February 23, 2007

IMAGINE EPSTEIN AND CASHMAN IF A JASON KIDD-TYPE WERE BEING DUMPED?:

Few trades as NBA deadline passes (John Eligon, February 23, 2007, International Herald Tribune)

Days of aggressive negotiating by any number of NBA general managers came to an anticlimactic conclusion when only three deals were reached at the trading deadline, none of them involving star players.

The Nets' Jason Kidd and Vince Carter, the Sacramento Kings' Mike Bibby and the Memphis Grizzlies' Pau Gasol -- the top players on the trade market -- will remain with their teams.

The quiet passing of the deadline Thursday was a reflection of how difficult the NBA's salary structure and rules make it for teams to complete blockbuster deals in the middle of a season.


All those folks who hate the Yankees and Sox because they try too hard to win ought to be NBA fans, where no one cares about winning.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 23, 2007 6:48 PM
Comments

The problem in the NBA is that you only need one or two truly, great players to win the title. If you don't have them, it doesn't matter how many good players you have.

Posted by: Brandon at February 24, 2007 9:20 AM

Two points:

1) OJ, because the NBA salary cap requires salaries to match up it is much harder to make a trade, especially in season. Also, the lack of a true "farm system" makes it hard for a team with a 12-man roster to make a 3-for-1 or 4-for-1 trade in season. Under NBA rules the traditional baseball strategy of dumping high $ stars for low dollar prospects almost impossible.

2) Brandon is absolutely correct. My #2 son who is a true NBA geek pointed out to me this week that the only two teams in the last 50 years to win titles without a top-50 quality player are the 1979 Sonics and the 2004 Pistons.

Posted by: jeff at February 24, 2007 10:47 AM

The point being that the Lakers refused to add a second.

Posted by: oj at February 24, 2007 11:21 AM
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