According to ESPN, (also being reported by Yahoo!) the Orlando Magic are in serious talks with the New Jersey Nets to trade Rafer Alston and Tony Battie (expiring contracts) and Courtney Lee for Vince Carter. The big storyline here seems since the Nets move to Brooklyn is back on track, Jay-Z is again trying to clear room to bring in LeBron (remember everyone talking about their friendship last fall?). And if the deal goes through, HOVA will have plenty of cap room and the young players to woo Mr. James. For the Magic, well, they’d be sacrificing a little bit of their future to try and replicate what they did this season.
Don’t think there’s any way the Magic do this if they think they are keeping Hedo Turkoglu for sure, so for all Blazer fans on the “Hedo to PDX” bandwagon, this is very, very good news. Deal isn’t done yet, though, so hold your horses.
The question I was asking on Twitter that seems good for pre-draft discussion is: Would a reasonable Hedo signing (so no crazy megadeals) be worth a quiet draft night for you?
UPDATE: It’s being reported that the deal is done and Ryan Anderson is also on his way to Orlando.