(Oh, and I want to make sure everyone is comfortable with me calling this The Trade. Because of who's coming in return, I seriously believe this is bigger than the Webber trade. So this is The Trade, and the Webber deal is The Webber Trade. Glad we've got that handled.)
The best argument I've heard so far comes from ESPN Insider/statgeek hero John Hollinger:
That's why when it comes down to it, Sacramento got the better end of this deal. The Western team essentially waited out the Pacers to get a star-caliber talent for a player they probably were going to lose anyway. This deal involves calculated risks by both sides, and the range of possible outcomes is all over the map. But in terms of probability, you have to like the odds better from Sacramento's end than from Indiana's.
(This was obviously written yesterday; the Kings are 17-24, seven games under.)
I just want to throw that out again: Bibby/Artest/Abdur-Rahim/Miller. Those guys are all signed for two more seasons at least. It may take until next season to get it together, but as long things don't blow up, there's time for a run.
When Bonzi Wells comes back, this is going to be a scary-aggressive team. If Bonzi can't be re-signed, you still have Kevin Martin, Francisco Garcia or a mid-level exception player for the starting two. I'm not feeling bad about that. At all.
For this season? Once Reef is OK to start again, I'd like to see one of the Philly pieces dealt for a serviceable back-up center. I'm not expecting a Marcus Camby or even a Chris Mihm. But something more reliable than Jamal Sampson.
All I know? It is on.