KevinFCheng wrote:^^ Oh lord. Dumping a top 3 pick to get rid of Blatche when you can just amnesty him could be one of the worst trades in NBA history.
And at the same token if you know what you're doing it could be great.
I said years ago don't draft Kwame, but trade the pick for the rights to Battier and Zach Randolph (or Troy Murphy). Folks discounted me then and nothing has changed.
I said last year Irving could be better than Wall straight up. I would have traded Wall for Irving and a pick. What I heard was how Wall was so much more talented than Kyrie. No, Wall will NEVER be the shooter Irving is. He might be physically talented but we have to wait and see who is the better player. He started ahead of Wall all star weekend, BTW, but that was on a team chosen by Shaq/Barkley.
I can't even begin to think of the trade downs suggested for players who turned out to be the real deal. Last season the 6 could have gone for the rights to Leonard plus a pick.
I will keep saying this until years from now when the next Faried comes up. I usually know this stuff real well. When I have wanted to trade down by and large I have known who for. Many of us knew Leonard and Faried last season but few knew just how much better those guys would be. I said Faried looked like the BEST rookie prospect.
Right now I am saying the perceived difference between MKG and Beal isn't as great in reality between them and lower picks. MKG might not be that much better than Moe Harkless. Someone like Waiters or Lillard might be just as successful as Beal. A player nobody is taking about, Andrew Nicholson, could end up being an all star someday.
Getting rid of Blatche by amnesty is what SHOULD happen. However, Ted Leonsis might not want to do that. All I am saying is it could be possible to trade Blatche AND come up with just as good a player.
Just because the average number 3 is better that isn't the case all the time.