I try to follow NBA as much as i can, which, being in London, basically means Internet and live game once a week on TV (Five or Sky Sports).
Anyway, one thing i have never fully got to grips with was the trade system in the NBA. I understand most things when it comes to trades, but would appreciate if someone can explain certain technicalities:
1) When teams are trying to work out the trade, they put various players together in the package to meet other team's requirements and salary caps. But it seems to me that the players are just like a commodity for the teams and not being consulted with. Can a player veto or decline the move, therefore break the potential trade? (Example: Antonio Davis, traded by Chicago to NY, didn't want to go, then traded by NY to Toronto). So, could Davis refuse to go to NY in the first place? I understand that NY inststed on Davis, otherwise Eddy Curry trade wouldn't happen.
2) Tim Thomas was acquired by the Chicago Bulls as a part of Eddy Curry trade to New York. He had one year $14m contract. So he and Chicago don't get along, and he has now been released by Chicago, with the Bulls paying him almost all of $14m. He looks like going to Phoenix. As a result of this mess, Tim Thomas is much better off (new team where he is wanted, $14m plus a new contract from Phoenix). And the Bulls, well, they have just lost $14m - at least this is what it looks like to me. Isn't it too high price to pay for the expiring contract? Or for Eddy Curry, for that matter??
Appreciate any comments.