HartfordWhalers wrote: R-DAWG wrote:
Malapropism wrote:Even if they are rebuilding, I'm fairly certain Norm Powell can fetch more than this. And the Blazers would be looking for picks, not salary filler. Yes, I'm including THT in that. He's not on a rookie deal and he's not particularly good.
Please provide suggestions of teams that have $12MM in filler expirings plus draft capital who believe they are a Norman Powell away from being a contender?
Philly should be. Chicago perhaps. That’s just off the top of my head, but I think the market for Powell is teams that want to contend next 4 years not just this year, so it should be a pretty big market.
Simply offering to take on a good player to help the other team isn’t really how the trade market has ever worked.
In theory, Philly could do Danny Green plus a 1st for Powell. If Simmons comes back, you have Simmons play the 3 defensively with a Curry/Powell backcourt. Philly is eligible to trade their pick this year, and if they did, could still trade their 2023 pick and 2029 pick in the offseason. And historically, Daryl Morey hasn't been shy trading draft picks at the deadline for roster upgrades. But he also likes going big game hunting, and I'm not sure Norman Powell fits that bill, or if he wants that contract on the books with 3 other max players in Embid-Harris-Simmons (with the expectation that if he trades Simmons it will be for a max salary guy).
The Bulls can get to the outgoing salary with Derrick Jones Jr and Troy Brown Jr, but the picks situation gets tricky. Bulls currently owe their 2023 pick, protected top 4 becoming 2, 2nds after 2024, and another 1st 2 years after that with protections that mean that pick can convey as late as 2028. As such, the Bulls are not eligible to trade any of their first round picks. They do own a lotto protected Portland pick, however, if Portland decides to rebuild, the pick wont convey. So, in reality, is this package any better than the Lakers package built around THT?
It's really hard for a contending team to add a $18-20MM per year contract for a guy who at best is your 4th best player while also giving up value in the process.