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The Murphleavy Trade in (2+ Years of) Hindsight

In January 2007, the Warriors shipped Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod in exchange for Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Josh Powell and Sarunas Jasikevicius.

The Pacers still have Murphy and Dunleavy. Both are starters.The Warriors have … Vladimir Radmanovic, injured Raja Bell and absent Speedy Claxton.

But, Golden State did get a historic playoff run and a 48-win season out of the pair, and they freed themselves from Murphleavy’s contracts. And the Pacers haven’t won more than 36 games since the trade. Still, the Pacers have solid veterans to bank on (at least when Dunleavy’s healthy), haven’t had nearly as much drama and turmoil, and they appear to be closer to turning things around than the Warriors.

So, looking back on that deal, who got the better end of the trade? Was renting Harrington and Jackson worth it in the long haul?

Marcus Thompson