Krapinsky wrote:SO_MONEY wrote:Krapinsky wrote:
Respectfully, this is a lot of mental gymnastics you have going on here.
It really isn't.
In fact it isn't at all.
We know this happens, it happens all the time. This isn't exactly complex or out of the ordinary. Should we entertain the lessons of the past, this is likely the stalking horse bid if one exists.
I really don't care if you think I am wrong... You could however make that case differently.
Door 1. Believe the actual report.
Indiana, who has been shopping Brogdon according to reports, offered Brogdon and a first for Simmons as reported. Morey turned it down believing he could get a better deal elsewhere with eyes set on Damian Lillard who was reported to be unhappy in Portland. Brogdon has been shopped since the trade deadline so it's not surprising that Indiana would be quick to offer him for Simmons.
Door 2. Believe So Money.
The 76ers and Pacers reach a secret understanding to use one of the Pacers star players as a stalking horse to set Simmons' trade value by leaking a fake trade offer to a local media person covering the 76ers. The 76ers gleefully lie to the media person covering their team. To the contrary of actual reports, the Pacers are not interested in Simmons at all and prefer Brogdon. However, they don't mind having one of their best players -- who they prefer to keep over Simmons -- thrown in the rumor mill, thus lowering Brogdon's trade value for being shopped and potentially upsetting one of their star players. The 76ers do the Pacers this purported favor despite the fact that they both compete in the East and expect to be jockeying for playoff position next year. The Pacers hope that by helping an Eastern rival increase the trade value of their star player, in turn, their Eastern rival returns the favor some day whenever such an opportunity presents itself.
Yeah, I'll go with Door 1.
Door 2, isn't believing me it is understanding the world we live in. It doesn't mean I am right, but it is also doesn't mean it is not possible given how often it happens. Acting as if (or actually thinking) what I am talking about isn't the norm, would lead you down the road of being so resolute about something that is probably 50/50...and that is what you are doing. You could be grounded and concede this or continue to do what you are doing...but by doing so flaunt your aversion to accepting there are real possibilities that exist outside of just how you feel. I have nothing more constructive to offer.