YosemiteSam wrote:A slight conspiracy theory:
On the excellent Lowe Post podcast from yesterday about the book Range which espouses broad skills and experiences over specialization, Zach Lowe made a comment about an anonymous team official sharing the anecdote that (paraphrased) “a recently drafted player is clearly to some on the staff not going to pay off, but others in management have a sunk cost in sticking with him because they drafted him high. They could trade him now for value because others still see potential, but they won’t and will lose out on the asset completely to try and save face on the pick”. I’m pretty sure he is referring to Mo Bamba. Here is my conspiracy theory why: At two other times in the podcast Lowe had to randomly come up with an example and both times he cited the Magic. Once was the Magic and the other was Vuc. He clearly had the Magic on his mind. He also talked about them twice on his pod last week with Bill Simmons. I think he has been speaking with someone in the organization about broader issues as he often does, and the Bamba thing was part of it. Now it could be any of the many potential busts recently drafted, but the combination of his recent Magic content and the reality of Bamba’s struggles, his current career stage (still potential) and his clear challenges in motor and b-ball IQ make me pretty sure it is him. I hope I’m wrong or we trade him before his value declines like Josh Jackson or Mario.
Interesting theory, it’s probably true. I hated the pick at the time and still do.
SGA, Sexton, Bridges, and Knox were all still on the board. They all made more sense with the rest of the roster and they have all proven to be better contributors up to this point in their careers.
Bamba will hardly see the floor with a resigned Vuc playing 30+ minutes a night, on brand new contract, and with Birch playing reliable backup minutes on a good deal. What I find funny is that if the FO allegedly found him to be a sunk cost, they did themselves zero favors in making him appear to be more valuable as an asset. He was a waste of a pick and the they have made him as such with their subsequent moves.