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David Aldridge of NBA TV Talks Trade Deadline on The RES

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SUZY SHUSTER.
>> HI, DAVID.
>> IS THAT YOU?
>> THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU WE
WERE DOING A PIECE ON VAN GUNDY
IN NEW YORK PREPARING HIS
OUTFITS.
THEY SAID THEY'RE NOT ARMANI
SUITS.
REMEMBER THAT ON ESPN?
>> I REMEMBER IT VERY WELL.
I CERTAINLY DO.
ARE YOU STILL WEARING DAVID
YOURMAN JEWELRY?
>> NOT TODAY, BUT THE FACT YOU
REMEMBER THAT IS DOWN RIGHT
FRIGHTENING.
DAVID, I'M HAPPY YOU TOOK THE
TIME TO JOIN US ON "THE RICH
EISEN SHOW."
I WANT TO ASK YOU RIGHT AWAY
WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?
>> WELL, YOU KNOW, ABOUT -- TILL
ABOUT 2:40 IT WAS A FAIRLY
TYPICAL TRADE DEADLINE.
THERE WERE A COUPLE OF TRADES.
EVERYBODY WAS WAITING ON DRAGIC
AND WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN
THERE.
BUT IT WAS FAIRLY TYPICAL.
THEN ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE.
I NEVER EXPERIENCED A 35 MINUTE
PUSH LIKE THAT.
WITH OKLAHOMA -- WITH EVERYBODY
DOING THREE AND 14 TRADES AT THE
SAME TIME.
IT WAS AMAZING.
AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT, GARNETT
DECIDING TO GO AHEAD AND ACCEPT
THE TRADE TO MINNESOTA.
IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE ACTIVITY IN
THAT 35, 30 MINUTE PERIOD, WHEN
EVERYBODY GOT SERIOUS ABOUT
MAKING A TRADE.
USUALLY WHAT HAPPENS, YOU KNOW
WHAT, IT'S TOO MUCH -- TOO MUCH
CHANGE, I WON'T CHANGE ANYTHING
THAT MUCH.
SO WE'LL STAND PAT.
YESTERDAY, EVERYBODY WHO SAID TO
HELL WITH IT, WE'LL BLOW THIS
UP.
WE'LL GO FLOOR IT AND MAKE THE
DEALS AND EVERYBODY DID IT.
EVERYBODY PULLED THE TRIGGER.
>> IT'S INCREDIBLE.
WHO DO YOU THINK AT THE END OF
THE DAY WAS THE BIGGEST WINNER?
>> I THINK OKLAHOMA CITY DID AN
INCREDIBLE JOB.
I MEAN, THEY BUILT A BENCH IN AN
HOUR.
YOU KNOW?
LAST YEAR, THEY WENT INTO THE
PLAYOFFS.
THEY WERE COUNTING ON GUYS LIKE
DEREK FISHER AND JEREMY LAM TO
MAKE BIG PLAYS FOR THEM IN THE
PLAYOFFS.
AND DIDN'T REALLY HAPPEN IN THAT
SERIES AGAINST SAN ANTONIO.
SO THEY WENT OUT AND IN THE
SPACE OF AN HOUR YESTERDAY, THEY
ADDED FOUR ROTATION GUYS ON TOP
OF THE GUYS THEY ALREADY HAD.
AND NOW THEY CAN GO 11 DEEP WITH
QUALITY VETERAN GUYS WHO --
EXCEPT FOR KANTER WHO PHYSICALLY
GIVES THEM A DIMENSION THEY
HAVEN'T HAD.
STEPHEN ADAMS IS A GOOD
DEFENSIVE CENTER AND HE MAY BE A
GOOD OFFENSIVE CENTER SOME DAY.
BUT HE'S NOT THERE YET.
SO DEPENDING ON MATCH-UPS YOU
CAN MIX AND MATCH HIM AND ADAMS,
MIX AND MATCH HIM.
IT WAS A GREAT THING.
TO GET AUGUSTINE WHO WAS THE
GUARD AT TEXAS, MASTER STROKE.
VETERAN, A GUY WHO WAS TERRIFIC
FOR CHICAGO LAST YEAR IN THE
PLAYOFFS.
I THOUGHT HE HAD A GREAT
AFTERNOON.
>> D.A., RICK NEUHEISEL IS A BIG
SUNS FAN.
>> GIVE ME SOME GOOD NEWS.
WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED WITH
PHOENIX YESTERDAY?
>> HERE'S THE ONE GOOD PIECE OF
NEWS, COACH, IS THAT THEY
SETTLED THE POINT GUARD PROBLEM.
AND IT WAS A PROBLEM.
AS EVIDENCED BY GORAN DRAGIC'S
DEMAND TO BE TRADED.
IT WAS A PROBLEM.
YOU KNOW?
THEY THOUGHT THAT THEY COULD
DOUBLE DOWN ON THE SUCCESS THEY
HAD LAST YEAR WITH DRAGIC AND
BLEDSOE, WITH ISIAH THOMAS.
IT TURNED OUT TO BE SOMETHING
THAT NOBODY REALLY LIKED.
THEY MADE IT WORK AS BEST THEY
COULD.
AND THEY ENDED UP TRADING BOTH
OF THEM.
DRAGIC AND THOMAS.
NOW IT'S SETTLED.
BLEDSOE IS A STARTER.
BRANDON KNIGHT IS THE BACKUP.
PROBABLY PLAY TOGETHER A LOT AS
WELL, BUT THERE'S NO MORE
CONTROVERSY.
AT LEAST THEY GOT THAT THING
SETTLED AND THEY CAN GO FORWARD
NOW TO CONTINUE BUILDING A TEAM
THAT THEY DIDN'T TAKE ON ANY
REAL SALARY YESTERDAY.
SO IT'S NOT A BAD DAY FROM THAT
PERSPECTIVE.
DIDN'T GET A WHOLE LOT FOR
DRAGIC, I'M NOT GOING TO LIE.
BUT AT LEAST THEY SETTLED THE
PROBLEM.
THAT'S A GUY THAT THEY WERE --
THEY WEREN'T GOING TO PAY WHAT
HE WANTED.
YOU KNOW?
THEY ALREADY SIGNED BLEDSOE TO
THE BIG CONTRACT.
ONCE YOU DO THAT, YOU KIND OF
TOLD EVERYBODY WHAT YOU'RE GOING
TO DO.
SO IF I WERE A SUNS FAN I WOULD
HAVE LIKED FOR THEM TO GET MORE
FOR DRAGIC THAN THEY GOT.
BUT AT LEAST THEY SETTLED THE
PROBLEM.
>> AND AS FOR PAT RILEY HE SAID
THE SHOW IS GOING ON WHEN LeBRON
LEFT TO GO BACK TO CLEVELAND AND
IT HAD.
WADE, DRAGIC AND THEN WHITESIDE.
THE UPSIDE FOR THEM SEEMS
TREMENDOUS.
>> WELL, THEY HAD -- A GREAT
TRADE FOR THEM.
LOOK, THEY GAVE AWAY THREE GUYS
THAT AREN'T REALLYPART OF

THEIR -- REALLY PART OF THEIR
FUTURE.
YOU GET A TOP 12, MAYBE TOP 10
IN THE LEAGUE FOR DRAGIC FOR
BASICALLY NOTHING.
YOU HAVE TO PAY HIM NEXT SUMMER,
BUT THAT WAS PART OF THE DEAL.
I'M SURE THEY'LL PAY HIM WHAT
HE'S LOOKING FOR.
SO NOW YOU HAVE ADDED A BIG
PIECE AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO
THEM, NOT JUST NOW, SUZY, BUT
NEXT SUMMER AND THE SUMMER AFTER
THAT, WHEN YOU GO AFTER SOME OF
THE FREE AGENTS THAT ARE GOING
TO BE AVAILABLE IN A COUPLE OF
YEARS YOU CAN SAY, LOOK, WE PUT
A TEAM TOGETHER.
WE PUT A GOOD TEAM TOGETHER.
YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A POINT GUARD.
WE'VE SOLVED THAT PROBLEM.
DWYANE WADE IS NOT WHAT HE USED
TO BE, BUT HE'S PRETTY
EFFECTIVE.
BOSH, WE DON'T KNOW, HE'S STILL
GETTING TESTED.
AS RECENTLY AS TEN MINUTES AGO
WHEN I CHECKED HE'S GETTING THE
TEST TO SEE IF IT'S BLOOD CLOTS
AND WHAT THAT TREATMENT WILL BE
AND IF HE'LL BE OUT FOR A LONG
PERIOD OF TIME.
YOU HOPE HE CAN CONTINUE TO PLAY
AFTER THIS YEAR IF THAT'S THE
CASE.
BUT THEY'VE GOT -- AND NOW
THEY'VE GOT SOME PIECES.
IF WHITESIDE IS LEGIT, WE DON'T
KNOW.
IT'S SMALL SAMPLE SIZE, BUT IF
HE'S LEGIT THEN THE REBUILD WILL
TAKE A LOT SHORTER THAN PEOPLE
THOUGHT.
>> CHRIS BOSH, OF COURSE
ADMITTED TO A MIAMI HOSPITAL.
A LOT OF CONCERNS ABOUT HIS
HEALTH ABOUT GOING TO VACATION
IN HAITI AND PEOPLE ARE
WONDERING WHAT KIND OF ILLNESS
HE COULD HAVE.
HOW ABOUT THE SIXERS, BECAUSE
WHAT ARE THEY THINKING WHEN YOU
TRADE AWAY THE TOP PLAYER IN
MICHAEL CARTER WILLIAMS?
>> WELL, YOU KNOW, AGAIN,
THAT'S -- IT'S VERY HARD TO
EXPLAIN THIS.
CONTINUE TO EXPLAIN THIS TO THE
FANS.
YOU KNOW?
YOU HAVE SAID WE'LL REBUILD.
OKAY.
WE'RE INTO THE REBUILD.
SO WE TAKE -- WE TRADE AN
ALL-STAR POINT GUARD IN DREW
HOLLIDAY.
WE DRAFT MICHAEL CARTER WILLIAMS
AND WE DRAFT NERLENS NOEL.
AND THEN WE TRADE THEM.
THEY'RE GETTING MORE PICKS WHICH
I UNDERSTAND.
BUT AT SOME POINT YOU HAVE GOT
TO MAKE THE FANS -- GIVE THEM
SOMETHING THEY CAN HANG THEIR
HAT ON.
OKAY, THIS IS A GUY THAT WE KNOW
IS GOING TO BE THERE FOR THE
NEXT SIX TO EIGHT YEARS.
AND OTHER THAN NOEL NOW WHO IS
THAT?
I MEAN, YOU KNOW, YOU ASSUME IT
WILL BE EMBIID.
I GET WHAT WHAT THEY DO.
TO TAKE THEM DOWN TO THE STUBS,
THEY'LL BE BAD AND GET HIGH
DRAFT PICKS.
BUT AT SOME POINT YOU HAVE TO
PICK PLAYERS YOU'RE GOING TO
KEEP.
>> DAVID, I THINK THEY WANT A
FEW MORE YEARS OUT OF YOU.
I THINK YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO
PHILLY.
LET'S GET A FEW MORE YEARS OUT
OF YOU.
>> I LOVED WORKING IN PHILLY.
I HAD A GREAT TIME THERE.
GREAT PASSION UP THERE.
I LOVE THE FANS.
THEY GET A LITTLE CRAZY
SOMETIMES.
BUT I LOVE THE PASSION.
THEY CARE.
THEY CARE ABOUT EVERYTHING UP
THERE.
SO, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHO I FEEL
BAD FOR, THOSE FANS -- YOU KNOW,
THEY HAVE BEEN VERY PATIENT
CONSIDERING WHAT THEY HAVE HAD
TO WATCH THE LAST THREE YEARS.
THEY HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLY
PATIENT.
>> IT'S BEEN A DARK SEVERAL
YEARS FOR THEM.
WHO'S BUYING JERSEYS RIGHT NOW?
THEY COULD BE GONE TOMORROW.
DAVID, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR
JOINING US.
IT'S FIRST TIME I'VE GOTTEN TO
TALK TO YOU IN AGES BUT I HATE
TO SAY GOOD-BYE.
BUT THE HARD OUT, WE HAVE TO SAY
GOOD-BYE.
>> WE DON'T SAY GOOD-BYE, BUT WE
SAY SO LONG.
AU REVOIR.
>> THANK YOU AND I'LL TALK TO
YOU SOON.
>> THANKS, GUYS.