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ChicagoJ
02-19-2004, 04:06 PM
Dumars turns nothing into 'Sheed
By Chad Ford
NBA Insider
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Updated: February 19
2:49 PM ET

Joe Dumars, you are my hero.

Armed with a bunch of middling expiring contracts and two mid-to-late
first-round picks, the Pistons found a way to turn that into Rasheed Wallace on
Wednesday.

The deal, first reported by Insider, sent Bob Sura, Zeljko Rebraca , Lindsey
Hunter, Chucky Atkins and the Pistons' two first-round picks to Boston and
Atlanta and Rasheed and Mike James to Detroit. The Pistons also sent cash to
Boston.

We'll wait while you pick yourself up off the floor.

We all know what Detroit was thinking. The Pistons added one of the better
low-post scorers in the league in Wallace, a point guard in James who has
actually outperformed the guy they shipped out (Atkins), and they cleared nearly
nine million in cap room earmarked for restricted free agent Mehmet Okur.

The ability to re-sign Okur is the ultimate prize for Detroit. A Pistons source
told Insider that the team gave no assurances to Wallace that it would re-sign
him this summer. Instead, the Pistons are protecting the extra $4.5 million in
cap room they just cleared to make sure that other teams under the cap like
Utah, Phoenix or Denver can't steal Mehmet away.

We have now idea what Atlanta or Boston are thinking.

"They're morons," one league executive told Insider. "I can't believe they just
did that."

The Hawks keep all of their cap room (which should be around $20 million this
summer) but only pick up an extra mid-first-round pick via Milwaukee in the
deal.

It's even worse for Boston. The Celtics traded away $6.6 million in cap room and
their starting point guard, James, for a guy who is was a backup in Detroit and
has two more years left on his deal. I know Danny Ainge likes this draft, but .
. . is a late-first-round pick worth that?

Mark this down as the deal of the season.

ChicagoJ
02-19-2004, 04:33 PM
What else went down?

The Jazz are the other big winners so far today. It may not appear that way at
first blush, but hear me out. Insider first reported a day after the Stephon
Marbury trade that the Suns would send Tom Gugliotta and a first-round pick to
Utah for Keon Clark. What took so long?

One, the Jazz saved money by waiting another month-plus before taking over his
contract. Second, in the meantime, the Jazz were able to wrangle a second future
first-rounder from the Suns. All along they are giving up no cap space for next
season.

The other trade, reported by ESPN.com's Marc Stein, gives them a player in
Gordan Giricek whom they have coveted for a while. Despite the upside, DeShawn
Stevenson never got along with coach Jerry Sloan. He would've left via free
agency anyway. Giricek wanted to play in Utah and will likely be re-signed. He
also helps them now as the team struggles without Matt Harpring.

Why did the Suns and Magic make these trades? The Suns end up saving close to
$15 million this year when you figure the luxury tax into this thing. That's a
big, big deal in Phoenix.

The Magic felt they needed to get more athletic and believe that Stevenson has
an upside that they Jazz never tapped. Sloan not tapping upside? Hmmmmm . . . .

zxc
02-19-2004, 04:48 PM
"They're morons," one league executive told Insider. "I can't believe they just did that."



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