On the eight-player trade last week in which the Pacers sent Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell to the Warriors in exchange for Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod:
"At first I wasn't sure what to think, other than that this was one of those deals in which each team is trying to get rid of its problems. But then I looked at the salaries and realized that the Warriors are saving $33 million over five years while unloading those big contracts that [G.M.] Chris Mullin regrets giving to Murphy and Dunleavy. Harrington (right) is going to give the Warriors the kind of versatile low-post scoring they've been seeking for a long time, and Jasikevicius will do much better playing in Don Nelson's up-tempo system than he did while slowing it down for Rick Carlisle. Put that together with the financial savings and the overall edge goes to Golden State—even if Jackson is sidelined later this year by his ongoing legal troubles."