Crymson wrote:Billl wrote:Nobody is giving up a lottery pick for Luke. We might be able to get a late first rounder. Maybe. He's got to show he is healthy to get any real value back for him. Even then, he wouldn't bring back a 2021 lotto pick.
The Suns were willing to give up a protected lottery pick for Luke at the deadline, so I find your certainty on this issue to be a tad puzzling. From all outward indications, he would most likely be on Phoenix's roster now but for the protections the Suns were asking.Invictus88 wrote:So I'd much rather flip him at the All star break for a pick in 2021 than now. He hasn't shown to be fully healthy so his value now is low. And this draft is weak.
His value is what it is, and will plummet if his knees give him trouble for the fourth time in four seasons. He also has more value right now than he would at the deadline, as he has an entire year left on his contract; he's on a low salary for the upcoming season, will provide a full season's worth of value, and will provide an extended period in which his team can gauge his value and, if applicable, attempt to extend him before he hits free agency.
It's unlikely that anyone will be giving up a lottery pick or comparable asset for Luke at the deadline, no matter the situation, in part because he could end up a rental and in part because anyone inclined to trade for him will probably not have either one to give.
There's no reason to keep him.
A non-lottery pick in a strong 2021 draft can be thought of as roughly equivalent to a #10 in a much weaker 2020 draft. A non-lottery team looking for shooting help down the stretch is a very plausible trade scenario; provided Luke proves he's healthy.
And on that note, I agree with Bill on this. Nobody has seen or heard anything w/regards to Luke for several months. So what at first was just 'tendonitis' may end up being something more chronic. Nobody knows. And no GM is going to risk their job trading a first round pick without knowing what they would get in return. He needs to demonstrate health before anyone agrees to anything.