Scoot McGroot wrote:
We can't be resetting and overhauling every single season, which was pretty much what we have been doing the last three or four seasons
2018 - PG left, Vic became the surprise alpha of the team
2019 - Vic got injured, Bogie took over as lead scorer
2020 - Vic still injured, Domas took over, three starters got replaced, bench got overhauled
2021 - new head coach, Vic reclaims alpha role?
2022 - Vic leaves via FA, team pivots back to Domas?
You can see how chaotic and lacking in continuity these 5 years look, if things indeed do play out the way described in italics
At some point we have to nail everything down, so that the team can gel and everyone on the roster can actually develop some chemistry and grow as a unit, enough with wasting time waiting for things to settle down
What does everyone think
I think you're also kind of calling for that to happen again, though, if you're calling for a midseason trade for Oladipo. Remember, 15 player roster limits are hard in the season (as opposed to 20 in the offseason), so it's harder to make an Oladipo trade as you will have to trade him for players that make essentially the exact same. But, trade Oladipo and you're looking at another major shift again just by doing that.
Ultimately, it seems like Pritchard is keeping the communication open. A lot of openings for Oladipo closed already, especially Miami as they extended Bam already and gave up a ton of their space, along with the emergence of Herro. I also think his antics this offseason have made him less glamorous an option for many teams, too. And maybe he sees an avenue to excel in a Bjorkgren offense that allows free play and many players to be the focus throughout the game, as opposed to McMillan's system that focused on rigidity and players playing defined roles constantly with little stray. To me, pragmatism will rule the day. Oladipo isn't the idealistically perfect leader and star that we hoped for, but that doesn't mean he can't be a long-term fit, too. If we deal him, we're unlikely to get anybody that can fill that role like he hopefully could. And if he's buying in, and allows Brogdon to be the locker room leader, and is willing to share the on court shine with Sabonis and Warren, I think there's chances for this team to excel.
I'm just looking ahead
I think what we saw in the last two games against the Heat is a reasonable projection for Vic's performance in 2021, with some room to grow. That's to say, I think he will be close to his 2018 self; not quite there but close
What do we do in that scenario, at the season's end?
Maxing him out more or less guarantees that he stays, but is that something that we really want to do? It will impact our ability to extend Warren. Aaron, too, will probably need to be paid, though to a lesser extent, once his rookie contract is up
Considering all this, does committing a max contract to a Vic who is not quite his 2018 self make sense?
And if we don't give him the max, and someone else outbids us for him, then what?
Retool the team around Domas, and start the process all over again?
And this is all assuming that Vic has a good year, and is willing to stay
What if he doesn't? What if he wants out anyway?
There's only a very slim and specific path where I see Vic has a place here on the team long term: he turns in a good season, he is willing to accept a reasonable contract, and no one else outbids us for him
Otherwise, most paths lead us back to Domas
And if we know that is likely to be the case, why waste 2021 going through the motions; just build the team around Domas now
The team wasted too much time before moving on from old Nate, it looks like the same mistake might be repeated again with Vic
Of course, I'm happy to be proven wrong. If it so happens that Vic turns in an All NBA season in 2021, and is willing to rebuff other teams and sign with us long term for a reasonable amount, that would be ideal
But right now I'm more in the glass half empty camp