Deadline Day Analysis
By Kevin Loughery (as told to Rob Peterson)
At first glance, Earl Watson was the best player traded today. It looks like teams are more looking to dump salary and get into position for the future by clearing salary cap space, which is something the salary cap and these big contracts have caused.
It's strange, because it seems to make some teams worse immediately. That didn't happen too often in the past.
As a coach, you get chaos and there has to be some disappointment. No one wants to lose, and unless the coach has an agreement with his GM, the owner or the team president, I don't think any coach wants to make his team worse.
And I think it would be very difficult for a coach to motivate the team. The players get the feeling that some people may not be in it to win.
Also, it's not easy to incorporate new people. The games keep coming at you, three, four, five ... Though, I think this situation is easier for a younger team in which you have players trying to improve through playing. To do this to a veteran team would be a disaster.
Back to Watson. I think it's a very good pickup for Seattle. The Sonics needed a backup to Luke Ridnour, who will break down after too many minutes. Ridnour's not a 40 minute player, but the Sonics needed someone after Antonio Daniels left for Washington.
Cleveland made a nice move for Flip Murray. With Larry Hughes going down, the Cavaliers needed another scorer and they got one in Murray. He wasn't playing much in Seattle, but there were times he made the most of his minutes.
As for the rest, I was surprised to see some deals that weren't made. Here in Atlanta, there were Al Harrington trade rumors every day. I also thought the Nuggets might move Kenyon Martin, but I guess they couldn't find anyone to pick up those big contracts.
Pippen on Francis Deal
I am pretty much befuddled with what New York has done.
I am not a great fan of Steve Francis. He rubbed me the wrong way when he came into the league and demanded that Vancouver trade him. He just isn't the type of player that can make your team better or that can get you where you are trying to get to. He is very talented, but his skills are built around his individual success and not around the success of a team.
Any time you take on such a brilliant nickname as "Franchise," that name has to have some validity behind it and I don't think he has shown that he is a franchise player. It is not going to work for him even moving to New York.
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Don Casey on Francis Deal
It is going to take a lot of work between Stephon Marbury and Steve Francis to coexist on the basketball side. Larry Brown will lean with Francis at the point, as the main ball handler. I donít know how well this will sit with Stephon, because he likes to have the ball to penetrate and kick or score.
It will be a very interesting concept if these guys can coexist.
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