Doc and Phil made some great points about a blaring loophole.

ESPN: It wasn’t quite on the same level as San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich calling for an independent trade committee to be formed in protest of the Pau Gasol deal a couple of seasons ago, but there were two coaches calling for changes to the NBA’s trade process Thursday. Both Lakers coach Phil Jackson and Celtics coach Doc Rivers had strong things to say about Cleveland’s acquiring Antawn Jamison by using Zydrunas Ilgauskas as a key piece in the deal, with the eventuality assumed that Ilgauskas will be bought out from his contract by the Wizards and return to the Cavaliers after 30 days.

Jackson declined to comment on the Jamison trade when he was asked about it at Thursday’s shoot-around, quipping, “I don’t care about that,” and dodged two more questions about it in his pregame media session before not being able to bite his tongue any longer. “They’re going to get Ilgauskas back and it’s going to be one of those scenarios that we see in the NBA where you ship a player out, you get another player, then your player retires or they pay him off and then he comes back in 30 days,” Jackson said. “I don’t know what that does for the league. I think that’s kind of a weird situation.”

Rivers agreed with Jackson, even though the loophole has helped his team in the past. “I have a problem with that,” Rivers said before Thursday’s Lakers-Celtics game at Staples Center. “I loved it three years ago when we did it with Gary Payton if you remember, but now I think it sucks. I think it’s a terrible deal.”

Rivers and the Celtics traded Payton to Atlanta in March 2005 for Antoine Walker and Payton returned to Boston after being waived by the Hawks. “I actually do have a problem with that though. We did it, and I’m joking, but I do think [it’s a problem]. I don’t know what you do [maybe] just not allow them to go back to the same team or whatever. … I do think that will be changed eventually, but I do have a problem with it.”

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  • Lakers 24 7

    So, basically, the Cavaliers get Antawn Jamison and Sebastian Telfair by only giving up a draft pick. If the Gasol trade was lopsided, then I don’t know what this is. If a player is gonna retire or get his contract bought out only to return to the previous team, then I think he should’nt be allowed to come back until he is either traded back or until the season is over.

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  • Gino

    why don’t the lakers sign big Z just to get him away from cleaveland? i know it’s taking on salary, but might as well take him. who knows, he might actually be useful if bynum struggles against physical teams.

  • Robert

    It will be ok. Jamison went 0 for 12 tonight. There will be an adjustment period. It’s still the LeBrick show, and of course he wants to drive the offense. Jamison is (was) one of the big 3 in Washington, and needs to score.
    LeBallHog needs to run the team. He doesn’t know how to let his teammates make plays for themselves. Whereas we have playmakers on our team.
    If Z goes back to Cavs, it’s ok. There will be a bunch of junk clogging LeQuack’s lane. The ‘big junk’ gave the Lakers problems in their only 2 meetings this year. Pau, Drew, and Lamar need to do some fouling in the Finals – the Cavs are not good free throwers. Also, the Lakers need to have RELIABLE jump shooters (not just Kobe). That way, we can spread the floor and they can’t just double team Kobe.
    I’m talkin Finals because Z won’t come back until the end of the regular season. His absence has already affected the Cavs, so he is important to them. Hopefully the Cavs will lose some more, and we can gain ground for home court.

  • lakerfan_4ever

    OMG!! finally some coaches talking about it!! it feels like Phil and Rivers were reading my mind.As a long NBA fan,I find that tactic TOTALLY DISGUSTING.Hey if your azz gets traded,you should at play for the other team for the rest of the season.But not,how many times we’ve seen this play out: a player gets traded,he gets a buy out,he talks about “considering” to play for other teams as long is the right situation blah blah blah,he waits for 30 days and at the end he just rejoins the team that traded him in the first place…so Z will be back with the Cavs,wait and see….

  • LakeShowAllDay

    Fruck Tha CavaQueers and Queen James