Teffer10 wrote:It's a little crazy for Mavs to consider any player not named Luka "untouchable".
Publicly speaking maybe so, but behind the scenes everyone except Luka is untouchable.
Brunson and nearly any combination of players/picks for Beal or equivalent would absolutely happen.
I wouldn't trade Brunson for mere role players though. He is too critical to our depth at this point.
I don't see the Mavs moving him because they won't get equal value back as many have already stated.
And there is no way in hell I trade him for our pick to NY back.
Lol didnt post in this thread but my comments got posted in here somehow.
To address your point - obviously with the current state of the roster the Mavs dont trade Brunson for their 2023 pick back.
But its safe to assume that there would be some type of roster reconstruction if that's done.
In reality - is a top 10 protected 2023 pick that rolls into 2024 and 2025 with the same protections fair value for Brunson? I think for sure. Not many guys are traded for a real 1st rounder and that pretty much is - except it has no chance for high lottery.
Now for the Mavs future flexibility this trade almost becomes too important.
With those protections, the Mavs are going to be locked out of trading any first round picks until 2027.
If they look into the trade market to improve their team they are seriously ham-struck.
Which is why I suggested that I can see Brunson going to the Knicks for the 2023 pick in return if the Mavs were working on a bigger deal which required more picks to go out.
Recall - Brunson is going to be an UFA in 2022. Not sure if I need to remind everyone of the Leon Rose/Brunson connection. And it's not 20 years ago. Leon Rose (who represented Toppin) had Brunson Sr. training Toppin before drafting him to NY. For better or worse, the Knicks incestual relationships govern some of their decision making. I think the writing is somewhat on the wall. Could even argue its an overpay for NY considering he can just walk here in 2022. The only reason for NY to make the trade is if they have bigger plans and want to use Brunson's low cap hold to resign him