Philadelphia were the lucky recipients of Chris Webber and his 21.3 PPG, 9.7 and 5.5 assists Wednesday night, along with reserve forwards Matt Barnes and Michael Bradley. In exchange, Sacramento received the disgruntled F Kenny Thomas, free agent flop Brian Skinner and Razorback Corliss Wiliamson, along with $62 million in relief from the last 3 years of Webber’s deal.
It would be safe to say that Allen Iverson has never been paired with a player of Webber’s pedigree. It would be equally easy to claim that Philly gave up relatively little to get the gimpy, 31 year old 5-time All-Star, other than the obligation to cover Webber’s future paychecks. That Sacramento would so gladly give up one of the franchise’s signature players speaks volumes about Webber’s otherwise immoveable contract, if not Geoff Petrie’s confidence that the Kings have enough weapons to contend without the Fab Five’s most famous member.