League Circles wrote:The fact that we should have obviously traded Thad doesn't impact whether we should keep him now or not.
Of course, we should do the best thing now, but the best thing now was known at the deadline. So if they choose to not trade Thad/Sato at the deadline and then realize three months later the best thing to do is operate under the cap, then they are a god awful front office. It doesn't mean we shouldn't operate under the cap if that is the best thing, but the fact they didn't see that coming three months ago means they have absolutely no foresight or planning.
That said, I think they knew this exactly and simply planned to operate over the cap.
BTW I had not heard of an offer of a 20s first and expiring are you just speculating or was that reported? If AK passed on that........just wow.
Speculating. There was a lot of reporting that there was significant league wide interest in Thad, 20s 1sts are very low value currency and aren't valued notably around the league, so putting those two points together it seems highly likely that such an offer would have been on the table.
I think the way to proceed at this sad point is to trade Thad, once and for all, almost certainly for a PG like Dragic or Rubio who also only have one year left, or maybe for their SF equivalent to spell Patrick.
The reason being, although neither are special, the ability to resign Theis and/or Lauri cannot be squandered IMO. We simply don't have enough talent/assets to justify losing BOTH of those guys and rolling with one year of 32 year old Thad.
I don't think you let either of those guys go due to Thad being here. You let them go only if you plan to preserve cap space in 2022. That said, it seems pretty clear they don't value Lauri.
I simply believe it's unjustifiable to return this roster plus an MLE and a sound round rookie. Yuck. I do admit that going under the cap is risky and could easily yield a worse outcome, but I think keeping the roster + MLE is just so sure to not move the needle.
The hope is that an off-season and training would move the needle, my hope is keep cap open in 2022, trade Arci + Aminu + Cash for Rubio, try and find the best 1 year big man you can at the MLE, and then hope to sign a star next year with your 42M in cap room and two stars on the roster. Slim hope, but I have yet to hear a plan that is more likely to vault the team into top 10 than this one.