This is pretty Wizards unrelated, but I am interested to see what all of you think of the big 4 team trade that just happened on a team by team basis. Here's my evaluation, feel free to post your own:
Received: Trevor Ariza
Evaluation: I don't really like this trade from New Orlean's perspective. Not only do I feel like they could have gotten much more for Collison and Posey, I think they should have done all they could to unload Peja as a package with Collison. I'll admit that getting rid of Stojakovic is substantially more difficult at this point because so few teams have the cap space, but Collison is going to be a great point guard in the future, and Posey, although he is on the decline, is still an excellent contributor off the bench. If Ariza was really the best the Hornets could get for Collison and Posey, then so be it, but I highly doubt that there wasn't anything better out there.
Traded: Courtney Lee
Received: Troy Murphy
Evaluation: Wow. This trade is really spectacular for New Jersey. I am somewhat shocked that such an inept organization made such a savvy move. Courtney Lee is a great young player with plenty of potential, but Troy Murphy is proven. Right now, Lee is a decent shooter and an average to below average rebounder. In his first year playing starter minutes, he put up a per36 stat line of 13, 4, and 2 with .482 effective shooting. Pretty mediocre. Unless he shows a marked improvement in the next few years, he's not a starter in the NBA. Murphy, on the other hand, was excellent last year. He had a per36 stat line of 16, 11, and 2 with .551 effective shooting. He is 29 and has only one year left on his contract, but he will be a great contributor and, if given the right minutes, will vastly improve New Jersey's win total next season. I am a bit confused as to where he'll fit in, considering the Nets have Derrick Favors and Brooke Lopez filling up the front-court, but hopefully the three big men will be used in the same way that enabled Los Angeles to give Gasol, Odom, and Bynum all starter minutes last year.
Traded: Trevor Ariza
Received: Courtney Lee
Evaluation: This was a surprisingly poor move on the part of Daryl Morey. Sure, Ariza did not live up to expectations last year, but he didn't have a terrible season. His shooting was uncharacteristically worse than past couple of seasons, as was his rebounding. It is true that the Rockets have plenty of talent at SF to make up for the lost minutes in Budinger, Battier, and Hill, but it's not worth losing Ariza if Lee is all that you get in return. I agree that the Rocket's don't need Ariza anymore, but they could get much more than Courtney Lee in return.
Traded: Troy Murphy
Received: Darren Collison, James Posey
Evaluation: Indiana got the point guard they desperately needed, but they gave up quite a bit for it. They eliminated their gaping hole at point guard by creating a gaping hole in their frontcourt. Of course, Murphy is only under contract for one more year, so this is a good move for the future, but it's safe to say that next year the Pacers are really going to suck. Collison is good, but he isn't going to make up for the wins Murphy contributed. Not by a long shot.
Overall, I would say the only real winner in this trade was New Jersey (hmmm, it feels really weird to put the words winner and New Jersey in the same sentence), and the only real loser was Houston (and even that is questionable). Indiana sacrificed a lot of wins next year for the future, but I don't really have a problem with that because they weren't going to be contenders anyway. Obviously, New Orleans is doing all they can to keep CP3, but I don't think this is enough. Once again, the best player in the NBA is going to be surrounded by a sub-par supporting cast.