Four-Team, Five-Player Trade Official

by Ryne Nelson

The early rumors were correct: Trade winds are officially blowing in the NBA this week. Here’s how the blockbuster deal breaks down:

• Darren Collison and James Posey to the Pacers
• Troy Murphy to the Nets
• Trevor Ariza to the Hornets
• Courtney Lee to the Rockets

Collison will likely start for the Pacers. Murphy will likely do little but limit the development of rookie Derrick Favors in Jersey (what have the Nets done this summer?). Ariza gives the Hornets financial flexibility and a starter at SF who Chris Paul should be happy with. Lee saves the Rockets money this season and re-opens the starting SF spot for no-stat all-star Shane Battier. Posey’s contract expires in two years.