I think the Lopez inclusion required a S&T didn't it? That's what was keeping ORL away from Brooklyn's deal.
What got me was that WE were rumored to interested in giving Lopez that same deal (as well as POR). That's with Cho and his database. You'd think he and Biz would be a good pairing (assuming Biz gets to the 12 rpg range), but I'm with Chef...would really be concerned getting Lopez on that kind of deal.
but again, i absolutely agree with you on the rumored houston deal. i would have taken that deal straight up in a two teamer if a 3rd team never presented itself.
Even after this deal, I like the thunder's chances in the west next season more than the Lakers. Kobe is getting older by the second and Nash is already ancient. Also we'll need to see if Howard, Pau, Nash and Kobe can work from a team chemistry perspective.
One ramification of the Dwight trade is that next season it will get him out of the east which will make it a little easier for the Pistons to slide into the playoffs allowing us to use their first round pick in next year's draft.
Helps the Cats out...the East got weaker:
Howard + Iggy > Bynum & Picks
On another note....
The 2008 USA Basketball's gold medal winning team, 75% of that team is now on the roster in only 3 major markets LA, NY and Miami (includes Clippers and Nets). Great work David Stern!
If I'm Orlando I just don't see how this trade really benefits me, you have the biggest trade piece in the NBA, and you can't land cap relief or a single proven all-star to build the team around? Not one?
I like the trade for Orlando. They got an entire new team and 3 draft picks for someone who would walk next year anyway. They may not have gotten the best team possible for next year, but they're now, just like the bobcats in rebuilding mode.