God Bless Isiah!
Note II: There is an error below in the salary figures. I am going to correct it in a new post.
It was tough choosing between that title and "There's a Sucker Born Every Minute."
Chad Ford is reporting the following:
New York Knicks get:
Phoenix 2005 1st round draft pick
Spurs 2006 1st round draft pick
San Antonio Spurs get:
The key player details:
Malik has a contract worth $19.7 million over the next three years.
Nazr has a contract worth $5.5 million next year.
Jamison Brewer is a free agent at the end of the season.
Unbelievable. The Spurs just cut $14.2 million in salary. They had to give up two first round draft picks, but considering they're Spurs and Suns picks, it is going to be at the bottom of the draft. Giving up the rights to the ~28th best player in the draft is no big deal in my book. The Spurs already have the rights to 4-5 players over seas-- they'll have little room on the roster in the coming years and this way they don't have to pay guaranteed money to a first round pick. In fact, I would bet the Spurs wanted to get rid of the pick. Also, the next CBA will likely contain an age limit of 20 years old. This means the next couple of drafts are going to be extremely weak; the next Dwight Howard will have to wait until 2007.
So, not only did the Spurs drop tons of salary, they got that extra big body in return. Nazr ain't no scrub folks. 11 PPG, 8 RPG and 1.0 BPG in only 28 MPG. That's a rebound rate of 13.7P48MIN which is good for 15TH in the entire league. And he shoots 51% from the field and 71% from the line. And he's 6'-10" and 250 AND he's only 27. AND he's only signed through next year.
He seems like a great fit for the Spurs... exactly what they needed. I simply cannot believe it. Isiah Thomas has proven, once and for all, that he's a colossal idiot and has absolutely no idea what he's doing.