Oh also didn't mention it but love this deal for the Pacers. Getting a possible all-star quality 2nd year point guard for Murph is a lot better than that trash the Cavs were offering last year.
I have a few questions about the Pacers though - Who is the Pacers starting shooting guard? I like what I've heard about George but can he even play the 2? Has Brandon Rush improved at all since he's been in the league?
EDIT - Forgot about Lance Stephenson, I hear the Pacers were impressed with him at summer league but they don't think he can start this year do they?
Houston did the trade to relieve themselves on some Salary Cap. If you read the link I posted after resigningKyle Lowry and Luis Scola and then signing Brad Miller they were 8mil over the luxury tax. This move for them was to shed a contract.
Indy definitely got better with this move. I think it makes sense for the Nets too. It suprises me that people thought Favors would start and play major minutes this year when most of the experts considered him more of a project type of guy who needs a year or two before being an impact type player. I think getting Murphy in there gives them someone solid next to Lopez and really solidifies their front line. Houston loses out talent wise on this but I guess they save the money they want. I think the Hornets were trying to show Paul they were committed to him somewhat. Besides they also got a guy who will come in and be a starter rather than a 6th man too. I like the trade for them. There was no reason to have both Collison and Paul on that roster.