Re-alignment Casualty: Jordan Carstensen Sent to Pittsburgh for Future Picks
- By Jron Magcale, Day 1, 2021
LOS ANGELES - In an expected move from Finals runner up Los Angeles Fireballs, the team has sent fan favorite former All-star wing Jordan Carstensen to Pittsburgh for a bundle of 2 2nd round picks. The move will shed $9.8 Million to Los Angeles' cap and will get a chance to bid for players that the team is looking at for them to contend in the Pacific Division which is dubbed as "Hell in the Pacific" because of the heavy teams that are stabled in the division.
Jordan Carstensen is a vital part of the last 2 playoff seasons of the Fireballs having started all games with the Fireballs and being named in the 2019 JBL All-star with PG Chris LaCruz (his debut). Carst as his teammates calls him is close to the team and is also one of the team captains of the squad. He averaged respectable numbers for the past 2 seasons:
2019 SEASON: 19.9 PPG (51%FG, 37% 3FG, 86%FT), 6.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 2.2 SPG
2020 SEASON: 16.5 PPG (47%FG, 31%FG, 90%FT), 5 RPG, 3.7 APG, 2 SPG
He will provide veteran leadership and defensive intensity to the young team. His aggressive scoring will keep the team competitive. Assuming the team will play with a high pace having Kendrick Hill, Carst will benefit having been in a fast pace offense in Los Angeles.
A trio of rookie combo guard Kendrick Hill, Vet Scorer Dom Respert and wing Jordan Carstensen will already showcase some dangerous scoring core that will be beneficial to the teams mettle.
Los Angeles will get 2 2nd rounders as compensation for the trade (2022 2nd round - #37 lock and 2024 2nd Round). Los Angeles will also shed $9.8 Million off their cap this season that will give them $42.8 Million to spend in the Free Agency.
"I personally am sad to make the decision to trade away a great player such as Jordan Carstensen, he is one of the people that gave this great City something to cheer for. His role coming in has always been vital. A great player and an even better person. I know this move may shock a lot of people in and out of the organization but I feel like this is a move that I need to make in order to give us the room to acquire the players we have in our wishlist. It is one of those decisions you have to make in the office alone and weigh all the pros and cons. Coming off a finals series like last season's put us in perspective. We want to compete in the new era of JBL. That is all. No further comments." GM Jron emotionally said in a press conference moments after the trade has been made public.