As trade talks between the Magic and Wizards have heated up in recent days, the Phoenix Suns have emerged as a third player. According to a source cited by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Magic are moving to trade away Vince Carter, Mikhael Pietrus, Marcin Gortat, a draft pick, and cash to the Suns, and are set to receive Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Earl Clark in return.
Orlando will send PHX Carter, Gortat, Pietrus, a 1st round pick and $3 million for Richardson, Hedo and Earl Clark, source tells Y! Sports.
Wojnarowski notes that this appears to be a precursor for a trade with the Wizards involving Gilbert Arenas...
The Magic will surround Dwight Howard with Arenas, Hedo and Jason Richardson as they try to make themselves title contenders again.
...but this trade is certainly a large one by its own right. So far this season, Richardson has ranked second on the Suns with 19.7 points per game. Carter, meanwhile, is still a big name who has scored 16.9 per game this season.
The Magic are off to a 16-9 start in 2010-11. Complementing their centerpiece, Dwight Howard, with Jason Richardson, would make for a formidable 1-2 punch on both sides of the ball. And if they can complete the puzzle and bring Gilbert Arenas to Orlando, well, it would make for the most dramatic roster change outside of Miami.