Warriors-Pacers Trade Analysis: Golden State with edge
On Wednesday the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors completed an eight-player trade that delivered Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy, Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod to Indiana and sent Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell to Golden State.
The deal was made more for the sake of making a change than actually attempting to accomplish something.
At least the Warriors got out of some bad contracts, those of Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy, the two prime Warriors to not fit into Don Nelson's offense. Murphy has also been battling injury this season.
I say the Warriors won this trade. Because they got the best individual player involved in the deal, Al Harrington. And, they cleared over $30 million in future contract money owed.
The Pacers wanted to get rid of Jackson so badly, they were willing to take the short end of the trade, contract-wise.
Harrington, a versatile big forward, should fit into the Warriors scheme. Jackson can provide scoring punch. Jasikevicius is limited but has use as a backup combo guard. Powell probably won't get much run.
In Indiana, Troy Murphy may go back to doing what he did last year, using his shooting range for points and hitting the boards hard. His defensive skills are limited. But with Jermaine O'Neal around, all Murphy has to do on offense is make open shots, and defensively, with O'Neal blocking tons of shots, Murphy just has to be average, and make sure opponents don't get offensive rebounds. He can do that.
Dunleavy isn't a star. But he's a solid backup. And that's how he should be used.
Ike Diogu must always play extra hard to overcome his lack of height. He tries to do that. Tough to say he'll get many minutes.
This trade could help both teams, but I give the edge to Golden State. And in general, both of these teams are stuck in the middle of the pack and have many more moves to make if they want to go deep into the playoffs and even think of competing for a championship.
Jeff Lenchiner is the editor of InsideHoops.com