arkuo wrote:Thing is, anyone we get at 18 has to be substantially better than the players we have in waiting. Josh Reaves, Willie Caulie Stein and Delon Wright have yet to play big minutes. The new guy has to climb the rotation or spend time in the G-League. And that typically ends up being on Carlisle's 15th guy on the bench. In which case, I'd rather trade Delon Wright + 18 and 31 to see if you can get an upgrade at that position. Doesnt have to be an all star. I'd even take an expiring contract for Dwight Powell right now. Clears extra room for 2021.
i think your view is short sighted. Remember that it took Jimmy Butler 2+ years of waiting in the wings before breaking out as a star.
We draft and we develop, there are no shortcuts to this thing.
I'm not suggesting that draft steals are not easy to find, because they aren't. But even a decent draft prospect is going to be worth more in the long run than some middling player that we'd have to overpay to acquire.
Clearly you do not know Rick Carlisle and Donnie Nelson.
Let me give you a quick introduction:
Carlisle is the coach who benches rookies and keeps them in the dog house. The coach would rather play his trusted vets like JJ Barea and Devin Harris. So if said rookie is not Luka Doncic, he will be the 15th man.
Nelson is the GM who drafts Justin Andersons 9 times in a row. So Im not holding my breath for him to suddenly draft the next Jimmy Butler. Let's not confuse Donnie with Riley, West, Buford and the others. Let's not kid ourselves here.
So if you are playing the odds, the odds of Donnie picking busts are higher than him trading the pick for guaranteed veteran talent. I'd take the latter if I were a betting man.