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A broken system could change NBA power structure

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:00 pm
by sports723
The NBA trade deadline is this time tomorrow afternoon and what happens in the next 24 hours can and will shape the outcome for not only this year, but years to come. We know this because it seems on a collision course for a stoppage in 2011. The owners and GMs can't get out of their own way and offer to much money to marginal players. Or too long of contracts to aging veterans. As a result, the majority of the trades that will happen are controlled by money, instead of improving for the present or the future. Stars and impact players will get traded for 40 cents on the dollar (that's being generous) because their original team found someone to take on a bad contract or has expiring ones. Deals that we are hearing involve perennial all-star Amare Stoudamire being traded to Cleveland for what amounts to JJ Hickson (a nice, young forward, but no all-star). The Suns would buy out Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Cleveland's 1st round pick won't hold much value. Other stars like Tracy McGrady will also be shopped around, because he can be a free agent next year and teams are trying to clear cap space for a run at a class of free agents that include: Wade, LeBron, Bosh, Joe Johnson, among others.

Ultimately, the teams that decide that they can take on salary, for a solid run at a title can and will have their pick of the litter at fleecing other teams in the next 24 hours. Money is the sole reason behind this inevitability and thats a real shame.