And the Heat officially go from Eastern Conference favorites in ’05/06 to…well, even bigger favorites in the East. From the AP :
In the largest trade in NBA history, Antoine Walker (above) was dealt from Boston to Miami on Tuesday night in a transaction involving five teams and 13 players.
The Heat also acquired point guard Jason Williams and small forward James Posey from Memphis, while the Grizzlies received guard Eddie Jones from the Heat. The New Orleans Hornets and Utah Jazz were also involved in the deal.
Miami also received Andre Emmett from Memphis and the draft rights to Roberto Duenas of Spain from the Hornets; Utah received Greg Ostertag from Memphis; Boston picked up Curtis Borchardt from Utah and a package — Qyntel Woods, the draft rights to Spanish center Albert Miralles, two second-round draft picks and cash — from Miami; New Orleans acquired Rasual Butler from Miami and Kirk Snyder from Utah; and the Grizzlies received guard Raul Lopez from the Jazz.
No worries, Knicks fans. By the time the nucleus of this Miami team is disbanded, you’ll have already murdered James Dolan. That is, unless the Rangers rooters get to him first. Larry Brown will have long since moved on to his real dream job, coaching the NBA’s Vegas expansion franchise.