LA Bid iMac Farewell, Sent him to Detroit for Coleman
- By Jron Magcale, Day 45, 2023
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Fireballs have agreed to send veteran sharpshooter wing Isaiah "iMac" McCarty to the team drafted him, the Detroit Mustangs for SF Reggie Coleman in a move to cut back on the massive salary cap that the Los Angeles is facing this season, with total salary of $109,800,000 the team needs to make a move or risk to lose MLE and a future 1st round pick on top of a $9M scouting budget deduction. The veteran wing has been in trade talks with Detroit for the last 2 seasons but both teams can't seem to find a right deal, but this season with the Fireballs facing cap dilemma, the team's brass decided to pull the trigger on a deal that would send iMac and his $21M salary to the Detroit Mustangs whom have space to accommodate McCarty's salary. In return the Fireballs received veteran shooter Reggie Coleman who has the tools to fit in the Fireballs system.
The move would cut $10.5M from the $109.8M current cap of the team and would put the Fireballs just a shade under $100M with $99.3M and that will result to the Fireballs losing MLE and around $2M in scouting budget. That will be more manageable than the previous penalty and as the season goes on, the Fireballs would likely still look for deals to cut to the massive salary they have. "It was a pure business move than anything else, obviously iMac has been a valuable part of the Fireballs organization for the last 3 years or so, but we have to make a decision enable for us to have some room to improve as we move on. Detroit is a perfect place for iMac as that is where his legend started and we know that he'll be alright there, he still plays at a high level and would basically step into a big role out there. We wish nothing but the best for iMac." GM Jron said in a phone interview regarding the deal.
"We welcome Reggie (Coleman) to the fold and we know he'll immediately fit in and contribute, his playstyle fits what we do here in LA, he'll step in the role that iMac vacated and from there we'll see what our next steps will be. I'm excited to see Reggie in Fireballs uniform." Assistant Coach Alton Wilkes said in a separate interview.
In comparison iMac is having a better year than Coleman, so far averaging 18.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.7 bpg in 31 mpg, he is shooting 46% FG, 41% 3FG he has played all 21 games this year and 21 starts as well, for Coleman he is averaging 14.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.8 spg, 1 bpg in 27.2 mpg, he is shooting 38% FG, 36% 3FG he has played 18 games and started 14 of those games. Reggie Coleman is expected to make his debut on Day 45 at home vs the Skyhawks.