My bad on being a year off. It snuck by me during Covid.
But sorry. Do you think a contending team is going to keep a late first or trade for a proven shooter if they need shooting help down the stretch of a season? Especially one as young as Luke is?
This fanbase believed the pistons were going to get something of value for Drummond, Reggie, Rose, and Markeiff at the deadline, and for all of that, you got a 2nd rd pick and expirings.
What's better than getting shooting help down the stretch of a season is getting shooting help for an entire season. I think every team values picks differently and Boston somehow contends and ends up with lotto picks more than they should. This season we know they have with 3 first rd picks that more than likely do not want to use the estimated 10 mill in salary it will cost drafting them. I think at this point Boston would value Luke more than their 14 or 26th pick. I dont mind waiting until 2021 but i also think if you have a good gm, that the gm will make the right pick in a "weaker" draft as well. If a team is willing to give you a top 15 pick for a player you dont see in your future, you do it. how many times has Detroit let their lottery picks go for nothing?
Drummond was negative value w/regards to his contract. Cleveland graciously gave us a pick that in reality wasn't necessary. Absolutely nobody was coming after him.
Reggie: Nobody believed we would get a pick back given his contract and lack of durability. He was destined to just come off the books at the end of the year if he wasn't bought out earlier (and he was). The only way we would have gotten something in a Reggie trade would be to take back negative salary in return. And then you really aren't getting something for Reggie. You'd be getting it for having to endure the bad contract.
Rose: This is still TBD. There were suitors last year but word is that Rose himself nixed the deal. He's the only player with positive value of the four that you mention.
Markeiff: It was a bit of a bummer that we didn't get a late 2nd rounder for him but not really surprising. If we didn't swing something he again was likely just being bought out.
In totality we probably ended up better than expected given that we didn't end up with Andre at the end of it. I don't know who this fanbase is that you speak of but it definitely wasn't the prevailing opinion on the boards last year.
If you have a good gm then that gm will see there's more talent to be had in 2021 and realize that Luke's value increases the moment he proves that he can play for an extended period of time. If he puts up the same numbers as last year his value increases dramatically just by staying healthy. Do we think he somehow won't do this?
I want to see what happens if he raises his ppg 4 points to 20 ppg. There's going to be ample shots to go around next year with all of the vets that left and he's a good shooter. Where does his value go then?