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Posted at 4:51 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Ted Leonsis on Arenas trade rumor: "It isn't true"

By Michael Lee

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis shot down an Internet rumor on Wednesday that the team has engaged in discussions with the Orlando Magic about a possible trade involving Gilbert Arenas. Leonsis also hoped to quell the perception that the team is looking to move the three-time all-star.

Leonsis has been adamant that the Wizards have no plans to move Arenas, saying last month that "Gilbert is not going anywhere." In his e-mail, Leonsis said that he "really likes and respects" Arenas and "there are no trade discussions going on."

"The team is trying to rebuild and Gilbert is one of the leaders on the team," Leonsis wrote. "Gilbert is the best player on the team right now."

The Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post reported that the Wizards and Magic have kept an ongoing dialogue about Arenas. Leonsis wrote in an e-mail, "It isn't true. I wouldn't tell you if it was true but I am telling you that it is not true."

A league source said on Wednesday that the Magic is open to making roster upgrades, with targets including Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Arenas, given his connection with Magic General Manager Otis Smith. The Wizards contacted the Magic last summer about trading Arenas for Vince Carter's expiring contract, but the conversation didn't get very far. The source, though, said the talks were never totally dead.

But the source said the possibility that Orlando would want to deal for Arenas is "probably pretty slim. Right now, Orlando feels like Gilbert's contract is a little too huge for them. It hasn't been completely ruled out. But it's a little too rich."

Arenas, who has dealt with knee injuries and a season-ending suspension the past few years, is set to earn more than $62 million in the three seasons after this one. The source added that Orlando is probably the most likely destination for Arenas if he is dealt. The Clippers have interest, the source said, but the Wizards don't want to take back Baron Davis in return.

Arenas said last week that he understands that speculation about him possibly landing with the Magic will continue to linger since Smith has been a longtime mentor and advisor, dating back to when both were with the Golden State Warriors.

Leonsis added, "The team is focused on getting healthy and playing better basketball."

By Michael Lee  | December 1, 2010; 4:51 PM ET
 
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he could be heard whispering under his breath
"...because it's stupid"

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 1, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

As long as Gilby doesn't return to his idiot ways, I don't have an issue with him on the team, although, I don't think the offense flows as well with him running the point. I also seriously doubt if they can get equal or better value for him.

Sincerely, Les BouleS Prophet

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 1, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, no, you can't get equal value for Gil in a trade. The idea is to unload the contract, if at all possible. With the freed up money, you find ways to improve--but the equal value can't be traced back to a simple trade.

To me, Gil plays fine, but not up to his contract as a franchise player. His durability, his shooting percent, and his defense are just not equal to the contract value. On top of that you have to consider Gil's age over the next few years.

A team trying to win now might find Gil attractive, and you have to think Gil would love to go to such a team. His value to a building team is less than it is for a team who could gain from acquiring Gil now. A trade will be very hard to pull off, which is why Ted is emphasizing the realistic point--that he is a Wiz and will stay that way.

Posted by: EdDC | December 1, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"It isn't true. I wouldn't tell you if it was true but I am telling you that it is not true."

That made my head hurt. I wouldn't tell you if it didn't make my head hurt. I am telling you that it did. Did it? What does this mean?

Posted by: simon_sc | December 1, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

he could be heard whispering under his breath
"...because it's stupid"

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 1, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

He also said " Why would I make such a dumb move when I have "one of the best talents in the league". The Gil haters better come on in, you won't get a better indorcement than that that Gil isn't going anywhere!

Posted by: zack5 | December 1, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm an Arenas fan, and don't want to see him traded.

That said, nobody is untouchable on a team this bad, and the nature of the business is such that trades must be made ... but only if such transactions IMPROVE the team.

That alone should end any talk about Vince Carter. The guy is as overrated as any player in the NBA in decades, and isn't even as good as he once was (which is nowhere near as good as he thinks he was). The guy is a selfish diva who is a mediocre ball handler and an average-at-best outside shooter, and he either can't defend or won't defend or both. Dead guys can score on him. He's a self-absorbed, lazy prima donna who will cripple any good mojo Coach Saunders might be building. He is the last guy Washington's young guys (especially Wall) should be opposed to.

If you want a "look at me" egomaniac whose ability is a fraction of what he thinks it is in the Wizards organization, hire Mike Shanahan as coach.

Posted by: DC2Dallas | December 1, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The Orlando Pinstripes says possible Reshad Lewis and Orton with A Blatche may be included in the deal with Gil. Who would this benefit? that don't even sound like a deal worth listening to. If Ernie went to Ted with that offer, he should be relieved of his duties asap!

Posted by: zack5 | December 1, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Ask Ted if we can trade Saunders for Van Gundy......

Posted by: bobilly2 | December 1, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse


The Gil haters better come on in, you won't get a better indorcement than that that Gil isn't going anywhere!

Posted by: zack5 | December 1, 2010 5:21 PM

He never said that Gil isn't going anywhere. Learn to think critically.

Posted by: bobabuie | December 1, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Where there is smoke...

Posted by: junkmail0153 | December 1, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

The 'fans' who root for Arenas to be traded should not even be allowed to watch Wizards games--not that they are the kind of fans that actually watch the games in the first place.

Seriously, chances are Gilbert Arenas is the reason you became a Wizards fan in the first place--so if you want him gone, you morons shouldn't be even allowed to watch the games.

you don't like arenas? Then stop pretending you're a Wizards fan...you're not.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 1, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"Well, no, you can't get equal value for Gil in a trade. The idea is to unload the contract, if at all possible. With the freed up money, you find ways to improve--but the equal value can't be traced back to a simple trade.

To me, Gil plays fine, but not up to his contract as a franchise player. His durability, his shooting percent, and his defense are just not equal to the contract value. On top of that you have to consider Gil's age over the next few years.

A team trying to win now might find Gil attractive, and you have to think Gil would love to go to such a team. His value to a building team is less than it is for a team who could gain from acquiring Gil now. A trade will be very hard to pull off, which is why Ted is emphasizing the realistic point--that he is a Wiz and will stay that way.

Posted by: EdDC | December 1, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse "

Oh yeah, you're right.

Grunfeld is in the business of signing people to big contracts just to unload them to clear cap room to sign players like Hilton Armstrong and others....essentially nobodies who contribute nothing towards the success of the team. Sounds like a vicious cycle of stupid moves. Ah...it's called curse of Les BouleS.

Sincerely, Les BouleS Prophet

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 1, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

"The 'fans' who root for Arenas to be traded should not even be allowed to watch Wizards games--not that they are the kind of fans that actually watch the games in the first place.

Seriously, chances are Gilbert Arenas is the reason you became a Wizards fan in the first place--so if you want him gone, you morons shouldn't be even allowed to watch the games.

you don't like arenas? Then stop pretending you're a Wizards fan...you're not.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 1, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse "

Such a joke. Les BouleS were here before Gilby, and will still be here after Gilby. Gilby is not the end all be all for Les BouleS, and the past history of one and done in the playoffs, the drama from the guns, the drama with the coaches, the hissyfits, etc., are all reasons why Gilby isn't as valuable to the team as you think he is.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 1, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Barno1, one doesn't have to dislike Arenas to see that ultimately, he will have to be moved so that Wall can flourish. It's not personal-they play the same position.

If we could trade Arenas for Demarcus Cousins, the talented, but headstrong Kings rookie, I would do it. He was a teammate of Wall at Kentucky and would help our frontcourt. Unfortunately, the Rockets and Pistons are trying to pry him from the Kings, so we would have some competition, but w/ Arenas as a bargaining chip, we have some juice IMO.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | December 1, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Blatche, JaVale or a #1 pick should not be included in a trade involving Gil. But Vince Carter, whose contract runs out at the end of this season? Of course! It does not matter what Carter's weaknesses or ego or defense might be, since you gain three years in a trade of bad contracts.

Posted by: EdDC | December 1, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Why would the Magic even consider such a deal? They're one of the best half dozen teams in the league as it is. They're unlikely to eat the huge contract and risk messing up team chemistry.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 1, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

"Why would the Magic even consider such a deal? They're one of the best half dozen teams in the league as it is. They're unlikely to eat the huge contract and risk messing up team chemistry.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 1, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse "

Ultimately, they need deep threats to open up the middle for DHoward, who's probably going to get fouled or double teamed again during the playoffs whereby he'll be rendered helpless and useless.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | December 1, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Where a different team withouy Hylton Armstrong! For some reason they never play well in Toronto. This team is really really bad so I wasn't optimistic about our chances tonight. At least we'll have Hylton back for the next game!

Posted by: zack5 | December 1, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Barno1 -- anyone that actually wants to watch a Bullets game is an idiot.

Posted by: jwing14 | December 1, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Hilton Armstrong (our young back up center) and a #1 pick and our coach (Saunders) for Cousins (their young back up center). Then we go get Jeff Van Gundy to coach. Sacramento gets a new coach, since they are through with Westphal, and get rid of a headache.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | December 2, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Arenas for Cousins? Hey, why not Arenas for Lebron James? Arenas MIGHT be tradable for some already-injured body with a big expiring contract, but they could never get a high-talent big man like Cousins for him, even if the salary differences didn't preclude such a trade. Arenas has a salary that is WAY beyond his abilities at this point and he plays no defense at all. Hard to find any trades for him other than ones for guys whose careers are over due to injury and whose big contracts expire before his. That's why they say they aren't trading Arenas -- no one wants him.

Posted by: dolph924 | December 2, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

As if the Heat needs yet ANOTHER criminal gun-toting gangbanger wannabee in Miami. Please. Who in the WORLD would have this criminal reprobate in their locker room besides, well, the Bullets? Errr, uhhhm, the Wizards.

Posted by: JamesChristian | December 2, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Getting more players will not help if Saunders is still the coach and unfortunately Grunfield and Saunders are friends. Maybe he needs to also fire Grunfield!

Posted by: oakiedokie | December 2, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Can Flip Please Just For 1 Game, Start.....

the Wall-Gil backcourt with Kirk on the bench. We're 17 games in with Gil playing in 14 of them, Wall in 11, and they have only started 1 game together, and that was with Kirk. Stop acting like Gil missed a hundred games to the point where he has to be on the bench when he comes back. Stop acting like Wall missed a hundred games to the point where he's got to come off the bench when he gets back. We are the only team in the league who has there 2 best players on the bench all year long. Get them both in the starting lineup & put Kirk on the bench.

We're 17 games in and we still havent one time ran the lineup that everyone thought we would use, but yet we wonder why we lose every game. His rotations suck. He's all crossed up now. Stop crabbing around and just put the real lineup in and see what happens. Then you can say that we suck, or that Gil & Wall cant play together, or whatever but dont keep trying your hardest every game to do something other then that. Now again Gil played so bad & Kirk played so solid that it will be another excuse for Flip to again not start that lineup. Either Wall or Gil will again come off the bench or he will start 3 small guys. I could see if we were winning but we never win. Just start the real lineup and see how it goes, you idiot.....lol

Posted by: dlts2041 | December 2, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

please, please, please do NOT trade gilbert. he and wall are the only reasons this team is worth watching right now. sigh...and if he goes there will be so much more pressure on wall. we need gil.

PLUS: does anyone else think that gil not having played the past few years might actually be good for him in the long run? maybe a little less wear and tear in later years, a la the current version of grant hill in phoenix.

Posted by: LoveTheWiz | December 2, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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