best of all of the tries (sometimes it takes a number of them), I figured in advance of tonight's game I'd put up a take that didn't work out quite so well. Check it out if you'd like, but don't worry it'll be superceded by actual game coverage in a few hours.

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--Kate


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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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