drosestruts wrote:I don't see the issue here. We have three restricted free agents this summer: Dunn, Valentine, and Harrison. If we renounce all three, we're still above the cap so Dunn's 1-year qualifying offer being $3M more should be meaningless to us.
If AK and the front office want to take a look at him in their system, under their coach (fingers crossed), I feel there's no harm in accepting the qualifying offer.
The thing is, the answer to all of those "IF" questions should be no.
The money is basically irrelevant. What's scarce here is opportunity. Barring some kind of massive trade, we have LaVine, Coby, and Otto Porter as players who should be getting full time minutes and who I don't want to take away minutes from to give to Kris Dunn.
So the best case scenario is that Dunn is a backup playing limited minutes. But... you've got Sato, Arci, and Crutch, whom we're all stuck with, and who, in various ways might be better players than Dunn, and who would similarly be fighting for minutes with him.
Then you've got the possibility we draft another guard or wing, which seems likely since the most touted players in this draft who might be available to us are guards and wings. As with the starters, I don't want one of these guys sitting on the bench because Kris Dunn needs minutes. Assuming
So, I look at this and I think
1. Money aside, there's not much of a role for Dunn here. He's probably the 2nd or 3rd G/F off the bench.
2. Money not aside, isn't there some FA out there who's a better fit or a better player for $7M? Probably
3. The combination of these factors isn't all that conducive to good play. Bringing in a guy at a relatively high price to play a small to nonexistent role is not just bad business, it is the sort of thing that generates bad feelings sometimes. Better to just avoid it.