Earlier in this year a little bit of magic happened. The MLB trade deadline and the NFL lockout ended the same week, leading to all sorts of transactions. As I wrote then, I think I’d rather be a GM than actually be on the field.
So this week when the MLB free agency period started and the NBA lockout ended, it was another perfect storm of tons of teams making dumb, franchise-altering decisions, including one of the biggest moves of my lifetime (and one of the biggest ones that didn’t happen of my lifetime). This was early Christmas for me.
First, Albert Pujols decides he wants to be the only member of the Angels’ infield who hits a home run this season, and then the NBA decides it can’t trade Chris Paul to the Lakers because people like the Lakers. This week was awesome.
Here’s another special all-transaction edition of Power Rankings.
1. Dodgers sign Aaron Harang, trade Dana Eveland
2. Albert Pujols, CJ Wilson sign with the Angels
3. Chris Paul trade to the Lakers blocked by the NBA
4. Chris Paul to probably won’t get traded to the Clippers either
5. Dwight Howard wants to be traded too, you guys
6. Tyson Chandler traded to the Knicks
7. Lamar Odom traded to the Mavs
8. Shane Battier signs with the Heat
9. Tayshaun Prince resigns with the Pistons
2. Greg Oden re-signs for one-year $8.9 million with Blazers
And he immediately got hurt. Unlike his birth certificate, you can’t make this stuff up.