|Deseret Morning News, Wednesday, August 03, 2005 Too many fingers in trade pie By Linda Hamilton |
Deseret Morning News The NBA moratorium was lifted Tuesday morning, but it took another 11 hours before the Utah Jazz knew for sure that their trade plans that started a couple of weeks ago would finally come to fruition.
They could finally talk publicly about their proposed trade that would bring Greg Ostertag back to Salt Lake City and send unhappy guard Kirk Snyder and the oft-injured Raul Lopez and Curtis Borchardt to other cities.
But due to the new NBA collective bargaining agreement that requires all trades be approved by the league via conference call with all teams involved, the Jazz had to sit around the office all day and much of the evening awaiting NBA approval of the deal that became complicated Monday when three other teams wanted a piece of what had been a three-team deal.
"These additional fingers in the pie are going to muck it up," said Jazz president Dennis Haslam at a noon Tuesday media function at the Delta Center.
It became two trades, one between Sacramento and Memphis that was the first one approved Tuesday, and another five-team swap that became the biggest in NBA history, involving 13 players. The previous record was four teams and 12 players in 2000.