Jerry Stackhouse made an interesting statement today when he was asked about the emotional roller coaster of the trade deadline and about the difficulties of being traded.
Stackhouse started talking about players who ask to be traded and suggested that players who have rendered their services for a long time to one team should have the benefit of the team trying to trade them where they want, such as New Jersey should trade Jason Kidd where he would most like to play or where he has the greatest chance of winning.
So Stackhouse brought up Shawn Marion, a longtime Sun who was traded to suddenly downtrodden Miami for Shaquille O'Neal yesterday.
Here's what Stack had to say: "For all that Shawn Marion did for Phoenix over the last, he was there pretty much his whole career, to send him to Miami, I think that's kind of shady. But, I think if you're doing it like maybe New Jersey and Jason Kidd, they're trying to fulfill his wishes, trying to get him to a place he wants to go. And I think when you go about the right way and continue to be professional day-to-day, relationships mean more than just basketball. Here, with the brass that we have, they take that into account to."
I'm not so sure the Nets and Rod Thorn and trying to placate Jason Kidd and send him to his most desired destination. I think they're trying to get the best deal for their disgruntled point guard.
But, interesting take indeed.
-- Jeff Caplan