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Brian Cardinal - SF/PF, 6'8, 240
Retired - Retired after 2012 season
       Date of birth: 05/02/1977
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 44th pick, 2000
     Out of: Purdue
  NBA Experience: 12 years
  Hand: Right

11th April, 2000 USBL Drafted 53rd overall in the 2000 USBL Draft by Dodge City Legend.
2000 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 44th overall by Detroit.
15th August, 2000 ABA Drafted 40th overall in the 2000 ABA Draft by Memphis Houn'Dawgs.
14th September, 2000 IBL Drafted 7th overall in the 2000 IBL NBA Supplemental Draft by Cincinnati Stuff.
20th September, 2000 CBA Drafted 3rd overall in the 2000 CBA Draft by La Crosse Bobcats.
2nd October, 2000 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Detroit.
7th September, 2001 NBA Re-signed by Detroit to a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract.
11th September, 2002 NBA Traded by Detroit, along with Ratko Varda and Jerry Stackhouse, to Washington in exchange for Richard Hamilton, Bobby Simmons and Hubert Davis.
28th February, 2003 NBA Waived by Washington.
11th March, 2003 Spain Signed a one month contract with Pamesa Valencia.
29th September, 2003 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Golden State.
14th July, 2004 NBA Signed a six year, $33.75 million contract with Memphis.
2008 NBA Draft NBA Traded by Memphis, along with Jason Collins, Mike Miller and the draft rights to Kevin Love (#5), to Minnesota in exchange for Marko Jaric, Greg Buckner, Antoine Walker and the draft rights to O.J. Mayo (#3).
17th February, 2010 NBA Traded by Milwaukee to New York in exchange for Darko Milicic and cash.
19th February, 2010 NBA Waived by New York.
23rd March, 2010 NBA Signed a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Minnesota.
27th December, 2010 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Dallas.
12th December, 2011 NBA Re-signed by Dallas to a guaranteed one year minimum salary contract.
When: Where:
1996 - 2000 Purdue (NCAA)
October 2000 - September 2002 Detroit Pistons (NBA)
September 2002 - March 2003 Washington Wizards (NBA)
March 2003 - April 2003 Valencia (Spain)
July 2003 Miami Heat (Summer League)
September 2003 - June 2004 Golden State Warriors (NBA)
July 2004 - June 2008 Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
June 2008 - February 2010 Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
February 2010 New York Knicks (NBA)
March 2010 - June 2010 Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
September 2010 - June 2012 Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
From blog:

   We're Adding A Little Something To This Month's Sales Contest. As You All Know, First Prize Is A Cadillac El Dorado.

Time was when Brian Cardinal was a high quality NBA role player. But Cardinal is now 33 years old, and it's an old 33. The health of his knees has been in decline for years, and it's taken his productivity with it. Last year for Minnesota, Cardinal played only 267 minutes, totalling 48 points, 29 rebounds, 24 assists and 56 fouls. He can still hit open threes, and still knows how and when to pass, but he can't defend, rebound or shoot 48% any more. Sadly, just as that ambitious contract given to him by Jerry West finally expires, Brian Cardinal looks done.

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   15 More Ten Day Contract Candidates (Because Apparently 101 Wasn't Enough After All)

In some additional related bookkeeping, the reason for many of the players listed in the previous list was due to the NBA's contract guarantee date. All players on NBA rosters on or after January 10th have their contracts guaranteed for the remainder of the season (future seasons are unaffected); this also includes waivers. In-season waivers are 48 hours long and do not include weekends; therefore, with the 10th of January being a Monday, players had to be waived by close of business on Wednesday 5th in order to have cleared waivers before the deadline date.

Eleven players with not fully guaranteed contracts were waived in the hours before that deadline: Steve Novak, Damien Wilkins, Jarron Collins, John Lucas III, Ime Udoka, Lester Hudson, Ronald Dupree, Brian Skinner, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Sundiata Gaines and Rodney Carney. Twenty seven unguaranteed players survived; Delonte West, Von Wafer, Brian Scalabrine, Samardo Samuels, Manny Harris, Alonzo Gee, Brian Cardinal, Melvin Ely, Gary Forbes, Jeremy Lin, Ish Smith, A.J. Price, Ike Diogu, Luc Richard Mbah A Moute, Ben Uzoh, Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, Shawne Williams, Malik Allen, Garret Siler, Patty Mills, Sean Marks, Darnell Jackson, Chris Quinn, Sonny Weems, Jeremy Evans, Cartier Martin and Hamady Ndiaye. Players with contracts who had already become guaranteed due to specific guarantee stipulations in their contracts were Sherron Collins, Derrick Brown, Josh McRoberts, Willie Warren, Derrick Caracter, Luther Head and Joey Dorsey.

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   The best of what's left

Brian Cardinal - Gone are the days of Brian Cardinal, the overpaid yet underrated little things player and decent defender. The knees have gone, and with them has gone his production. Last season, in two separate stints with the Timberwolves, Cardinal returned totals of 48 points, 29 rebounds, 24 assists and 56 fouls. He has played over 440 minutes only once in the last five seasons, and has been kept in the league solely on the basis of his contract, which has now expired. Cardinal was a genuinely decent player for a while, but that time has passed. I only hope that David Kahn knows this.

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   Tax Payers, Trade Kickers, And Other Deadline Day Bookkeeping

(Other possibilities for this type of trade included Portland with Sean Marks, Utah with Francisco Elson, Dallas with Brian Cardinal and Orlando with Malik Allen. As mentioned elsewhere, Marks was dealt elsewhere; however, the other three teams held onto their little-used veteran big men, and will now pay luxury tax on their salaries. To put that into context, that troika of treasure have combined this far this season for 99 games and 1,093 minutes played, 235 points, 163 points and 146 fouls, all for a combined $5,126,334 after tax. Their teams clearly value them anyway, but enough to pay luxury tax on them? Seems so.)

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   The Finances Of The Trade Deadline Deals

The other extremely active team at the deadline was the Knicks, who completed three trades of their own. One of them was the brilliantly pointless Darko Milicic for Brian Cardinal deal; Cardinal has already been waived, and Darko has already said he's going back to Europe once this season is over, which makes the logic behind the deal beautifully pointless (and inevitably, financially motivated; Cardinal's smaller cap number means less tax for the Knicks, and the cash New York gave up makes Milicic cheaper than Cardinal for Minnesota. Or at least the same cost.)

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