OrlandoDream wrote:PrimeShaq wrote:PennytoShaq wrote:Man people overreact so hard here. I truly thought the roster was finalized and done by how much complaining was happening. I am thinking thats not the case.
The funny part is a lot of this emotion seems to hinge on IT, a guy most people would have considered to be an afterthought just 1 month ago.
Well, that's your opinion, and if I felt the same way I wouldn't consider this trade to really be a big deal either. But, I feel that this trade is essentially Weltman doubling down on the starters from last year which is why its bigger for me than just what appears on the surface.
I think why IT would have been considered an afterthought a month ago is because most of us were hoping that draft day trades were going to be made after a year of evaluating. Whether that would have been to move up and get a guy like SGA or Simmons or by trading some of the players we already have for more cap space to sign a guy this summer. When that didn't happen, yes most of us looked to IT as an upgrade but that was never the first option.
Did you bug the draft room? We dont know if they tried and maybe failed or teams wanted too much to trade up and get an extra pick. Cracking into the top 10 this year was going to cost us next years 1st at least based on the asking price of most teams.
I have no doubt Weltman tried but teams wanted too much. Also this draft is not big on talented PG. Aside from Trae and maybe SGA there is no other PG in this draft that was gonna crack the starting spot from day 1 from DJ.
The draft was not the place for us to solve our PG woes this year. Next we tried free agency and would of prob gotten IT but that medicals were bad and his hip doesnt look good. Not smart to give our entire mid level to a guy that is not 100% coming off hip surgery. Now we look into trades, which he did by acquiring grant SHORT TERM.
Weltman tried all avenues to upgrade our PG via draft, then free agency, and now trade. You cant fix the entire roster in one offseason. He saw that there just wasnt an opportunity to upgrade right now in this current market so we will stand still until something else comes up. Better then wait and be smart then make a knee-jerk decision that could set the franchise back for years. See Rob Hennigans history here.
I agree with almost everything except the bolded. They essentially watched players fall to them in the draft and chose the ones they liked as opposed to addressing the glaring point guard need. I find it difficult to believe they couldn’t have traded up for one of the point guards taken directly 5-6 spots before Frazier.
Orlando was going to be bad this year regardless. Drafting a promising point guard on a rookie deal, to grow next to our young bigs, would have been a great move. Didn’t happen and should have. This trade discussion is just sour grapes because of missing out in the draft and Orlando (expectedly) missing out in free agency. It’s just not meeting expectations that should have been addressed prior.
That being said, Im ok with Grant because I don’t realistically see how any of our trash could be traded for treasure. Hopefully they swing a Vuc deal so people can step off the ledge.