“Marcus, with all the fantasy trade talk and scenarios appearing in various blogs, is there any conventional understanding about trading within one’s own division or conference? For instance, folks talk about Reggie Evans of the Nuggets or even Arrest (I meant Artest) from Sacto? Assuming one of these players made sense to us, what consideration is given to giving our talent to a division or conference rival?” – commish
I think teams are genuinely weary of trading within the division. The goal of every team is to win a division, so strengthening foes is hardly ever an option. It would have to be a rare circumstance.
Last offseason, there was one inter-division trade: Kirk Snyder going from the Hornets to the Rockets. Before the trade deadline, Memphis traded Scott Padgett to the Rockets for Tsakalidis.
I have a hard time believing the Suns would help someone else win the Pacific by trading Marion to the Warriors or the Lakers.