July 17, 2006

Not quite 10 on the $1.00:

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 07:54 PM - 8 comments

Rather than have unrestricted free agent Stojakovic sign with the Hornets, the Indiana Pacers brokered a sign and trade deal which nets them the vaunted "Traded Player Exception". This exception can then be spun around and used to sign a free agent like Al Harrington (or not). Why would the Hornets agree to such a deal? To keep Harrington from joining another Western Conference Squad silly! Larry Bird is proving to be a shrewd general manager. One wonders why other GMs don't do this more often when they stand to lose a player to (unrestricted) free agency with no compensation. Well played Larry Joe. Well played.

posted by lilnemo at 08:03 PM on July 17, 2006

This is either smart of the Pacers or stupid of the Hornets or maybe a little of both. Good move by Indiana.

posted by STUNNER at 11:27 PM on July 17, 2006

I just hope Rick Carlisle can coach this kind of team. He is a solid coach, but he has his own system that doesn't seem like it will mesh well with the type of team that LB is putting together.

posted by ballen7065 at 06:33 AM on July 18, 2006

Al Harrington is the top free agent still out there, and honestly, the sign and trade to Indiana would make a lot of sense, helping to elevate the Pacers next year. The East (for the first time since 1998) actually looks loaded next year. You have Miami, Cleveland and New Jersey as the early favorites. Detroit took a step back while Chicago took a step forward. If Indiana completes this deal they at least have closed the gap some between themselves and the Pistons/Bulls (whom I view as the second tier in the East).

posted by chemwizBsquared at 10:13 AM on July 18, 2006

Didn't the article state that Harrington is holding back right now to make more money? I don't see why he would take less money to go to Indy, especially if someone out there is willing to pay what he wants (Golden State, I'm looking your way). 7.5 Million is nothing to scoff at, but if someone offers 10 Mil, it's a whole different ballgame.

posted by sublime4390116 at 10:43 AM on July 18, 2006

7.5 Million is nothing to scoff at, but if someone offers 10 Mil, it's a whole different ballgame. If Harrington was worth that kind of money someone would have offered it by now. At this point its not even about the money. Its about what team can offer Atlanta a better package via sign and trade.

posted by lilnemo at 12:19 PM on July 18, 2006

I just read that ... and I didn't understand a single freaking word of it. Jesus, do I hate salary cap machinations. Anyhow, at least we can say woe to those who think Larry is still The Hick From French Lick.

posted by wfrazerjr at 02:52 PM on July 18, 2006

Does any one know how much JJ Redick sign for.

posted by SharpShooter at 04:38 PM on July 18, 2006

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