GortatExpress wrote:As I see it, Otis made only one good move: trading Francis for Ariza and Penny. If one good move makes a GM a good one, then all 30 GMs in the league are great.
1. Nelson- questionable to sign him for a long term deal. If he was indeed a starting quality PG, we would not have been having discussions a few weeks ago about Arroyo v. Nelson, Nelson v. Dooling.
Who would you have signed if you were in his shoes?
Of course, assuming
that you could indeed sign them.
2. Draft: 2005- Fran, 2006- JJ, 2007- none. We would be in better shape if we got at least 1 quality starter from the last 3 drafts.
Yeah, that'd be great, but how many teams drafted starters after our pick?
2006: One? Two? Hell, even look at the two guys right before Redick: Sene, and O'Bryant.
2005: Again, one? Two?
3. Letting Darko and Grant Hill walk with nothing in return. This reminds me of when Shaq left and we had nothing to show for it. The Hill thing might also be the fault of the whole Magic management but Otis should have gotten something back for Darko. We lost a draft pick and Darko.
What do you propose we should have done?
People tend to ignore how things actually work, and just assume "Oh, Darko, we should have got something for him."
Even if you dream up something that might have worked, you can't just assume people would have went for it.
4. Ariza trade- I have no idea what Otis was thinking here. Evans is a NBA player but Cook is worthless and I doubt any team views him as more than a 12th man on the roster.
What happens at the end of the year had we kept Ariza? Or do we just throw all that out of consideration?
Evan has been playing well here, and he's a veteran who can probably be kept for relatively cheap if
we want to hang onto him.
5. Lewis contract- I think the jury is going to be out on this but the salary cap restrictions are going to be felt for a long time. My only worry is 2-3 years of 40-45 wins, continuous first round exits might make Dwight think about skipping town. Lewis's contract handcuffs the Magic so it will be interesting to see how things unfold.
I agree that we'll see how it goes, we obviously see the future of this team differently, but just to clarify, it's not like we could have just saved the cap space for this off-season or the next, or whatever it is that people act like we could or should have done.
So its 4-5 bad moves and 1 good move for Otis. I don't consider drafting Dwight on Otis's side because its hard to judge that it was purely Otis's call. Even if that were true, its 2 good for 5 bad moves. That doesn't exactly get my vote of confidence.
What a ridiculous way to look at it.
Yes, weigh something like drafting Dwight and trading Ariza for Evans and Cook, and letting Darko walk equally.
If we had drafted Emeka, but kept Darko and Ariza, would Otis be great? I mean that's "2 good for 1 bad". Come on.
My prediction: 2 straight years of being a first-round, mid level team, then Otis gets canned and the roster gets a makeover minus Lewis and Howard. I can see Hedo getting traded for a PG or PF and all of us will be wishing Lewis, Nelson and Cook were gone.
To each their own.
I don't see it happening that way, but we'll just have to wait and see.