NEW YORK, December 30, 2003 â€“ New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations Isiah Thomas announced today that guard Moochie Norris and forward/center John Amaechi have been acquired for forward Clarence Weatherspoon. Per NBA rules, the trade is contingent on all players passing their physicals. Michael Doleac has been placed on the Injured List with lower back spasms and Michael Sweetney has been placed on the Injured List with left patella tendinitis.
Guess what? Isiah's first move as president of the NYKs...he was also betting to sign Leon Smith too, but this is his first official move--not a bad one, too, but now New York's loaded with all these point guards--Howard Eisley (the starter--or most capable starter), Frank Williams (playing well as of late), Charlie Ward (teamwork, heart, and energy makes him good trade bait even w/ bloated contract) and now Moochie Norris, who most likely won't be traded now that he's gotten. Moochie's not a bad point guard but if anything I wouldn't rate him higher than a Howard Eisley in terms of filling the stat sheet. What was Isiah doing anyway?...now instead of getting all these PFs, he's gotten into himself a whole mass of point guards. He needs to realize that his team needs shooters, shooting guards, and now that Mo Pete's off the block for Toronto, that's hard to accomplish. He could try getting Ronald Murray or Brent Barry from Seattle, they're loaded with SGs, or Rodney White from Denver instead. Although Denver doesn't need a PG nor has no intent to trade Rodney now that Jon Barry's on the IR.
How about Charlie Ward for Ronald Murray and Vitaly Potapenko? That helps Seattle get rid of Potapenko's bloated contract and helps give more leeway for Ray Allen to do the scoring. Not only that, Charlie has a lucrative contract so that he can get out of Seattle's hands next season, saving them 20 million dollars in cap room for next season. That may put more trouble into Isiah's hands, since now he's got Vitaly's stupid contract plus its remaining years, but Ronald Murray should be a productive scorer for them. The trade works, too....
Seattle trades: PG Ronald Murray (17.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.2 apg in 31.1 minutes)
C Vitaly Potapenko (2.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.5 apg in 11.7 minutes)
Seattle receives: PG Charlie Ward (8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.8 apg in 23.4 minutes)
Change in team outlook: -11.9 ppg, -2.8 rpg, and +1.1 apg.
New York trades: PG Charlie Ward (8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.8 apg in 23.4 minutes)
New York receives: PG Ronald Murray (17.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.2 apg in 28 games)
C Vitaly Potapenko (2.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.5 apg in 17 games)
Change in team outlook: +11.9 ppg, +2.8 rpg, and -1.1 apg.
Due to Seattle and New York being over the cap, the 15% trade rule is invoked. Seattle and New York had to be no more than 115% plus $100,000 of the salary given out for the trade to be accepted, which did happen here. This trade satisfies the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
and as for John Amaechi he was in the trade to match the salary requirements. I don't think that it was much of a good move for Houston either because now that they have no decent PG to back up Franchise, who hogs up most of the minutes anyway, that may stir up a problem in the future, as of only having the unproven Mike Wilks. Moochie may have his time to shine in New York, hopefully, and Clarence Weatherspoon, being undersized, might get some playing time behind Jim Jackson and Maurice Taylor.