The basketball pundits are having their say on Wednesday's big four-team, five player deal, and they mostly think it was a big win for the Nets...and for some of the team's players, both old and new.
Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports gushes, "It turns out that [Billy] King, the much-beleaguered former 76ers boss, actually ran out of the gate with a fantastic move for his new team." Dwyer likes the deal for a lot of reasons: Troy Murphy's expiring contract is one but he also likes the way the 6'11" forward fits into Avery Johnson's system. "Stick this guy in a pick-and-roll game with Devin Harris? With a coach that doesn't mind a big power forward launching from deep? Sounds too good to be true."
Bradford Doolittle of Basketball Prospectus is similarly optimistic: "First, [Murphy] will give new coach Avery Johnson a floor-spacing big man to deploy alongside center Brook Lopez, a role Yi Jianlian was unable to hold down last season. Murphy's presence also means that Johnson won't have to rush raw rookie Derrick Favors into a role that he's not ready for."
Alex Raskin of HoopsWorld thinks with the trade, the Nets have a lot more weapons: "With Murphy and Travis Outlaw spreading the floor, and Terrence Williams and Harris penetrating from the perimeter, Brook Lopez should have his best year as a professional."
- A look at each side of the Hornets/Rockets/Nets/Pacers deal - Kelly Dwyer - Yahoo! Sports
- Transaction Analysis: Seven players, five teams, two trades - Bradford Doolittle - Basketball Prospectus
Grading The Deal: Four-Team Trade Wakes NBA From Hibernation - Andrew Perna - RealGM
- Ranking the Atlantic Division - Alex Raskin - HoopsWorld
- TrueHoop round-table on Houston Rockets trade of Trevor Ariza - Rahat Huq - True Hoop
- A Pacers' Fan Says Farewell To Troy Murphy - Levy2725 - Indy Cornrows
NBA At 2: Murphy's Law In NJ? - Bill Ingram - HoopsWorld