MikeDC wrote:I doubt the Heat would think so, they just went through the effort of trading and extending Iggy a couple months ago.
If they thought Thad was a more valuable player they would have just traded for him then.
Maybe, but Iguodala has been pretty awful and played relatively few minutes. Could easily see them wanting to pivot.
Basically I think the smart Play is to trade Lauri now. He will actually bring a useful return. And if we do, then we are light up front, so a meaningful role for Thad is available. If things go well, he’ll be more movable at the next deadline than he is now.
What do you think you would get for Lauri? I mean, I'm fine trading him, but I don't think he will command much.
That sort of scenario is a win win for the Bulls. Keeping Lauri and trading Thad now is selling low on both players. The closer we get to Lauri’s next deal the more his trade value falls and obviously we’d lose the freedom to trade him for a pick and thus a player of our choosing.
With Thad, the opposite is the case. Rather longer we wait the less a team has to pay for Thad and the closer a team will be to “needing” a vet like him for the playoff push.he will become relatively more attractive (especially if we trade Lauri away and Thad gets more minutes under a more sensible offense that will bring his numbers up).
You won't get any value for Thad, the best you will ever do is get out of his 3rd year partial guarantee, to which you'd need to trade him this year to do that (no team is going to give up cap room to take on Thad for no salary). So Thad's value won't go up for the Bulls IMO, because he's simply not going to be a good enough player to give up an asset for and after this season removing money from the books won't be possible. Granted, you could wait for the deadline to move Thad, but that's the last time you're likely to shed his salary and that's the best I think you could do for Thad.
Lauri's trade value will likely go down, because after this year, you'd have to move him in a S&T which automatically puts pretty big limitations on what type of value you will get back or you sign him and basically can't deal him for a season. If you trade him now, you probably won't get that much, so you would trade him because you've seen enough to say that you just don't want him at all. In that case, the value you get now will be better than the future trade value, but maybe much less than the on court value of keeping him. Of course, that value is based on the contract as well, so who knows where you are at there.