02.24.05

Deadline Mania : New Jerseys For Everyone

Posted in Basketball at 7:42 pm by

Since I last staggered though an airport earlier today, here’s what went down :

1) Baron Davis to the Warriors, Speedy Claxton and Dale Davis to the Hornets.

New Orleans successfully clears a ton of cap room ; Golden State has an All-Star guard (alibet one who is injured) to pair with Jason Richardson. Let this be a lesson to those superstars who don’t impress Byron Scott with their rehab efforts — piss him off and you’ll be shipped to a team slightly less sucky.

2) Gary Payton, Tom Gugliotta and Michael Stewart to Atlanta, Antoine Walker (above) returns to Boston.

‘Toine and Danny Ainge bury the hatchet and Boston essentially keeps Raef LaFrentz for nothing. Gary Payton, longing for a trade to a western contender…might not report to Atlanta?

3) the much traveled Keith Van Horn to Dallas, Alan Henderson, Calvin Booth and a bag of money to Milwaukee.

The Bucks escape from Van Horn’s remaining $15.7 million, which can now be aimed at re-signing Michael Redd. Dallas, for their part, can now give the public the Van Horn/Shawn Bradley tandem they’ve been gagging for all these years.

4) Maurice Taylor to New York, Vin Baker and Moochie Norris to Houston.

Because what’s another $28 million over the next 3 years on an unspectacular forward like Taylor? Why not see if the Knicks can miss the playoffs and have a $200 million payroll in the same season?

5) Malik Rose (above) and two first-round picks to New York, Nazr Mohammed and Jamison Brewer to San Antonio.

Isiah Thomas wants to stockpile future draft picks so badly, he’s willing to assume the remaining four years and $27 million of Rose’s salary in order to obtain two first rounders…from a likely title contender.

5 Responses to “Deadline Mania : New Jerseys For Everyone”

  1. Tommy Hoops says:

    Why dont the Knicks go all the way with this franchise suicide and give Allan Houston and extension?

    I cant believe how gracelessly the Knicks have navigated through the post-Ewing era. I’d like to see them just eat it royally rather than try to keep the team average. But it’ll never happen; nobody wants to lose their front office job by taking their hands off the steering wheel and letting the team just SUCK.

    It looks like the Bulls have a shot at getting Legitimately Good before the Knicks. Didnt think that would happen, but it’s shaping up that way.

    Long days ahead, Ira. Long days ahead.

    TH

  2. CSTB says:

    Senior Hoops,

    Even with Isiah’s hands on the wheel, this team sucks. And the Bulls don’t just have a shot at getting good, they’re already there. And they’ve done it with an incredibly young team…and you can’t stockpile the right draft picks by finishing 9th or 10th in your conference. Then again, the Spurs do pretty well picking 27th or 28th.

  3. jamie says:

    The only team Isiah should be running should be the Eastern Conference Old-Timers team during All-Star weekend. And then only in uniform. I don’t know (or can’t remember) the term for the opposite of the Midas Touch, but whatever it is, he’s got it.

  4. John O says:

    Isiah has been a successful executive at every level except the CBA and NBA.

  5. Joe Gross says:

    Jesus Christ, Tom Gugliotta’s still around!?!?!

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