Trade analysis: Pacers may hit home run in long run

Updated: January 18, 2007, 8:30 AM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN Insider
Whoa … Where'd that come from?

Even the most brazen rumormongers were taken by surprise Wednesday when the Warriors and Pacers agreed on an eight-player trade that sends Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod to Indiana for Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell.

On the surface, this looks like a classic "grass-is-greener" trade.

Contrary to the expectations of many, Dunleavy and Murphy haven't meshed with new coach Don Nelson and his wide-open system, though Dunleavy has raised his level of play.

Meanwhile, the mutterings about chemistry problems in Indiana long have centered on Jackson -- especially since his arrest on felony charges in October -- and Harrington has endured an unexpectedly bumpy ride in his first campaign since rejoining the Pacers.

Ike Diogu
Rocky Widner/Getty ImagesIke Diogu may be able to showcase his talents in Indiana.

Look a little deeper, though, and you'll see this more as a Trojan horse deal.