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‘Jackson signed Melo to a deal that was a few million off of the max and included a no-trade clause…From Jackson’s perspective, the only reason to agree to one is to inoculate yourself from criticism should a trade happen’

I’d always assumed that Jackson agreed to the no-trade clause as an apparent quid pro quo with Anthony. An exchange which in his mind was entirely in his favour because he never had any intention of trading Anthony and saw that extra million-a-year of cap-space as an outright bonus. I also fail to see the logic in your inoculation thesis; it makes a GM look weak and failing rather than blameless if the public decides that the player’s forced a trade, particularly when that player’s already ensured that the GM couldn’t trade him against his will.

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