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FORT LAUDERDALE _ There is the Pat Riley perspective, and then there is the NBA perspective.
Last week, the two clashed. As the Heat coach fiddled idly by, the league's transaction wire burned, a volley of trades altering a multitude of rosters.
"The worst time to do a trade is on draft day, because the emotions are too high," Riley said.
Draft day. The day before. The day after. It seemingly didn't matter to the rest of the league.
With a transaction moratorium in place until the July 18 start to the free-agent signing period, there is time to reflect on last week's personnel moves.
The trade: The Nets send point guard Stephon Marbury, forward Johnny Newman and center Soumaila Samake to the Suns for guard Jason Kidd and center Chris Dudley.
The skinny: These were teams looking for change, although it is surprising that the 51-31 Suns displayed the same type of anxiety as the 26-56 Nets. With Marbury, it was obvious New Jersey was fed up with the attitude. With Kidd, it was apparent the Suns were seeking something new to sell to an increasingly indifferent fan base.
The scrutiny: While Kidd is the quintessential point guard, a triple-double threat on almost a nightly basis, Marbury may be the closest thing the rest of the NBA has to Allen Iverson. Marbury can win games on his own (even though he hasn't won many in recent years); Kidd needs help. Players in Phoenix could tire of Marbury's selfish approach; Kidd could find himself without quality options worth passing to in New Jersey. This is a perplexing deal _ Marbury is an East Coast guy, Kidd a West Coast guy. Both appeared better fits where they were.
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