A tangled Webb in the East

Updated: February 24, 2005, 12:17 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
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    The comatose NBA rumor mill just sat straight up from the operating table. With thunder and lightning reverberating in the background, someone just screamed "it's alive!"

    After weeks of dead ends and rumblings that nothing was happening, Wednesday night's Chris Webber blockbuster makes you believe anything is possible ... right?

    The trade, in which Sacramento sent Webber, Michael Bradley and Matt Barnes to the Sixers for Kenny Thomas, Corliss Williamson and Brian Skinner, materialized quickly, with the first serious call coming from the Sixers just before noon ET and the deal consummated about nine hours later.

    The deal should remind us that one man's untradable contract is another man's savior. Twenty four hours ago, moving the contract of either Webber or Thomas seemed like Mission Impossible. That they were traded for each other, with each side claiming victory, is all you need to know about how unpredictable the countdown to the trade deadline can be.

    The truth, as the Sixers and Kings have just reminded us, is that anything can still happen.

    Between the Webber and Vince Carter deals, you wonder how many more former All-Stars might be swapped for a six-pack and postcards.

    Here's what we're hearing as today's 3 p.m. ET deadline approaches.

    Chad Ford

    ESPN Senior Writer