30 December 2007

More thoughts on the Korver trade

A friend on mine who lives in Delaware expressed concern that the Korver trade would cause the Sixers to suck even further.

I read an alternate view this morning, but I can't remember where I read it and I can't find it again. So if I'm plagiarizing someone, let me know and I'll correctly attribute these thoughts.

The Sixers are definitely rebuilding around Andre Iguodala and Samuel Dalembert. They'll most likely ship Andre Miller this summer as part of a process to free up cap space, which is also the reason they moved Korver. He was under contract for at least two more seasons at $5 million a year, and Giricek's $4 million contract expires at the end of the 2007/08 season.

So this leaves the Sixers with a lot of cap space for the summer of 2008; they should be able to shop around for a star player to help the team. As good as Iggy is, he is not the kind of guy who can carry a team all by himself.

The lesson here is that both teams benefited from the trade, it's just that the Jazz got some help now, while Philly managed to help themselves in the long run.

We'll see which team improved itself most over the next few years.

And for Jazz fans, here's a highlight reel of Korver. His quick release makes for an effective catch-and-shoot. I'm excited to see him hit a few 3's for Utah.


Jimmy said...

Woohoo! That's TWO blog-nods now! But on topic, I remember a few years ago (I think I was in 6th or 7th grade...) the Sixers were in the NBA finals. This was back in the good ol' days with AI and Mutumbo. Anyway it was all anyone would talk about for a few weeks, then they got trounced by the Lakers. And then no one really talked about the Sixers for a few years. Then there was a lot of buzz when Iverson was traded to Denver. But since that trouncing by the Lakers, the Sixers have been relegated to the same low tier as the Flyers in Philly sports fandom. People pretend they don't exist and just brag about the Eagles and Phillies, who are also both generally mid-grade.

Tangentlicious: Today in Elder's quorum we were talking about how sports teams don't get renamed when they move, so the Lakers are still named for Minnesota and the Jazz for New Orleans. We officially renamed them the Smog and the Brethren, respectively.

The Village of Randomity said...

Holy crap. His release is just so smooth and he makes it from anywhere on the court. I'm excited