Mike lorenzo wrote:JRich has been terrible ... (Powell / Burke) Also, but less surprisingly, Powell is coming off a serious injury, which killed him. and Burke, well he wasn't even in the league, last year ..
Add JJ, get a very veteran rental, (injured) we don't know when he will play ..
Add the 3 rookies, who for some reason, do not step on the court
Add up that KP is out for half of the games. 7/8 Guys you can't count on ...
That's half the roster.
I still wonder, why at least they didn't try on the deadline..with more impetus .. we are supposed to trust the office ...
This season only..
-Change curry, multiple 2 round picks to turn Delon into injured JJ (is JRich better than Delon ??) ..
- We move on to S.Bey / Bane / Quickley / Maxey / Pritchar / Tillman. (All with minutes in the NBA, and a promising future) ...
-The deadline didn't even try..Gordon's Price, we could easily match, Fournier easily match, Theis ..... but nothing,
Today we play Powell / Boban playing the Playoffs (we are not left over) while Bey (at least athletic) watched from close up, how Zion **** us ... ,
At least try it, why did we select him, to sink his career ... ?? ...
I was comfortable. Hot drink, guys sorry for the huge paragraph .. it's 7 in the morning in Spain and I probably don't know what I'm talking about
You need to understand NBA dynamics. What can a team, FO can do.
Its not like Real Madrid, Barselona, Gran Canaria making transfers. If there is enough budget and a good coach, you know Madrid/Barselona would build a team for final four easily.
In NBA, there is no opportunity to spend money like that. Tanking, drafting, cap space, contracts... A lot of thinks to care about.
For most teams, it takes a lot of suffering to build a contender.
Exceptions: LAL getting Lebron and then NBA forcing AD to Lakers is different. Kawhi-PG uniting at LAC because they want to play in LA. Brooklyn Nets getting Durant is because of the market. Nets trading every pick made them suffer for many years before.
Most other teams:
- Portland-Lillard spend 10 years yet to have roster to be true contender. They never ever considered as contender that many years with a lot of moves to surround Lillard.
- Orlando never got a true superstar. They tried drafting, developing, trades, coaches but they were subpar for 10 years.
- Spurs, after Duncan-Kawhi left they're having meaningless season where no one would surprise if they finish 10th or 7th. 1st round exit anyway.
- 76ers spend hard-tanking years for what 6-7 years? Embiid drafted at 2014, and I believe this is the first true season that they're contenders. They weren't able to finish at top seed in early years.
- For Giannis-Middleton duo it also took time. For Celtics, the same story.
So, consider those and try to act patiently.In big picture for this season:
- couple wins does not count too much. a 6th seed team can upset 3rd seed team who worked really hard to get that extra +8-10 wins.
- whats the end result? 1st round exit? 2nd round? wcf? Teams main objective is winning series in playoffs. So sitting KP, Doncic is not important. The important thing is their performance in playoffs. You want them ready.In even broader picture:
- A GM should think for next 5-10 years. Now you have Doncic, 22 year old. Its obvious that he's still learning, growing as a man. He'll resign for max extension so you'll have him under control for next 5-6 years.
For instance, if you spend all the assets and try to win now at all cost, this plan might fail. And then when Doncic's contract extension comes, Mavs wont have the assets to build a contender and Doncic will leave.
- 21 FA is a very good, last opportunity to sign FA while Doncic having rookie deal.
- KP's health for next 5 years should be a question mark for FO. Before making other win-now moves, they'd want to see his condition. If you invest in a guard then KP gets injured, the plan would fail.
So Mavs FO, with limited assets, should act patiently.
Waiting 21 FA makes sense. Waiting KP's health, whether he can play all playoff games this season or not makes sense. Waiting for Doncic's development for some more before going all-in also makes sense.
Meanwhile, small trades are made. Those are not interfere with main 5 year plan. Curry-Richardson didnt work at all but they had reasons for trying that. D.Wright FA signing wasn't great and J.Johnson was even worse. We'll see if Redick helps. When Mavs signed Curry on FA, it was a risk too. Hindsight you see that as a successful signing but Mavs was the biggest bidder by far at the time.
FO needs to roll dice most of the time. They'll take on some bets. KP bet was big but they find the price low, reward very high. I wish them to took risk on Gordon as well but Denver did. We'll see if it works.