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Wednesday , Jun , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

DeShawn Stevenson: ‘Hey LeBron! How’s my Dirk taste?’

The Mavericks closed out the series on Sunday night with a 105-95 win in Game 6 before taking to South Beach club LIV to celebrate with the Larry O'Brien trophy.  On Monday, the Mavericks flew home to Dallas, where Stevenson was spotted wearing a Mavericks blue and white t-shirt with lettering that read: "Hey LeBron! How's my Dirk taste?"

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: To the victors go the spoils. It also means they get the last laugh.

Take DeShawn Stevenson, the controversial and outspoken guard for the world champion Dallas Mavericks. Stevenson, whose beef with LeBron James goes back to their days with the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers, was unusually quiet during the NBA Finals.

Perhaps he didn’t want to make James mad. Perhaps he didn’t want to create a distraction. Perhaps he wanted to focus on winning.

Well, the Finals is over. The Mavericks won. And Stevenson is making up for lost time.

First, he called the Heat ‘classless’. Then he sported a t-shirt saying ‘Hey LeBron! How's my Dirk taste?’. The best part of his ‘t-shirt’: it had an HDTV logo on it, the company Mavericks owner Mark Cuban founded.

For now, Stevenson has bragging rights. And he's enjoying it.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Apr , 14 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Von Wafer’s comedy of errors against Wizards

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s one thing to miss a dunk. It’s another thing to miss a dunk and celebrate prematurely. It’s even worse to miss a dunk, celebrate prematurely, and inadvertently cause your teammate to travel.

The Boston Celtics’ Von Wafer did all three on one play against the Washington Wizards. Click the video below and get at HoopsVibe News with thoughts.

--Oly Sandor.

 

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Tuesday , Apr , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: McGee and McGuire pull a Gatling and Kemp

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: JaVale McGee finally got a taste of his own medicine. For months, he's been leading the league in highlight reel blocks.

Yesterday, the tables were turned. The Charlotte Bobcats’ Dominic McGuire swatted the you-know-what out of McGee’s dunk attempt.

Like Chris Gatling with Shawn Kemp so many years ago (click here and see dunk #5) , the Washington Wizards’ post held no grudge and showed McGuire love. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Mar , 31 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: John Wall and Zydrunas Ilgauskas ejected for silly scuffle

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Boys will be boys, I guess.

Tonight’s Miami Heat-Washington Wizards game was full of piss-and-vinegar due to a second quarter skirmish between first overall pick John Wall and veteran Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Wall, who was clearly in the wrong, got ejected. Big ‘Z’ was also sent to the showers for his role in things.

This, however, wasn’t the interesting part.

JaVale McGee and Juwan Howard both rushed to defend teammates Wall and Ilgauskas. They engaged in a shoving match before being separated. Amazingly, the referees ejected Howard, but McGee escaped with only a technical foul.

How does this work? Did McGee’s mother give the zebras pecks on the cheek before the game like the recent Slam Dunk Contest?

Anyway, the rest of the game was competitive, full of testosterone, and highly entertaining. If you’re wondering, the Heat won 123-107 –much to the chagrin of a sold out Verizon Centre.

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--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Mar , 24 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: JaVale McGee gets revenge on Blake Griffin with deadly block

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Revenge is best served cold. Or with a deadly swat.

About a month ago, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin topped the Washington Wizards’ JaVale McGee to win the Slam Dunk Contest.

Griffin won the competition with his memorable car leap, neutralizing McGee’s effort, which included having his mother give cheek pecks (and a little something more to Dr. J) to the judges.     

Last night McGee got revenge. Well, sort of. He swatted the you-know-what out of a Griffin shot attempt.

Of course, Griffin’s Clippers beat McGee’s Wizards in triple overtime. And the sure-fire Rookie of the Year candidate also dropped a triple-double in the victory.

McGee had his moment, though. Watch the clip and get at us with thoughts on his incredible block in the comment box below.


--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Mar , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

JaVale McGee belives his triple-double is ‘totally different’ than Ricky Davis’

“I got a triple-double,” McGee said. “Who can say they got a triple-double? I’m not really worried about it.”

McGee said, if anything, he was upset that some tried to discredit his accomplishment by comparing it to other failed triple-double quests — such as the one eight years ago by Ricky Davis, who was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers when he attempted to rebound his own miss on his basket in order to get a triple-double in a win against Utah. Davis finished with 26 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It wasn’t as bad as Andray Blatche or Ricky Davis. It was close, however.

This week, JaVale McGee got a triple-double. Sadly, the young post showed too much emotion when he achieved his statistical feat, especially since his Washington Wizards were getting blown out by the Chicago Bulls.

Clearly, there’s a problem with the working environment of the Wizards. Their young building blocks like Blatche and McGee seem overly concerned with ‘getting there’s’.

They seem to be suffering from what Pat Riley calls me-disease, spending too much time on individual goals like minutes, points, blocks and rebounds.

While winning, the only number that should matter in basketball, is an afterthought.

Worst of all, McGee is defiant. He doesn’t see the error of his ways. And he won’t admit to getting carried away or lost in the moment.

With players like Blatche and McGee, the Wizards will be hard pressed to turn things around.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Feb , 27 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Miami Heat want Mike Bibby and Troy Murphy?

The Heat would like to sign Mike Bibby if the Wizards give him a buyout; Washington called it unlikely but hasn’t ruled it out. The Heat will explore Troy Murphy if he gets a buyout from Golden State (one report has Boston as the front-runner) and perhaps Indiana’s T.J. Ford, but he’s a poor three-point shooter.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Superstar laden teams need shooters to win.

For instance, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen’s Chicago Bulls squads had deep threats like B.J. Armstrong, Jud Buchelor, Craig Hodges, Steve Kerr, and John Paxson.

Kobe Bryant, winner of five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, has played with marksmen like Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Devean George, Ron Harper, Glen Rice, Brian Shaw, and Sasha Vujacic.

Shooters spread the floor and keep defences honest. If a defender helps or helped on Bryant, Jordan, or Pippen, these Hall of Famers find the shooter who usually nails the open look.

It’s basic basketball. It’s also winning basketball.

So expect the Miami Heat to take a run at Mike Bibby and/or Troy Murphy –if they get a buyout from the Washington Wizards and/or Golden State Warriors.

After all, the Heat has their superstars: Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.

Bibby could run the club’s offensive sets. His greatest asset would be playing off-the-ball, spotting-up, and knocking shots when defences helped on Bosh, James, and Wade.

Remember, Bibby was a clutch performer for the Sacramento Kings, giving those championship Laker squads all they could handle in some classic playoff battles.

Murphy is a nice inside-outside four-man. He can help on the glass, while also stretching defenses with his incredible three-point range.

However, the Heat may want to sign Murphy just to thwart their prime competition in the Eastern Conference –the Boston Celtics.

Expect the Heat to be extremely active if Bibby and/or Murphy become available. Their South Beach superstars can always use additional shooters.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Feb , 24 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Will Mike Bibby pout with Washington Wizards?

The Atlanta Hawks tonight acquired guard Kirk Hinrich and center/forward Hilton Armstrong from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans, Jordan Crawford and Atlanta's 2011 first round draft pick.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will Mike Bibby once again pout?

Years ago Bibby stuck out his bottom lip, sulked, and looked on the verge of tears after getting drafted second overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Now Bibby had the right to feel frustrated, as the Grizzlies were the worst team and organization in the NBA and possibly pro sports.

However, his histrionics occurred in front of the hometown faithful. Yes, the draft was in Vancouver and Bibby still behaved like a Hollywood socialite when attacking the paparazzi. 

As the kids say, this was not a good look. How will Bibby handle the trade to the Washington Wizards?

The Atlanta Hawks are regulars in the NBA’s second season, while the Wizards are stuck in the Eastern Conference cellar with little chance of leaving anytime soon.

Even worse, Bibby won’t even start at point guard. That distinction belongs to 2010 first overall pick and Rookie of the Year candidate John Wall.

So Bibby in DC should be awfully interesting.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Feb , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors acquire Troy Murphy, Buyout coming?

The Warriors and Nets are close to finalizing a multi-player trade, according to sources. Golden State will send Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright to New Jersey for Troy Murphy and a 2012 second round pick.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Wait a second. Wasn’t Troy Murphy supposed to go to the Denver Nuggets as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade?

That’s right. Anthony declined the New Jersey Nets’ overtures and is now a New York Knick.

Anyway, the Nets wasted little time sending Murphy back to his first NBA team, the Golden State Warriors, for Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright.

Murphy isn’t returning home for a reunion or coming full circle, though.

In a day or so, the Warriors will buyout whatever is left on his expiring contract and allow him to hit the free agent market.

Murphy will then have his choice of contenders, and the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic are all expected to show interest.

On paper, the Magic makes the most sense. Murphy can help center Dwight Howard on the glass, while stretching defenses with his three-point range –like Rashard Lewis before he got moved to the Washington Wizards.

One issue will be Murphy’s conditioning. He has only played in 18 games due to injury and a bizarre banishing by Coach Avery Johnson.

After months of frustration, the left-handed veteran will hit the court. For the first time in his nine year career, he could see playoff action, too.

However, what exactly Murphy can contribute is unknown.

--Oly Sandor.


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Friday , Feb , 18 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: JJ Redick gets his ankles broken by … Kirk Hinrich?


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call
: What’s worse? To get your ankles broken by an aging veteran or to have your teammates taunt you for it?

Welcome to J.J. Redick’s world. The former Duke star was mocked by his Orlando Magic brethren for getting crossed over by the Washington Wizards’ Kirk Hinrich.

While Hinrich isn’t exactly And1 material, Redick could still do without Jameer Nelson recreating the play –even if the Magic were up by 25 in the third quarter. 


--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Feb , 12 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Javale McGee has ‘Blockititis’ disease

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There’s a new virus infecting the top shot blockers in the NBA. Just ask the Washington Wizards’ Javale McGee …

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Feb , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Al Thornton defines poster-job with tomahawk facial on ZaZa Pachulia

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It was nasty, even by youtube, poster-job standards.

Yesterday, Washington Wizards three-man Al Thornton, you may remember him from his days with the L.A. Clippers, threw down a vicious tomahawk jam over the Atlanta Hawks Zaza Pachulia.

Thornton’s jam drew an incredible reaction from the Verizon Centre fans and the Wizards bench. So watch the clip, form your own reaction, and get at us with thoughts in the comment box below.

(Even the stoic Yi is laughing!)

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jan , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Grizzlies at fault for Allen-Mayo gambling scrap

Grizzles teammates O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen had to be separated during a physical encounter that stemmed from a card game on the team's charter flight Monday, according to team sources. Mayo owed Allen money from a card game called "Boo-Ray" and he became increasingly belligerent when asked to settle his debt.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Who exactly is to blame for Tony Allen and OJ Mayo scrapping over an unsettled debt on a team plane?

Well, Allen and Mayo have to shoulder a portion of the blame for acting in an unprofessional manner. However, so do the Memphis Grizzlies.

After all, most franchises have banned gambling. This was common sense after Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other in the Washington Wizards’ locker room in attempt to settle a gambling debt.

Not the Grizzlies. They missed this tsunami sized warning sign. Of course, this wasn’t the first sign.

Years ago, Charles Oakley punched Tyrone Hill because he refused to ‘pay what he owed’ in a card game. ‘Oak’ and Hill were on different teams. They ‘happened’ to meet when their respected teams, the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers, crossed path on the practice floor.

In short, players will act unprofessionally –if their team allows it. The Grizzlies allowed it. And now they have a mess on their hands.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jan , 02 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Cavaliers interested in Wizards’ Andray Blatche?

The Cavaliers have inquired with the Wizards about Andray Blatche, according to Bob Finnan of the News-Herald.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Desperate times, desperate measures.

Since losing you-know-who last summer, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been searching for a player to give them an identity. They want someone to be the face of the franchise, and help owner Dan Gilbert and Cavalier-nation turn the page.

Money is no object, either. Gilbert will spend his considerable resources. And the Cavaliers have cap space to burn.

This is where things get tricky and dangerous. The Cavaliers could easily trade for a decent talent like Blatche, give him superstar billing, and hand him an exorbitant contract.

Instead of rebuilding through the draft, the Cavaliers would then be married to a talented but troubled four-man. After all, Blatche has had his share of off-court issues.

For instance, he once solicited a prostitute, who turned out to be a police officer. He has feuded with coach Flip Saunders and displayed unprecedented selfishness in his quest for a triple-double.

Recently, he fought teammate Javale McGee outside a Washington nightclub. Both were suspended for one game.  

Perhaps, the Cavaliers should step back and be more selective than Blatche.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Dec , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Should the Wizards cut ties with Andray Blatche?

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that forward Andray Blatche and center JaVale McGee have both been suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team. “After further investigation into an incident on Thursday night, we concluded that Andray and JaVale conducted themselves in an unprofessional manner,” said Grunfeld. “As a result, both players will be suspended for tomorrow’s game at San Antonio.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Just when you thought the Washington Wizards’ Andray Blatche was becoming a professional, this happens.

Blatche and teammate Javale McGee have each been suspended one game for an altercation outside a Washington nightclub during the late evening/early morning of December 23/24th.

Blatche, a talented but troubled power forward, has showed up coach Flip Saunders by refusing to re-enter a game and even got mad at a teammate for grabbing a rebound, which compromised his chances at a triple-double.

Of course, as a young pro he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute. The prostitute was an undercover police officer.

Yes, Blatche is a gem. Now he’s involving McGee, an equally talented post.

The Wizards must decide if such a character is worth having. Sure, he can score. And sure, he can post numbers. But this often comes at the expense of others –like teammates.

And, it seems, he’ll never grow up.

Perhaps, the Wizards should find a way to make his suspension more permanent.

-Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Dec , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Video: Javale McGee blocks Derrick Rose, offers autograph

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The block was nice. The autograph was better.

What am I talking about? Well, click the link, and watch Washington Wizards post Javale McGee reject Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose and then sign the ball.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Dec , 20 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Magic to trade Redick or Richardson for a center?

"We'll still find ways to get better in some spots," Magic President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith said. "Losing the backup center is big. So, you need a little size for about probably five teams. That's really what it comes down to, so we'll probably address that over the next month or so."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The wheeling-and-dealing will continue.

On Saturday, the Orlando Magic overhauled their roster in separate trades with the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards.

The Magic dealt Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, and Mickael Pietrus to the Suns for Earl Clark, Jason Richardson, and Hedo Turkoglu. Then they sent Rashard Lewis to the Wizards for Gilbert Arenas.

The Magic improved on the wing, but – after dealing Gortat – need a five-man to relieve superstar Dwight Howard.

Howard, despite winning The Defensive Player of the Year award, is prone to foul trouble. Things were so bad last year teammates nicknamed him ‘Foul On You’.

The Magic need a reserve center to bail Howard out when he's overzealous in the paint. A back-up for Howard will also help them compete with bigger contenders like the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Lakers.

Fortunately, the Magic have spare assets. Acquiring Arenas, Richardson, and Turkoglu has made wings J.J. Redick and ‘Q’ Richardson expendable.

A market exists for Redick, even though he’s having an off year and is on the books for an additional two seasons at a combined $12 million.

Richardson can defend and hit the three. Best of all, the veteran is signed through 2014 at a reasonable $2.5 million per annum.

Last weekend was just the beginning for the Magic. More moves are coming. If they’re serious about a championship, they’ll trade a wing for a post.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Dec , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Magic trade Carter to Suns for Turkoglu and J-Rich

The Orlando Magic, already in serious trade talks with the Washington Wizards about acquiring Gilbert Arenas, have agreed to a deal in principle with the Phoenix Suns, according to league sources.

The trade returns former Magic star Hedo Turkoglu, along with Jason Richardson and Earl Clark, to Orlando in exchange for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, a 2011 first-round pick and cash considerations.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Like Wu-Tang Clan said, ‘cash rules everything around me’.

No doubt about it, cash is a major part of the reported swap between the Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic. The Suns don’t have any cash. While the Magic do.

Phoenix owner Robert Sarver lacks resources. His banking and real estate holdings were hard hit by the economic recession. He wants to keep his beloved Suns, but only if he can run the club on the cheap.

Vince Carter has only one year guaranteed on his $17 million per annum contract, which will provide the thrifty Suns with financial flexibility. Mickael Pietrus is a useful swing; Marcin Gortat offers muscle down-low.

Best of all, the Suns are out from under the remaining four years and $40 million of Hedo Turkuglo’s pact.

The Magic, on the other hand, have resources. After dropping five of six games, the club is prepared to shake up its roster. Money doesn’t matter.

The Magic will welcome back Turkoglu and assume his big ticket, especially if they do the expected and send forward Rashard Lewis to the Washington Wizards for Gilbert Arenas.

Jason Richardson’s skill and expiring $14 million contract will also be a fit in Disney World. 

Look for these sorts of trades to continue in the polarized NBA. The haves like Orlando will spend. The have-nots like Phoenix will cut salary.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Dec , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Dwight Howard behind Magic`s pursuit of Gil Arenas?

After the Wizards lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Arenas privately told people that a deal could possibly be in the works with either Orlando or Charlotte. Word started to spread throughout Verizon Center that evening, but the talk initially was shut down by multiple league sources. The Magic realizes they have to make a move. They have to do something,`` said the source.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The NBA is a superstar’s league and the rest of us are living in it.

For instance, Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic’s MVP candidate, wants changes to the roster. The big post knows his team isn’t in the same class as the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat, so he’s pressing executive Otis Smith to make a trade.

Being a superstar’s league, Smith must appease. Currently, he’s scouring the trade market for something, anything to keep Howard happy.

And Gilbert Arenas’ name keeps popping up.

Yes, the guy with a rep’ for being more high maintenance than one of those housewives of Orange County. Yes, the brittle combo guard with one of the worst contracts in pro sports. Yes, the Washington Wizards want to part with their former superstar who has a history of injuries, hooliganism, and shenanigans.

Sure, Arenas can score. And sure, he has a relationship with Smith. But The Superstar Formerly Known As The Hibachi has never toned down his shot-first mentality for others.

In fact, Arenas has to be The Guy. He knows nothing else. It’s option one status or broke. Such a mentality and approach isn’t what Howard and the Magic need.

Smith needs to look for the best deal possible. With Arenas, he’d be making a deal for the sake of making a deal.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Dec , 18 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Gilbert Arenas Traded to the Magic

Rumors that Gilbert Arenas would be making his merry way down to Central Florida have lingered for months , but that mahoosive contract of his had evidently been a deterrent for the Magic. The word on the wires now, however, is that Otis Smith, whose close relationship with Hibachi is said to be a factor, has finally agreed to, ahem, pull the trigger on a deal that would bring Gilbert Arenas to the Orlando Magic.

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