Why the Webber trade makes sense
Saturday night, however, Sacramento GM Geoff Petrie's reputation as a shrewd mover might have been reaffirmed after the Kings' 101-99 victory at Philadelphia.
You might think the Webber deal was a salary dump, but that wasn't the case. Webber is owed nearly $62 million over the next three seasons, while the Kings' new trio will receive a similar amount. Sure, the Kings will have $6 million more to play with in 2007, when Williamson's contract expires, but that's a small benefit that's way off in the future. It hardly seems worth trading a star forward merely for that.
So, why in heaven's name would the Kings do this? Kings GM Geoff Petrie is the best in the business, so there has to be a reason here ... um, right?
Fear not, Kings fans. From Sacramento's end, I can come up with three legitimate reasons for consummating this deal: defense, depth and Peja Stojakovic. If you add up the advantages, the deal no longer looks so one-sided. Let's run through each: