I've seen a few threads discussing the Pacers asking too much for Murphy in trades, and so I was curious, what is and what should be the most important return?
I personally think we're asking so much, because this teams NEEDS so much, think about it.
I believe we're close to the cap, or luxury tax next season, so we would like expiring contracts, but you can't just take on an expiring contract because then you lose depth and talent.
Take for example the Murphy to the Cavs deal. It's rumored the Cavs don't want to give up Hickson or their 1st round draft pick, so that would leave Z's expiring, though that would help towards salary cap situations, we don't get any player or talent to show for it, and the cap relief isn't going to be enough to go out and make a difference in free agency
Then you ask.. why not just trade Murphy to the Cavs and send Z to another team looking for cap space, and get players in return that way. Well you would then need an expiring coming from the other team to help out with the cap situation
Unfortunately Murphy is our biggest trading chip we have that we're willing to get rid of, but as we all know, his value isn't what his stats can make it out to be.
So what Bird has to do is find a team, or a combination of teams that will somehow land the Pacers an expiring deal worth enough to help the cap situation, as well as throw in a young talented player or picks that can lead to a young talented player. And young doesn't necessarily mean 1st or 2nd year guys.
If Bird can't find a combination to his liking of expiring deals and young talent, then Murphy will remain on the roster until summer or next year's deadline. If Bird only wanted an expiring contract, Murphy would already be gone.
If a team offers Bird and expiring contract, as well as a player or 2 that can fit into our plans moving forward... we'll have new Pacers come Feb. 18th.
Trouble being, I'm not sure which team or teams will be willing to give up an expiring contract AND young talent for Troy Murphy.