Another fantasy sports site? No, but it does help NBA general managers turn trade fantasies into reality. Since salary-cap rules are more arcane than string theory, using pencil and paper to see if a proposed deal is doable can kill an afternoon. RealGM examines the fine print of the players‚Äô contracts and lets a team know in seconds if a trade flies.
Is this for the armchair G.M.? The bare-bones version at www.realgm.com is free. The deluxe program--which red-flags clauses that cause a player‚Äôs salary to spike if he‚Äôs dealt and tells how a trade will affect the cap in coming years--is available for $35,000 a year. The Pacers, Spurs, Rockets and Wizards have signed up, and the program helped bring Tracy McGrady (left) to Houston last month.
So execs do less work? Not exactly. Type in a player‚Äôs name, and the program will spit out guys he could be traded for--so G.M.‚Äôs may pursue deals they‚Äôd once have never imagined. ‚ÄúOriginally it was more of a checking tool,‚Äù says Pacers VP of player personnel David Morway. ‚ÄúToday I use it to brainstorm trades.‚Äù
STEPHEN M. DOWELL/ORLANDO SENTINEL/ABACA (MCGRADY)