Trade review? Win-win-win
Yes, Cuttino Mobley is with his third team in less than a year. Let's evaluate the trades made by those three teams.
- Editor's Note The Kings and Magic completed a trade on Jan. 10 that sent guard Cuttino Mobley and reserve Michael Bradley to Sacramento in exchange for guard Doug Christie.
Last June, the Magic and Rockets engaged in a seven-player deal that featured Tracy McGrady (to Houston) and Steve Francis and Mobley (to Orlando). ESPN Insider George Karl, a former NBA head coach, analyzes those blockbuster trades that have the Magic as their nexus.
I'll play coach for these three franchises.
First, let's consider the Kings (27-11), who have been close to the top of the Western Conference for half a dozen years. Management realizes the team is getting older, and most observers are saying they don't have enough to stay at that level.The Cuttino Mobley trade gives them a young guy who's a better player than Doug Christie. A defensive role player, the 34-year-old Christie is approaching the end of his career. And the truth is that Mobley, 29, might be as good as Christie defensively (or better).GettyIn less than a year, Cuttino Mobley (3) has moved from Houston to Orlando to Sacramento ... and he's found a new friend in Chris Webber.
The Kings want to stay at the top of the mountain and maintain their role as a contender. The Mobley trade means they have a better and younger player than Christie. Mobley will be a free agent at the end of the season, so the Kings should have more than 40 games to observe him and make a decision about whether they want him long-term.
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