An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you ef you don't watch out!
As you, informed follower of the National Basketball Association, surely already know, the biggest trade of 2007 has the Pacers of Indiana sending S-Jax, Al Harrington, S-Jas, and Shoals favorite Josh Powell to the Golden State in exchange for T-Murph, Ike Diogu, and Junior. Although one (I'm looking at you, Dr. LIC) might initially think this trade makes no sense, it actually benefits both teams quite a bit. For the Warriors, the emergence of Andris Biedrins has made Murphy and Diogu (and Adonal Foyle, for that matter) expendable, and Mullins must be very happy to finally get that ill-advised Murphy contract off his books. Getting rid of the similarly overpaid Dunleavy, who has been whatever word is the exact opposite of "fan favorite" in Oakland, must also have led Ol' Flat Top to spark up a stogie or whatever other means of celebration he so chose.
The most important player the Warriors get in return is Harrington, who is the perfect 4-man for a Nellie team. One man's tweener is another man's gold. Meanwhile, Monta and Matt Barnes have been holding down the wing spots admirably, but S-Jax provides much needed depth, as the team is still waiting for J-Rich to get healthy. I personally never thought Jasikevicius would do much in the NBA, but he's got experience and a wet jumper, and that's not too bad for a throw-in. I don't really know what Powell gives you, but Nellie must like him since he had him in Dallas.
But, more notable is what the Pacers get out of this deal. As the suspensions handed down to Melo et al. so inexorably proved, the Brawl still casts a mighty shadow over the NBA, especially in Middle America, where the people have long memories and nothing to do. With this trade, Indiana finally rids itself of the man who so eagerly joined Artest in his fan-punching rampage and who infamously licked shots in a strip club parking lot. From the Warriors, the Pacers get two--well, I'll just come out and say it--they get two white guys. I hate to disabuse anyone of the notion that America is not a colorblind society, but there are certain places in this nation (and I posit that Indianapolis is one of them) where race still matters. Many fans there would rather pay to watch some hard-workers like Murphy and Dunleavy than some thugs with guns. Hey, you don't have to believe me if you don't want to.