Otis Smith and the Magic were able to make a move before yesterdays trade deadline, acquiring playground legend Rafer Alston from the Houston Rockets in a three team deal. Outgoing for the Magic are a '09 first round draft pick, Brian Cook, Mike Wilks, and future politician Adonal Foyle.
Let's see what the internet has to say:
- First, Jameer Nelson had his season ending shoulder surger yesterday.
- Ken Burger over at CBS Sportsline noted that Orlando was the only team in contention that made and sort of serious move yesterday.
- David Aldridge called the move "brilliant" over at NBA.com.
- Johnny Ludden over at yahoo forgot that Rafer played for SVG in Miami.
- Former Magic man Brian Cook was disappointed Orlando didn't give him a chance.
- The Sentinel's Magic blog argues that Otis is starting to come into his own as an NBA GM.
- Schmitz has the lowdown on how while Jameer was getting his shoulder done by the famous Dr. James Andrews, Otis was getting the Alston deal done.
- Bianchi writes that this deal will end up better than that last Houston/Orlando trade.
- John Denton of the Florida Today said something had to be done considering the PG play as of late.
- Here is the Houston Chronicle's perspective on the deal.
- ESPN's Jon Barry declaired the Orlando trade a winner.
- Hollinger gave the trade grade for the Magic a 'B'.
- Chad Ford reports that Orlando turned down a deal for "a better point guard: Jamaal Tinsley."
- And finally, here is the ESPN.com story that comes along with a podcast that discusses the trade.