By Craig Kwasniewski
The Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers (FYI - two of the five NBA teams not named after their host city) had a blockbuster trade today. According to yahoo.com, the trade goes as follows:
Golden State Traded:
So what's my initial impression? Indiana is looking to improve their "image" by bringing in a bunch of white guys. Given the gun/stripper incident with Jackson and given the conservative fanbase, a trade of some kind was imminent. But did they really need to send off two of their best scorers for two overrated white guys? Also, weren't they supposed to rebuild? So how is taking on two horrible contracts gonna help?
Brett summed up the trade in an email, "Larry Bird is smoking crack."
Murphy lost his starting center job and Dunleavy has been trade bait the minute after he signed that ridiculous contract a last season. Now Golden State ships two players they never really needed (plus a big with decent upside in Diogu) and get two good scorers that'll make up for the Richardson injury. Does this mean that Jason Richardson will be traded soon?
Both Jackson and Harrington will thrive at Nellie-ball. I expect a similar season-ending push like what happened after the Warriors initially traded for Davis a few years ago. Given the depth of the Western Conference, all that means is a seven seed and a first-round loss to Phoenix...which will be fun to watch.
To me, the biggest upside of the trade is the end of the asenine Dunleavy-to-Clippers trade rumor that's been going on the past two years.