Who says the NBA news stopped in the offseason with LeBron James' Decision?
Today, ESPN sources reported that the New Orleans Hornets, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, and New Jersey Nets were in advanced discussion about a four-team, five-player trade.
If the trade goes through as reported, the Rockets will send Trevor Ariza to the Hornets; the Hornets will ship Darren Collison and James Posey to the Pacers; the Pacers will send Troy Murphy (and his expiring contract) to the Nets; and the Nets ship Courtney Lee to the Rockets.
Once you get over the sticker shock of seeing a four-team trade that's actually close to happening, you begin to realize that a few of the teams involved may have pulled a fast one on the others.
Let's break down the winners and losers of the four-team deal.