arkuo wrote:Bob8 wrote:arkuo wrote:If Hardy can add a bit more defense to his game, he slots right in to replace THJ. Then there is no need to resign THJ to a fresh $80M for 4 year contract. You can trade him as an expiring for simply let him walk. Just with offense alone, I think Hardy can match THJ's scoring, so that cancels out. It's what they can bring on defense that would matter IMO. Hardy and Josh Green will eventually have big games and their numbers will eventually rise, as an effect, this would lead to a bigger contract when the time comes. So if Mavs have no plans to sign them to a bigger deal to keep them, then trading them for value is ideal.
The problem for Hardy is that he needs the ball in his hands and he won't get it with Luka and Kyrie here. You just can't play 3 high usage no D players in the same team and Hardy isn't efficient enough in comparison to other 2. Changing Kyrie for Ayton and letting Hardy play more would be the best case scenario for Mavs. Trading Hardy wouldn't bring you much anyway.
If you trade away Kyrie for a lesser dominant player, Luka will simply waive everyone off and go back to his usual dribbling for 19 seconds and do something late in the shot clock. You need a counter ballast to keep Luka in check. Kyrie has actual gravitas that Luka defers to him on some possessions including the 4th. Getting Ayton would mean Luka getting 50 point triple doubles and back to 4 other guys watching him dribble around. That might get you a lot of regular season wins but not a lot of playoff wins. Mavs have done that method for 4.5 years now.
Getting Ayton would mean to finally have real C, who can score, play D and rebound. Unfortunately Suns won't do that. Having Hardy with Luka and Kyrie is just useless, he's not efficient enough, not good enough defender and good enough spot up shooter. Giving Kyrie new contract means no cap space too. Do you really want to go in next season with no D whatsoever? Betting on Kyrie suddenly becoming dependable isn't exactly sure bet either. He doesn't even look very keen to play this season's last games.