Why does everyone assume that the deal for Jermaine is going to be or has to be a fair one for the team he is going to?
I know in a perfect world everyone should be in a win-win situation.
The fact of the matter is that Indiana is not Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Houston, Philadelphia or Phoenix. The market that the Indiana Pacers are in is hard enough to attract free agents even if you have the cap space and the money to pay them…there is always the question about winter climate, nightspots to party at and other BS that players of any importance actually look at. See Shaq, Vince Carter, Alonzo Moruning (Toronto), these players could have made a difference to a smaller market team, but had the ability to either say they weren’t going to show up and screw the other team…regardless. There’s your perfect world. Unless Kobe can be traded to Chicago or New York for another superstar, draft picks and expiring contracts a “fair trade for the Lakers will not happen (oh, boo hoo!).
I applaud Larry Bird and Donnie Walsh for standing pat on the Jermaine and Troy Murphy for Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Kwame Brown, filler player and the 19th pick. It’s about time that the Indiana Pacers come out ahead for the first time in their NBA history. This team has been behind the 8 ball in the NBA since its inception in 1976. Part of the wonderful TV revenue still goes to the owner of the Spirits of St.Louis so that the team could be absorbed. The NBA then had a dispersal draft of the remaining NBA players go to all the NBA teams instead of making the ABA teams a little more solvent and competitive…Yeah the Pacers had the worst record of the remaining ABA teams at that time, but the Bulls had a worse record and got Artis Gilmore with the first pick, the Pacers got Wil Jones…yeah that helped. But that should show you how the NBA makes it “fair”. Jeeze, they were getting a payment from all the teams just to come into the league, yet in the long run it was those teams that help change and revitalize the NBA game. Yeah, that was fair then too.
Many of you on this Digest need to understand the past of the NBA’s dealing with the Pacers over the years…but you don’t because many of you didn’t jump on board the NBA until Michael Jordan was winning championships. To those of you who were here from the beginning of the Pacer franchise, you know and can relate to what I am saying.
So many of you think that giving Jermaine up for just Bynum, Kwame and the 19th pick will suffice….why do you want to accept that deal, the Pacers are clearly in the drivers seat here…that thanks to one over blown ego of a Mr. Kobe Bryant…If I’m a business man and I’m trying to make a deal for my company, I understand where I can use a weakness of that company to get my company the better deal, I wouldn’t be doing my job
If I didn’t….I’m not working for the Lakers, I’m working for the Pacers…that’s what ALL of you should be saying and any Lakers fans that say…ohhh that’s not fair, all we would have is JO and Kobe, well that would be two more All Stars then the Pacers would have with that trade.
The Pacers are negotiating from a position of power here, and it’s about time that Larry Bird learns how too use it if he’s going to run an NBA franchise. The Pacers do not have to trade ANYONE…yeah you heard me…they don’t have to trade anyone. What would it hurt to give this team constructed as it is a shot at a training camp under a new coach, with all the players involved coming into camp off of their summer training programs. If I remember right the Pacers weren’t playing that bad until Marques Daniels went down for the season…that was when then Pacers were exposed as a team without any foundation. What happens if you give Jermaine O’Neal another season, with all the cast of characters and a couple of minor changes???? Clearly the Lakers are the ones who need O’Neal, the Pacers could start rebuilding with Odom, Bynum, Kwames expiring contract and be rid of Murphy’s albatross of a contract (42.2 mill). (Together those two contracts save the Pacers 18 million dollars in cap space next year). That’s what a GOOD business man does, he presents himself with an Attainable goal, but knows that he will still have a fallback plan in case it doesn’t work out….The Pacers are clearly that team.
Now as far as the Lakers are concerned…They are one of the NBA’s three marquee teams. Their courtside seats are up to $2,300 per ticket. They have unquestionably the NBA’s top player at this stage of his career and probably has 4 years at this level left. Do you keep Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum and pray that this team gets better and makes it out of the first round, or do you bring in a Jermaine O’Neal and a Troy Murphy (both double, double guys on a decent team) and fill in the blanks with role players. You obviously have to resign Luke Walton or sign and trade him for help at point guard…They still have the MLE to use for another player…They could go after attainable players such as Ron Artest and since Sacramento is looking to move him anyway, probably get him in a fire sale. That would make the Lakers contenders in the West overnight, but as they stand reports say that they would rather trade Kobe for players that would still might not fit together in the Lakers system (the Triangle)
So tell me again why should this be a fair trade for the Lakers?