The more I think and read about it, the more I am coming around to the idea that Elton Brand is a terrible GM, and has screwed this team's only chance (to use the assets Hinkie accumulated that weren't already destroyed by Colangelo) to become a Title contender.
We had 2 superstar level players primed to be here for the long run, an aging vet sniper who loved being here and loved his teammates, and an edgy superstar who had a questionable fit with the head coach and the "PG".
I would even go as far as to say I wasn't mad about the Harris trade because it brought in a 3rd option who was a perfect stretch 4 next to Embiid.
But, the way this offseason was handled was so, so, so poor.
If Jimmy was gone no matter what, then so be it. If Tobias was going to get that massive contract somewhere else, then so be it.
I think Elton got concerned with 2 things. 1 is his image. He didn't want Jimmy to be traded for a clear downgrade in Josh without making a splash move along with it to bail himself out.
And 2nd, he wanted to weaken the Celtics and saw it as a brilliant move that he would be applauded for pulling off.
Combining his image factor, he wanted to claim he signed a big time star level scorer, so he paid too much to lock down Tobias early rather than wait and see what he could get somewhere else and then offer slightly more or let him walk.
At least letting Tobias walk and not signing Horford would've meant being able to chase some of the lesser FAs that were out there, like resigning JJ, looking at other wing shooters, looking at potential for trades to find the right fits.
Elton took what could've been a masterpiece and shaped it together as quickly as he could with no regard to what it would actually become, just that it looked like it would grab attention in the moment.
I'm not even mad about Simmons and his situation because I think he could fit as a PF somehow and make it work with all his other talent.
But Harris and Horford were absolutely terrible decisions. At least if Harris could've been signed to the same contract but play stretch 4, I'd feel better about it.
Horford signing should've been a wing or guard who can score and shoot.
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