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    Default 2004-02-19 PM Update

    Dumars turns nothing into 'Sheed
    By Chad Ford
    NBA Insider
    Send an Email to Chad Ford Thursday, February 19
    Updated: February 19
    2:49 PM ET

    Joe Dumars, you are my hero.

    Armed with a bunch of middling expiring contracts and two mid-to-late
    first-round picks, the Pistons found a way to turn that into Rasheed Wallace on
    Wednesday.

    The deal, first reported by Insider, sent Bob Sura, Zeljko Rebraca , Lindsey
    Hunter, Chucky Atkins and the Pistons' two first-round picks to Boston and
    Atlanta and Rasheed and Mike James to Detroit. The Pistons also sent cash to
    Boston.

    We'll wait while you pick yourself up off the floor.

    We all know what Detroit was thinking. The Pistons added one of the better
    low-post scorers in the league in Wallace, a point guard in James who has
    actually outperformed the guy they shipped out (Atkins), and they cleared nearly
    nine million in cap room earmarked for restricted free agent Mehmet Okur.

    The ability to re-sign Okur is the ultimate prize for Detroit. A Pistons source
    told Insider that the team gave no assurances to Wallace that it would re-sign
    him this summer. Instead, the Pistons are protecting the extra $4.5 million in
    cap room they just cleared to make sure that other teams under the cap like
    Utah, Phoenix or Denver can't steal Mehmet away.

    We have now idea what Atlanta or Boston are thinking.

    "They're morons," one league executive told Insider. "I can't believe they just
    did that."

    The Hawks keep all of their cap room (which should be around $20 million this
    summer) but only pick up an extra mid-first-round pick via Milwaukee in the
    deal.

    It's even worse for Boston. The Celtics traded away $6.6 million in cap room and
    their starting point guard, James, for a guy who is was a backup in Detroit and
    has two more years left on his deal. I know Danny Ainge likes this draft, but .
    . . is a late-first-round pick worth that?

    Mark this down as the deal of the season.
    Why do the things that we treasure most, slip away in time
    Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
    Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
    Till we fall away in our own darkness, a stranger to our own hearts
    And life itself, rushing over me
    Life itself, the wind in black elms,
    Life itself in your heart and in your eyes, I can't make it without you


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    Default But wait, there's more...

    What else went down?

    The Jazz are the other big winners so far today. It may not appear that way at
    first blush, but hear me out. Insider first reported a day after the Stephon
    Marbury trade that the Suns would send Tom Gugliotta and a first-round pick to
    Utah for Keon Clark. What took so long?

    One, the Jazz saved money by waiting another month-plus before taking over his
    contract. Second, in the meantime, the Jazz were able to wrangle a second future
    first-rounder from the Suns. All along they are giving up no cap space for next
    season.

    The other trade, reported by ESPN.com's Marc Stein, gives them a player in
    Gordan Giricek whom they have coveted for a while. Despite the upside, DeShawn
    Stevenson never got along with coach Jerry Sloan. He would've left via free
    agency anyway. Giricek wanted to play in Utah and will likely be re-signed. He
    also helps them now as the team struggles without Matt Harpring.

    Why did the Suns and Magic make these trades? The Suns end up saving close to
    $15 million this year when you figure the luxury tax into this thing. That's a
    big, big deal in Phoenix.

    The Magic felt they needed to get more athletic and believe that Stevenson has
    an upside that they Jazz never tapped. Sloan not tapping upside? Hmmmmm . . . .
    Why do the things that we treasure most, slip away in time
    Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
    Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
    Till we fall away in our own darkness, a stranger to our own hearts
    And life itself, rushing over me
    Life itself, the wind in black elms,
    Life itself in your heart and in your eyes, I can't make it without you


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    Default Re: 2004-02-19 PM Update

    "They're morons," one league executive told Insider. "I can't believe they just did that."


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