NBA silly season crazier than ever

Updated: June 23, 2004, 4:01 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
Let's get this straight.

This week we've learned that All-Star swingman Tracy McGrady might be swapped for All-Star point guard Steve Francis. All-Star center Shaquille O'Neal might be shipped to Dallas for All-Star power forward Dirk Nowitzki and former All-Star power forward Antoine Walker. All-Star shooting guard Kobe Bryant is becoming a free agent and is a hot commodity, even though there's a chance his next long-term deal could be in prison.

The NBA expansion draft is Tuesday night, and a flurry of trades are expected to come shortly thereafter. We've already seen a trade of two of the top four picks in the NBA draft with talk of more on the way.

We're just waiting for Tim Duncan to fax in his retirement papers.

The NBA silly season is in full swing. Can anyone remember a time when more elements have been in motion at the same time? Here's the latest on what's shaping up as the NBA's perfect storm.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer