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Why Nets? Payton is a replacement at PG. Payton and Fox's contracts both expire at the end of the year, totaling about $10mm. George has a player option for a 2nd year, but that's still another contract they can choose to dump in 2 years if they wish. But basically it's that they get a quality PG in return, get $10mm off the books next summer, and can do what they wish with George, a young play who may work out for them, but if not dump him or trade him after another year.
Why Lakers? They trade an old PG for a better old PG. It's already been said that the idea with this new Lakers team is to run more and use their atheletes. Kidd would be perfect for them in that regard. They also clear out their glut of SFs, and now their lineup looks like this:
That will be a deadly team in transition, and is once again stacked, just without the Diesel.
I think both teams should and would do this deal.
I think anyone and everyone in the NBA should be happy as hell that he is playing in the league & should be content with spending the duration of their contract with the team they signed with. Contracts should not be broken, although there are exceptions to everything.