The old adage in the NBA is that any player can be traded, no matter their contract, injury-history or emotional instability. Gilbert Arenas is the ultimate test of that theory, due to his massive contract, his injury concerns and his recent 50-game suspension for bringing guns into the Wizards locker room.
But apparently, there is a suitor. Evan Dunlap of SB Nation's Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post is reporting that the Orlando Magic are "in an ongoing trade dialogue" with the Wizards to potentially send Arenas to Orlando.
The Orlando Magic have engaged the Washington Wizards in an ongoing trade dialog centered around Wizards shooting guard Gilbert Arenas, Orlando Pinstriped Post has learned. What Orlando would send Washington in return for the three-time All-Star is less clear, but the proposed deal likely includes shooting guard Vince Carter, according to a source. Wizards big man Andray Blatche, Magic forward Rashard Lewis, and Magic center Daniel Orton could also be involved.
Dunlap reports that it's "unclear" what factors are holding up the trade, and that it's "likely" that Arenas is the primary target of Magic general manager Otis Smith. The two have a history together from their days in Golden State, and Arenas admitted he confided in Smith after getting suspended last season.
Arenas has three more years left after this season on a six-year, $111 million contract he signed in 2008. Lewis has two more years left after this season on a six-year, $125 million contract he signed in 2007. Carter has a partially-guaranteed contract for $4 million in 2011/12, while Blatche just signed a five-year, $35 million extension this summer.