Oh...that's a fine trade on paper, but Kobe's going to be PISSED about losing his best buddy. If the Lakers were so desperate to dump salary, why not ship off Metta World Artest? SOMEBODY would have taken him! (EDIT: Because the Lakers haven't used their amnesty. And now that Luke Walton's albatross of a contract is gone, they're now in prime position to amnesty Artest in the offseason, freeing up a ton of cap space in the process. This turned out to be a slick series of moves.)
The Sessions trade was a great one that offloaded the obscene Luke Walton contract. Had the Lakers stopped there, it would have been a great day. But they didn't. Sad face.
Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco... and here is your big surprise trade of the day involving Nene in a three teamer Click Here (bulletsforever.com)
(not positive it made it under the wire)
The Clippers have been having such a great season! Why would they ruin the chemistry by adding a ballhogging, shoot-first bonehead like Nick Young?
I'm even more baffled by Denver here. They dumped off a perfectly decent center for the Human Blooper Reel that is Javale McGee? What are they thinking? After getting put through the wringer by Carmelo last year, hasn't George Karl suffered enough?
I think Denver got scared of what Nene was becoming now that he got paid. Also they are now able to sign Wilson Chandler to the deal he wants Click Here (espn.go.com). A George Karl team isn't a George Karl team without one knucklehead, and Chandler is a total Karl type of player.
The Houston Rockets are finalizing a buyout with former Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher, according to a league source.
Fisher, 37, had played in 537 consecutive games prior to being dealt to the Rockets.
Fisher had made no public statements since his surprising trade from the franchise he'd won five championships with. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak admitted that he hadn't given Fisher or his representatives a heads up that a trade was in the works, and that he understood if he was "emotional" over the situation.
I wonder if Fish retires after this. I'm sure the Lakers would love to have him around as a coach to help keep Kobe in line.
Incidentally, the Heat won the game by the score of 105-100, which is a far more competitive game than I would have given the Spurs' reserves credit for achieving, given that the Heat played with their full team.