Yes that was a fair trade. IF IT WASN'T A COLLUDING TRADE!
The trade itself does not matter 1 iota. Integrity is what's important here. Clearly the commish does not like "Murph"
So the real question is... Was this an isolated incident towards Murph because Murph done something "TO THE LEAGUE" that prompted the commish to do this? Did Murph knock on his door and punch him in the face in front of his wife and kids?
If it were me, I likely would be out of the league next year. If the commish can throw integrity out of the window for a dislike for a guy then i wouldn't want any part of his league. Not only did he give a player a way just to help the guy he hates get beat but he pushes his own trade through in 2 hours. (atleast we are led to believe he pushed his own trade through in 2 hours. Could it have been another commish?) I mean he set the rules on how trades are to be handled...
There are only 2 outcomes that could be made for the commish defense from my perspecive.
1. as i said the Murph guy wronged the league cheating himself in the past and commish is trying to make it right. (in his own stupid way)
2. The commish and the owner with no Rb have a good history together (whether friends or past trades and want to keep the lines open) and he was going to drop Ivory anyway so why not offer him to your buddy who may need a RB. To which i don't have a problem with this especially considering what 2 players were involved.
The commishes team name to me rules out #2. Which all but tells me i would not be in his league next year.