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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

You Be the GM, NBA-Style
Check out the Trade Machine at ESPN.com. With 2 days left till the NBA trading deadline, you can call up lists of players, check off who you'd ship out, and have automatically find out if your deal could work under NBA rules. Want to trade Allen Iverson to Orlando for Stevie Francis and Darko Milicic? Sorry, meets with a big rejection: "Darko Milicic cannot be traded in combination with another player." How about A.I. and Sam Dalembert to Minnesota for Kevin Garnett and Eddie Griffin? "Congratulations, your deal succeeded." Meaning it works under the salary cap, not that it's fair talent-wise. Consider swapping Kyle Korver, Kevin Ollie and the unable-to-play Jamal Mashburn for San Antonio superstar Tim Duncan: "This trade succeeded." We could only wish.


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