Marty Burns
Thursday January 20th, 2005

Trade Analysis: Mobley, Bradley traded for Christie
KINGS GET:
Cuttino Mobley -- PG
Michael Bradley -- PF
MAGIC GET:
Doug Christie -- SG
'04-05 G PPG RPG APG SPG FG% FT%
Mobley 2316.02.71.81.043.279.7
Bradley 80.81.8.30.1342.90.0
'04-05 G PPG RPG APG SPG FG% FT%
Christie 317.34.04.91.440.789.3
WHY THE KINGS MADE THE DEALWHY THE MAGIC MADE THE DEAL
They needed some scoring punch in the backcourt, particularly since Bobby Jackson is out for the season with a injury.

Mobley can put the ball in the basket, and his ability to break down defenders off the dribble will provide a much-needed dimension to the Kings' attack.

Sacramento will miss Christie's defense and solid all-around play, but the 34-year-old's best years are behind him. The Kings also might have been concerned about Christie's poor 3-point shooting (25.6 percent) this season.

As an added bonus, Sacramento saves a little money on the deal since Christie is owed $8.2 million on the final year of his contract next season while Mobley is due to make $6.4 million. And the Kings may save even that if Mobley chooses to exercise an clause he has in his contract to opt out of his deal after the season.

Have you seen their defense lately?

Christie turns 35 in May, but he's a smart, lanky defender who knows how to stay in front of his man and loves to raid passing lanes for steals. He should provide a much-needed upgrade to a Magic defense that has been a sieve of late.

Christie's passing skills, meanwhile, should fit in nicely on a Magic squad that already has enough guys who like to score. Mobley, as popular as he was in the locker room, sometimes rankled teammates with his shoot-first mentality. Christie also brings added playoff experience and greater versatility.

Orlando now can play Steve Francis more at shooting guard, with Jameer Nelson at the point.
 

THE BOTTOM LINE by SI.com's Marty Burns
This trade probably won't make much difference in the long run.

The Kings obviously felt they couldn't pass up a chance to get a young scorer such as Mobley for a player on his way out. But Sacramento's starters have trouble staying in front of their men, and they could miss Christie's help defense more than they think.

As for the Magic, it's understandable that they want to improve their porous D. But Christie has to remain healthy, no certainty at his age.

Financially, the deal is a wash since both players have one more year on their current deals. But if Christie can't play up to his standards, his $8.2 million salary will be hard to swallow.


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