Instead, I think what most people are saying is, instead of paying players like Bogie, DC, and Tyreke a combined $33m in salary, why not pay that salary to one single player (or two) who is better than all of them?
Depth certainly isn't the issue here, as we have young players like Leaf, Holiday, and to an extent Alize and Sumner, who aren't getting much minutes
I know I'd MUCH rather pay, say, Kemba Walker $33m, rather than paying those three collectively
Well, if we pay Kemba Walker the combined salary of Bogie, DC, and Tyreke, we still legally have to fill out those roster spots and sign two more players, so it raises costs a minimum of $3m (2 salaries at vet minimum salary). Then, we either are leaning on Leaf, Holiday, Alize, and Sumner to consistently play winning ball night in and out, which is a tough ask. Not saying it's not possible, but it both drastically raises salary rates, as we're likely to use the Room Exception/BAE to fill those 2 other roster spots. Also, I personally don't totally disagree with you. Just raising the valid questions. And adding a huge money long-term contract makes it tougher down the line to re-sign Dom, and even Holiday and Leaf if they pan out.
Topofthekey wrote:As for trades, there are some ideas thrown around in this thread already, but one that I'd really like to see is Bogie to the Pelicans for their FRP - they are on record saying they are looking to deal their FRP for SF help this season; Bogie is an SF, and Bogie certainly can help them this season
But I can hear it already - "oh but Pacers are 3rd in the standings!", or "why trade a starter of a winning team for a pick?!"
It's possible that NOP would deal their 1st to get Bogie, but to match salaries and value, it means we're taking on Solo Hill's extra year of salary, which also means we're down to around $28m in cap space, decently short of a max salary, at that point, we have to deal away either Dougie for absolutely no salary in return, or we are dumping all of Holiday, Leaf, Anigbogu, and Alize for just enough to get in at a max salary.