By Marcus Thompson
Friday, February 22nd, 2008 at 8:23 pm in Uncategorized.
Some have criticized the Warriors for not making a move, especially with missing the postseason being such a real proposition.
But based on who was moved and what it took, it seems the Warriors’ brass was right to pass this time around. Apparently, the Grizzlies either wanted to much or didn’t want to move Mike Miller. Ditto for Ron Artest, Chris Wilcox and Charlie Villanueva. Anybody of value was being linked to a bad contract, kind of like when the mom makes the ugly sibling tag along on a date.
For the entire trade season — dating back to July 1, the start of the NBA season — teams just wanted more than what the Warriors had or was willing to part with.
Look what it took for Cleveland to get Ben Wallace.
San Antonio had to give up two expiring contracts for Kurt Thomas. Atlanta had to give up young talent (Shelden Williams was a No. 5 pick) for Bibby. The Mavericks gave up their future for Jason Kidd.
Around the trade deadline is when GMs turn into pawn brokers. Everybody’s trying to hustle. Everybody wants to come up. Kudos to the Warriors for not being so desperate that they fall victim, like the Cavaliers did. Aparrently, it would’ve taken Monta Ellis and an act of congress to get anybody worthwhile.