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PHOENIX (AP) -- With a pair of aging stars apparently on the decline, the Phoenix Suns are off to their worst start in five years.
They're hoping a midseason shakeup -- headlined by the acquisition of a new weapon -- will help.
Jason Richardson could be in the Suns' lineup for the first time when the red-hot Orlando Magic visit Phoenix tonight, two days after general manager Steve Kerr pulled the trigger on a major five-player trade.
The Suns stand 13-10 and have reached 10 losses faster than in any season since 2003-04 -- the last time they missed the playoffs.
Part of the problem has been declining production from a pair of former league MVPs.
Point guard Steve Nash is averaging 15 points and 8 assists --both his lowest totals in five seasons.
Shaquille O'Neal's 15 points per game are nearly 10 below his career average.
Those numbers may have guided Kerr on Wednesday, when he traded veteran role players Boris Diaw and Raja Bell along with reserve point guard Sean Singletary to Charlotte in exchange for Richardson, forward Jared Dudley and a draft pick.
Richardson averaged 19 points and shot 46 percent from 3-point range in 14 games for Charlotte this season despite arthroscopic knee surgery.
Orlando comes to town with a 17-5 record.
The Magic have won four straight and 13 of 15, opening its five-game Western road trip with wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland.