Because, I'll confess, if Bird and Walsh somehow drank idiot juice and traded JO for Sasha, VladRad, Kwame, Evans and Cook, I'd soil myself on the spot.
But the trade of JO is a risk for both teams: for the Lakers if his injuries situation isn't actually resolved--because if he's injured as a Pacer, it wouldn't have cost the Pacers anything, like it does the Lakers (Bynum and LO); for the Pacers, they better hope that Bynum, 1. does realize his potential, but 2. and I'd say more importantly, that--let's say Bynum becomes the next Shaq--that they can sign him off his rookie contract. What if Bynum walks away to one of the coastal teams in two years. Indiana doesn't have the glamore that Los Angeles or the tri-state region where he comes from does. What if the Nets find cap space to sign him? He can go back home with a lot of money and still a lot of potential in future contracts because he's so dang young. In other words, if he takes a dip in earnings by not resigning with Indiana when his rookie contract runs out, he won't be far behind signing a couple of back-to-back max contracts once he enters that bracket with his new team all because he's so young.
I don't know, I think Bird knows he can't mess this one up like it looks like he did with the GSW trade. It just looks like it shouldn't happen and I'm fine with that because I'd like to see how Bynum develops as a Lakers bigman. Hopefully he won't disappoint.