Arenas Energized by Trade to Magic

Arenas Energized by Trade to Magic

About 45 minutes before his first game with the Orlando Magic, Gilbert Arenas(notes) sat in the team’s locker room beaming.

“I’ve been doing a lot of smiling lately,” Arenas said.

Not even a 91-81 loss to the Atlanta Hawks could temper Arenas’ enthusiasm about his trade to the Magic. He leaves behind a franchise in Washington that’s in the throes of a rebuilding project, as well as the memories of a firearms violation that stained his career, not to mention his legal record. In return, he joins a team still intent on challenging for a championship – one that is also run by a general manager whom Arenas considers to be the “the only person that actually believed in me.”

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