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Unclebuck
01-17-2007, 11:15 PM
There isn't much here, but it is something


http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/16481809.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp


Warriors blockbuster: Dunleavy, Murphy sent to Pacers in eight-player trade

By Marcus Thompson II
CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Chris Mullin, the Warriors executive vice president of basketball operations, pulled off a blockbuster eight-player trade, drastically altering his team's roster and getting a player he coveted this summer.

In a team release Wednesday, Mullin announced that the Warriors sent forwards Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy to the Indiana Pacers for forward Al Harrington and swingman Stephen Jackson. The Warriors also sent second-year forward Ike Diogu and reserve guard Keith McLeod to Indiana for point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius and forward Josh Powell.

The move makes the Warriors more athletic in the frontcourt, which should better fuel coach Don Nelson's up-tempo game. Harrington, 6-foot-9, and Jackson, who's 6-8, are both supremely athletic with skills to boot. Jasikevicius automatically becomes the Warriors' best pure shooter, and Powell, a 6-9, 225-pound second-year forward, is a raw talent.

Perhaps most important, though, is the salary cap help this deal provides. Whereas the salaries swapped this season are fairly close (the Warriors shipped out about $19.2 million and took in about $18.5 million), the Warriors freed up significant future space.

Dunleavy was in the first year of a five-year, $45 million deal that was going to pay him some $37.5 million over the next four seasons. Murphy has about $42 million coming to him over the next four years. McLeod will be a free agent at the end of this season.

There's a team option on Diogu's contract each of the next two years, which if picked up will pay him $5.2 million.

Harrington, 26, signed a four-year, $35 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks as part of an offseason sign-and-trade deal with the Pacers, who outbid the Warriors. He'll get a bit over $27 million the next three years.

Jackson, 28, is due just over $21 million over the next three years. Jasikevicius has one year left for $4 million and Powell will be a free agent.

That's about $31 million the Warriors have freed up, $32 million if you assume Diogu's options will be picked up.

Although the end came with swiftness and a minimum of leaks, Murphy said Wednesday when stopped in the lobby of the Warriors' hotel in Marina Del Rey that he had been expecting an imminent resolution to his role as a high-paid bench warmer.

"I could tell something was up," said Murphy, who wasn't surprised at being dealt with Dunleavy despite their hefty contracts that run through the 2010-11 season. "I'm excited for the opportunity, and I wish the Warriors all the best. I'm excited. I'm really excited."

Although the Warriors have been a constant presence in the rumor mill for two seasons, the reaction of Murphy's former teammates was one of astonishment.

"Wow," point guard Baron Davis said. "I mean, I was shocked. I was shocked at how many players were gone and how many were coming. I think it's a great trade for both teams. There's a lot of talent involved in that trade, a lot good players and pieces from both ends.

"I think all the players were pretty much in similar positions to where both teams felt like there needed to be a change."

Davis lives in Las Vegas during the offseason with Harrington and had been the Harrington's biggest champion as the Warriors pursued him over the summer.

"It's great," Davis said. "I mean, Al is like my brother. We're like brothers, for real. As well as Stephen Jackson. They're both like brothers to me, guys I work out with over the summer, guys I've been knowing since high school. They're very talented and versatile. I think it's something that we need. They're definitely going to make us a better team."

Davis said he had spoken to Harrington and Jackson and that both were planning to be at the Warriors' practice facility tomorrow.

Warriors forward Matt Barnes said he didn't think it would take long for the new players, especially Harrington and Jackson, to get up to speed in Golden State's system.

"Nelson gives us a basic structure, but he allows us to create," Barnes said. "I think (Harrington and Jackson) will be able to come right in, fit right in and play, because they're both versatile players, which this system likes. They both shoot the ball inside and outside. ... I think they'll be able to come in and contribute immediately."

They'll have to. To make the NBA-mandated minimum of eight players, the Warriors had to send for center Adonal Foyle and forward Mickael Pietrus, who originally were going to spend today in Oakland getting treatment on their sprained ankles but instead will model uniforms on Golden State's bench.

Golden State also announced the signing of forward Renaldo Major from the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contract. The 6-foot-7 Major, a three-year veteran of the CBA and NBDL out of Fresno State, was averaging 17.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game with the Wizards.

Times staff writer Geoff Lepper contributed to this story.

Slick Pinkham
01-17-2007, 11:19 PM
It has to help JO to have a potential frontcourt partner who can rebound AND hit jumpers, something he hasn't had since Brad Miller.

I wish Troy could pass like Brad...

Leisure Suit Larry
01-17-2007, 11:21 PM
You better be excited Troy Murphy, you get to come back to the beautiful, always exciting state of INDIANA

Anthem
01-17-2007, 11:35 PM
You better be excited Troy Murphy, you get to come back to the beautiful, always exciting state of INDIANA
He should be excited. He gets to play basketball again.

Pacerized
01-17-2007, 11:46 PM
It would be nice to have a center that might open up the floor some for J.O., but I think Murphy still has to earn the spot. He'll get his minutes, but I don't know if it will be with the starters, or if he'll still come off the bench. He may go the same path as Pollard, and Harrison in supplanting Foster. It will all come down to who fits in best with the starters, or reserves.
In order for Murphy to start I think both Ike, and Foster have to come off the bench. It will be interesting to see how this pans out, but I wouldn't consider it a given that Murphy will play that much beside J.O.

Unclebuck
01-17-2007, 11:51 PM
Here is a link to two Mullin interviews and one Nellie Interview. Nothing too earth shattering here. Nellie did say that Jax has been available for quite some time ever since he got into trouble


http://www.nba.com/warriors/news/Warriors_Acquire_Harrington_Jackson.html

Anthem
01-18-2007, 12:42 AM
It would be nice to have a center that might open up the floor some for J.O., but I think Murphy still has to earn the spot. He'll get his minutes, but I don't know if it will be with the starters, or if he'll still come off the bench. He may go the same path as Pollard, and Harrison in supplanting Foster. It will all come down to who fits in best with the starters, or reserves.
In order for Murphy to start I think both Ike, and Foster have to come off the bench. It will be interesting to see how this pans out, but I wouldn't consider it a given that Murphy will play that much beside J.O.
Peck's always sworn that Murphy was a better player than Foster. We'll find out.