drsd wrote: Knightro wrote:
I am not seeing it with the rookies this year, and I think the Magic need to shuffle assets around moving forward. For example, if Boston keeps losing and decides to reset the roster, I would be all for a trade package of Anthony, the Magic's FRP, Okeke, the Bulls and Nuggets FRPs, a SnT of Bamba, and expirings for Jayson Tatum and Celts throw-ins.
I’m sure you would. The Celtics would laugh and hang up
My point is not about the Celts or Smith per se. It is that Orlando could use a 24 year old more than a rookie. And a trade of Okeke, Anthony and the Magic's FRP for such a player is a better play for me than the Magic selecting in the draft.
I chose the Celts example only as Boston is likely to blow up its roster.
I see where you're heading although I agree with Knightro that Taytum is HIGHLY unlikely for any package, but it does show that even a team with TWO very young, very very good players, have tough decisions to make (once the guys get their big deals). Look at DAL -Luka is a god, but they went in on KP and now they're strapped. They don't have a single trade chip, IMO...Who are the teams that could decide they've got to start over with a different roster composition? A youngish team poorly constructed or maybe a new FO with a different vision...Not a POR situation with Dame and CJ suddenly on the move...I keep thinking NOLA is maybe headed that way towards removing Griffin, revisiting Zion's supporting cast and maybe, for a load of picks, etc, Ingram could be had. Aiming lower (and paying less) maybe NAW could do more elsewhere. SAC is always flirting with disassembly. The next place to look is for upcoming RFA's who might need bigger roles (and bigger paydays) than they can get where they are (I like Reddish). Teams have to make tough decisions when money is tight (ask OKC about MVP James Harden). GSW is rolling towards a ring with 3 non-contributing high-profile rookies...any chance they'd sell one for some current depth like TRoss (obviously we'd have to add, even for Moody). Does Carlisle have enough credit to blow up the IND roster if he thinks it's unsalvageable-could Sabonis and Turner finally be split (as is suggested every year). Could OKC just kick the can even farther down the road and sell SGA (who's very young but maybe getting pissed about waiting) for a boatload of picks and expiring guys and prospects? I'm not saying these are easy to do, but this is where GMs are made. Taking big swings-seeing something others don't yet see in a guy buried on a roster.
The thing about high picks is that they are also high-value trade chips. Generally, IMO, way overvalued vs. existing guys that can actually play. I am NOT excited about watching a guy like Holmgren end up suddenly looking like Poku because he's not working his magic on guys a foot shorter than he is. If you think Suggs is getting the rookie wake-up on his ball handling limitations, do you really think Chet, who is (rightly) given props for being able to dribble a bit, will pull those moves against NBA defenders? I don't...at least not for a long time. I'm certainly not opposed to a high draft pick, but trades need to be considered too. These kids are more of a crapshoot than ever.