Originally Posted by gts
not sure how you justify not taking kidd or JO because they are older and injury prone but willing to take on a time bomb in artest? of the three he's the one i would trust the least to make it through a season without something happening...at least with kidd and JO you're limited to injuries taking them out of the game, artest has had back problems and is a fruitcake to boot....
Thanks for the post gts.
Ron Artest is willing to take on because he has entertainment value as well as being one of the best players in his position. Most teams shy away from Ron Artest because of his attitude and antics, but the Los Angeles Lakers have to take that risk. If Ron Artest misbehaves, he can be traded and you won't only trade him, but his contract as well.
On the other hand, if you bring in an injury prone Jermaine O'Neal and/or Jason Kidd and they get injured and they waived because they can't contribute and take roster space like Brian Grant did, they won't be able to get traded, they'd get waived to clear roster space, but they can't waive their contract. Their contract is still on the books.
A player can change his attitude and can be traded (with his contract) if need be. However, if a player is injured, and it is determined that he needs to be waived because his injury wouldn't allow him back for a long period of time to make room on the roster, then the player is waived, but the contract is still on the books until it expires.
Ask the Philadelphia 76ers fans or management how they feel about still paying Aaron McKie's $7,000,000 salary for the 2007-2008 season making it harder for them to sign anybody significant (They can still use the Mid-Level Exception, Low-Level Exception, and/or Veteran's Minimun, but still key free agents want a lot of money).
Ask the New York Knicks fans or management how they felt still having Allan Houston's almost $20,000,000 salary on the books last season or a couple of seasons ago when he wasn't even on the roster.
Brian Grant's nearly $15,000,000 salary a few seasons ago was the reason why the Los Angeles Lakers couldn't sign anybody significant because his contract was still on the books making it hard to sign anybody. (They can still use the Mid-Level Exception, Low-Level Exception, and/or Veteran's Minimun, but still key free agents want a lot of money).
Ask the Dallas Mavericks fans or management how they feel still assuming Shawn Bradley's $5,200,000 salary for the 2007-2008 season. His contract is still on the books (making it harder to sign somebody significant) but he's off the roster. (They can still use the Mid-Level Exception, Low-Level Exception, and/or Veteran's Minimun, but still key free agents want a lot of money).
When talking about Jermaine O'Neal and/or Jason Kidd, you need to take their health into serious consideration.
I'd rather take Ron Artest than Jermaine O'Neal and/or Jason Kidd right now if all the other trades I proposed would go through.