Friday, August 12, 2005

Cassell Shipped Off on UFO to Hollywood

Perennial All-Ugly member Sam Cassell was traded to the Clippers tonight along with a lottery-protected 1st Round Pick in a sign-and-trade deal that delivered Marko Jaric and Lionel Chalmers to the Wolves. An interesting deal for both sides-- the Clippers were going to lose Jaric anyways, and now they bring in a vet with a ton of Playoff experience that can really help push them into the post-season. Plus Cassell's contract is up after next season, so the Clippers can rely entirely on Livingston next year when he's better prepared to carry a team on his own.

For the Wolves, they eliminated the second cancer that essentially killed the team last season (Sprewell hasn't signed elsewhere yet, but there's no interest from other side), while bringing in a young, versatile point guard in Jaric who could potentially be a great fit alongside KG. The risk for Minnesota is with Jaric's health-- he hasn't been able to make it through a whole season yet, and the Wolves could have simply ate Alien Boy's contract and brought in a free agent next season. Here's my one qualm with the deal-- how the hell did Elgin Baylor...Elgin Baylor (!)...convince McHale to toss in Minnesota's 1st Round pick next season?! Makes me seriously question Big Kev's negotiation skills since this trade was a no-brainer for the Clips with or without the pick.

3 Comments:

At 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The answer is clear. Mchale is trying to get fired so he can join bird in indiana, and so people will forget that he ever was a gm. On the plus side, if the pick is lottery protected, the clips wont be getting it for a while. In fact, a short discussion of lottery protected picks could help explain the actual value of the pick. Using the Celtics owning of the Lakers' 1st rounder as an example:
Boston is owed a first-round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers. Top-14 protected in 2005, top-10 protected in 2006, top-3 protected in 2007, unprotected in 2008. Gary Payton trade.
If minnesota makes the playoffs the clips will earn a pick in the 18-20 range. Otherwise the pick will probably roll over until elton brand dies of natural causes.

 
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At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...the Wolves could have simply ate Alien Boy's contract..."

They also could have eaten it. ;)

 

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