Guest ATENEARS Posted February 20, 2009 Report Share Posted February 20, 2009 Barkley states that that acquistion of Alston by the Magic, have "Put them over the top!", when asked to clarify what he meant by that, he stated, "He now puts Orlando ahead of Cleveland, with only the Celtics to over-come". Barkley went on to state that he thought Cleveland needed to make a trade for a 'Big', and that they needed help. The panel thought that Alston was an upgrade over Nelson in the Magic's offense. Jon Barry thinks the only trade that will have an impact is the one that sent Rafer Alston to the Magic. The Orlando Magic acquired one more point guard -- Houston's Rafer Alston -- to fill the void created by Jameer Nelson's season-ending shoulder injury. Orlando, Houston and Memphis have reached agreement on a three-way trade. After acquiring Tyronn Lue from Milwaukee earlier this month as its first Nelson fill-in, Orlando has managed to land Alston by agreeing to surrender a first-round pick to the Grizzlies. The Magic sent Brian Cook to Houston and Adonal Foyle, Mike Wilks and a first-round draft pick went to Memphis. "Rafer is a starting veteran point guard who shoots the ball well," Magic general manager Otis Smith said in a statement. "He gives us added depth and athleticism in the backcourt . We thank Brian, Adonal and Mike for all of their contributions and wish them all the best." Smith also announced Nelson underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Thursday afternoon. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. The rehabilitation will take 4-6 months. Nelson dislocated his right shoulder and suffered a torn labrum on Feb. 2 vs. Dallas. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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