DBoys wrote:"Phillie definitely wouldn't do that."
I will say again, while you deride Wright, there's nothing to indicate JR would be all that great in a Mav uni.
Yes, JR plays more minutes. But in fewer minutes, Wright is a better rebounder, a better passer, more steals, less turnovers - and Wright's advantage is even bigger if you look at a per-minute comparison. Wright is a very efficient player. Yes he needs to shoot more, but not convinced that means a volume bricker like JR would be preferable as a shooter, and Wright is certainly a MUCH bigger contributor in other areas. The idea that JR is a much better defender is NOT supported by the numbers - fewer steals, way more fouls, about the same def rating.
I think part of Philly's problem is a player like JR, who gets acclaim, but he's more hype than bang. And if I'm the Mavs, getting him really wouldn't take you where you want to go at all. Meh.
Giving up Curry, a player who can shoot with the best, for JR -- to me, that's quite a one-sided trade, but the team getting the steal would be Philly. Both Philly and Dallas need BETTER shooters, and Curry helps solve that need while JR makes the need bigger. Hard pass.
Well, I'm amazed that you will defend keeping a player who was DNP in our last playoff game for one that will likely play 30 minutes per game. That makes no sense to me. Carlisle has lost faith in him, but he apparently still has a fan base.
I think you would be comparing the wrong set of players anyway. Wright has to leave... and so does Justin Jackson. Richardson is a ton better than Jackson and that's the spot in the lineup that needs upgrading. You're not trading to replace Wright with Richardson. You're trading because Richardson needs the minutes of rotation players at the wing position. The Mavs will be replacing Wright with another PG - just not in the Philly trade.
If Curry leaves, then you eventually have to find a PG or SG with 3-point skills to replace him. That's a different trade. Or maybe you acquire Facundo Campazzo in free agency to offset Curry's absence. But you can't see one trade as a finished product. The mission is simply to re-tool the roster before next season begins.
Curry's skill set is terrific, but it's one dimensional as a jump shooter. He's injured quite a bit, and he gets exposed defensively so he can't get the minutes of a starter. So there's reason to at least examine what it means to trade players. I don't particularly like a one-for-one in this trade - I'd rather see other players involved like Thybulle and Brunson. But I at least understand that Richardson's skill set my be warranted if the right package was available.