Just got the news from my Twitter friends and ESPN: Jeff Foster is out for the year. Yes yes, sometimes this guy plays in the most clueless way, but he was important for this season. According to JAM05028 of Twitter, he found out that the Nuggets would even trade Ty Lawson for Jeff Foster. Although I don’t see that happening, I can see some good coming out of Jeff Foster going to Denver.
Now this probably leans the Pacers more to trading Troy Murphy, who is still in talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers as of now. Jeff Foster looks to have surgery on his badly injured back. But if Jeff Foster gets surgery now, he may rebound to come to start of the 2010-11 season. Here are some details from Jared Wade of Eight Points, Nine Seconds:
And regardless, he will be an expiring contract that should be movable in a Matt Harpring way at the very worst.
UPDATE: Here are the details on the Harpring deal.
By sending injured Matt Harpring’s expiring $6.5 million contract to Oklahoma City along with Maynor, who makes $1.32 million, for the draft rights to Peter Fehse (who likely never will play in the NBA), the Jazz saved $7.82 million in luxury tax for the season.
Had the Jazz not made the deal, the team would have paid a total of about $13 million for the salaries and luxury tax for Harpring and Maynor, which includes getting back about $2.6 million insurance on Harpring, out for the rest of the season.
By making the deal, the Jazz only is responsible for approximately $2.7 already paid to Harpring and Maynor and the amount paid for a 13th player the team must add to fill out the roster, With that player likely to make about $500,000 the rest of the season, which is the pro-rated sum of the $825,497 minimum, and then adding the luxury tax on the player, that’s about $1.3 million. Subtract $4 million from $13 million and the Jazz save about $9 million.
This could work out for Foster, but I kind of doubt it. This season has been really crappy, thank god there are about 40 games left. The 2010 season better make up for all of this. But anyways, I think it’s time to trade Murphy maybe. We could get some good out of it. Daniel Gibson, JaMario Moon? I don’t know, but if they don’t do anything by February 18th, bye bye trades!
So, how about them Pacers, eh?
UPDATE: Foster also could’ve been a Trailblazer as well.