Raptors Trade: Jose Calderon, Antoine Wright
Orlando Trades: Mickael Pietrus, Brandon Bass, Jason Williams
Why does Orlando do this trade?
The Magic are struggling without a play maker and Jameer Nelson isn't cutting it (neither is Vince lawl). Jose Calderon gives them a player willing to share the ball and create for his teammates, something that Rashard Lewis needs (he's being exposed right now without a play maker in the line up, career lows everywhere). Antoine Wright is sent to off-set the loss of Pietrus, their current 6th man defender. With Jose arriving Jason Williams becomes expendable and the Magic have a much stronger PG rotation with Nelson/Calderon.
Why does Toronto do this trade?
Toronto adds an elite defender in Pietrus, who has been used in defending the league's premiere guards/SFs in Orlando (along with Matt Barnes). His defense will become very valuable come playoff-time. Pietrus is another energy guy off the bench similar to Amir Johnson and is a capable slasher. Bass provides more big-men to the Raptors front court that will also be useful come playoff time. With Reggie's injury up in the air (seriously when is that guy coming back?) Bass gives us another big-man that can bang in the post in the physical playoffs. Finally Jason Williams allows us to keep 3 PGs on the roster (Jack/Banks/Williams), with Banks/Williams bringing two different assets to the table depending on what we need (Banks = defense, Williams = offense). Also Jason's contract expires at the end of the season.
That looks like a very balanced lineup to me. The starting lineup only has Hedo as a below-average defender, and the bench is filled with athleticism and hustle players (Amir, DD, Weems, Bass).