IndyDave: IF the Warriors offer Murphy, Pietrus and Biedrins and a pick for Artest, Foster and Harrison , pretty good chance Ron's in the Bat Area soon.
Murphy would provide scoring and rebounding that we need. Pietrus is a young swingman who can play defense . Biedrins is very very young but has good upside and Warriors pick would be better than the Heat's.
People over emphasize the Pacers need for cap relief Pollard, Miller and Bender's contracts come off this summer thats 19 mil. They are 30+ over the cap so unless they dump 20 million more they can't be a player in free agency away.
After next season Croshere's 9 million comes off.
An though people say NENE is a greater risk than Kwame Brown , NENE'S low salary means something else comes with him . Plus since Nene only signed the qualifying offer , if he is traded to the Pacers they get his Bird rights meaning they can match any offer or do a sign and trade he is a restricted free agent.
The plus side for the Lakers is every good game Brian Cook has it makes him more attractive to Bird and Walsh. George likes serve only if Croshere is tossed into the deal , so the Pacers can save paying his 9 mil salary next season while letting George's 5+ mil come off the books.
I think Walsh is still not making a move till after the West coast trip that end Jan. 9th in LA , unless the Pacers lose a couple more in a row.
Since Walsh has ownership permission to sitr Artest all season, he is under no real pressure to take crap. If Artest gets to mouthy you suspend him. The Pacers are not a challenger now so making the playoffs is the goal even struggling they atre still the 6th seed currently.
We know the NENE and filler offer is legit so who knows.
Sky: Jonez - Indy Dave has some inside connects, but he's also a homer. That Warrior trade idea is pure crack pipe. The word from Oakland is Mullin thinks Artest is too risky to part with any of his young core and is working on deadline deals for an impact big.
D Nice - We'll find out, but my gut is Odom will not be offered.
IndyDave: Crack pipe huh?
Okay reason why Murphy is tradable large contract and Ike Diogu's play of late.
Pietrus is who the Pacers want as a swingman defender. Biedrins has been offered from the beginning ask any Warrior fan they will tell you as soon as Artest became available the Warriors stopped playing Biedrins even tho he'd played well in limited minutes before that.
Foster , Artest and Harrison would go to the Warriors IF LATEST TALK IS CORRECT , Murphy , Pietrus , Biedins or a #1 and trade exemption comes to Indy. If Biedrins stays in Bay area Harrison stays in Indy for now.
Acquiring Murphy's scoring may then mean Stephen Jackson will be shopped next with Harrison
Sky: Indy Dave - Yes, crack pipe. Mullin is working on packaging Murphy, but for bigger fish than this. Pietrus would be in a Warrior offer since they can no longer afford to re-sign him. Biedrins is a possibility if they get Harrison back. But Pietrus, Biedrins AND Murphy? No.
Again I've heard from the inside that Mullin is after a big at the deadline and that he wants to use Murphy to get it. Also heard that Mullin is not willing to give up young core for Artest. Warrior fans hate Dunleavy with such a passion they'll give up anything but Diogu and the backcourt to do it, doesn't mean Mullin is.
If Indy is as focused on cost reduction as you claim, they'd want the Warrior trade X and Philly #1 for Foster in one deal, with Pietrus, Biedrins and Cheaney for Artest and Harrison in another. That I could believe. Murphy, Pietrus, Biedrins and a #1 for Artest, Foster and Harrison I cannot.
Sky: Final offers were reportedly due this morning, with a final decision made within the next few days.
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