I came up with a different deal.... This makes a whole lot of sense.
Golden State gets:
Kevin Martin 4 yr, $44.24M
Troy Muphy 2 yr, $23.02M
TJ Ford 2 yr, $17.00M (second year is player option at $8.5M)
Indiana 2010 Second Rounder
Monta Ellis 5 yr, $55.00M
Kenny Thomas 1 yr, $8.78M
Golden State swaps their PG for a SG which frees up playing time for Stephen Curry at PG. This saves them an extra $11M, but to not take a decrease in talent to get rid of an unhappy player and allow your best young player flourish, it is icing on the cake.
Sacramento moves Tyreke Evans to SG, which is his natural position and brings in TJ to backup Beno Udrih, being the scoring PG off the bench that he should be. Sacramento is looking to reduce payroll and has been shopping Kenny Thomas all over the place and this deal saves them $13M, assuming TJ opts into his contract, $21.5 if he opts out. They will be under the cap with 14 players under contract after this deal for next year. Murphy is a complementary player to their young front court for a year and a half and they get rid of Kevin Martin who has been oft injured. A good trade for a team looking to go young and cheap.
For Indiana, we bring in a young and much better PG by taking on an additional $23M in salary overall, without destroying our cap flexibility in 2011. We get rid of a big contract for next year, which will be our tough spot financially, and this deal alleviates that pressure on our front office for next year's cap. We give up two players that don't really fit our team with large contracts and get a centerpiece for our future. I know we are asking a lot by taking on the extra salary, but most of that salary comes 4 and 5 years from now and we would spend that on someone young and talented anyway. We might not be able to get as talented a free agent in 2011 as we would have the opportunity to get here.
PG - Ellis, Watson, Price, Deiner
SG - Rush, D. Jones, Head
SF - Granger, Dunleavy
PF - Hansborough, Thomas, McRoberts
C - Hibbert, S. Jones, Foster
Add in our PF/C 2010 First round draft pick to solidify our front court, and we look pretty good for the future.