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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Rate the Warriors' Latest Panic Trade

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 8:59 AM

click to enlarge Another lump of coal in the Warriors' stocking
  • Another lump of coal in the Warriors' stocking
Yesterday's unloading of malcontent guard Stephen Jackson was the latest installment of a longtime Golden State Warriors tradition: Sending talented and disgruntled stars out of town for mere cents on the dollar. But how bad was it compared to the team's historical ineptitude in the field of roster management? Here's our take.

2009: Stephen Jackson sent to Charlotte for Raja Bell (old) and Vlad Radmanovic (The Adam Keefe of the Balkans). For the Warriors, the man known as "Captain Jack" had rapidly morphed into Captain Queeg. Does it show a level of poor management befitting a government bailout when the man you recently signed to a $28 million extension and anointed team captain turns mutineer? One could make the argument. Yet, on the other hand, this effectively serves as a salary dump (both the incoming stiffs' contracts are soon up). And, on the bright side, at least Jackson didn't race into the stands and beat the fans as he did while playing for Indiana. Here in Golden State, abusing the fans is a job reserved for team management.

Our rating in terms of being a "good bad trade": Two Gugliottas --
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NOTE: This article was written before it was revealed that Bell may miss the entire year with an injury. That knocks at least a half a Goog off our rating. C'est la vie. Warriors fans know that all too well.

1999: The most memorable of the Warriors' forced trades was the exile of Latrell Sprewell. In the NBA, you don't go to jail for choking your boss. You keep earning your salary and get sent to the largest and most lucrative media market in the world. Spree was sent to the New York Knicks for Chris Mills, John Starks, and Terry Cummings (a player so old he actually suited up for the San Diego Clippers -- and yet he still threw Karl Malone all over the court that year and later responded to the Mailman's whining by calling Malone "a big baby.")

Considering how horrible the Warriors' position was, this was actually a remarkably decent haul; the team would likely have been pleased to come away with three magic beans.

Rating: Three Googs

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1997: Chris Mullin traded to Indiana for Erick Dampier and Duane Ferrall. To Mullin's credit, he never openly advocated for a trade. But it was obvious the team wanted to dump him/send him to a contender. All things considered, it wasn't bad for a patented 10 cents on the dollar Warriors trade. Erick Dampier may have missed his true calling as an actor in an X-Men movie, but he wasn't a bad defensive center at all.

Rating: Four Googs
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1996: Sometimes you just put things out of your mind. If memory serves, the Warriors unloaded Tim Hardaway to apease Latrell Sprewell. Well, that certainly worked out for the best. But, truly, I can't remember. I'm not sure I want to. But when the team sent Hardaway -- as well as the scintillating Chris Gatling -- to Miami, it didn't get much back. In return, Golden State obtained Bimbo Coles -- most notable for being nicknamed "Bimbo" -- and Kevin Willis -- a man nearly seven feet tall with hands so small he needs to use both of them to drink out of a beer bottle. Watching that would have been more fun than sitting in the Oakland Coliseum Arena, let me assure you.

Rating: One-and-a-half Googs

1994: The Warriors are a team with many more bad memories than good, but the team's lenghiest cold spell started here -- when rookie savant Chris Webber demanded his way off the team, forcing a ghastly trade to the Washington Bullets for Tom Gugliotta. Team owner Chris Cohan punctuated the trade by promising Warriors fans would "Go Ga-Ga for Goo-Goo." Well, that settled it.

"Goo-Goo" lasted 40 games with the Warriors before he was packed off to Minnesota for Donyell Marshall and the pick that would become Antawn Jamison. Marshall was later exchanged for Danny Fortson, who, along with Jamison, was subsequently traded for Evan Eschmeyer, Avery Johnson, Popeye Jones, Antoine Rigadeau, and Nick Van Exel. So, that's what the Warriors made out of two overall No. 1 picks in the NBA draft -- including Webber, the player that could have formed the nucleus of a Warriors dynasty with Spree, Mully, and Timmy.

Rating: Half a Goog

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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