sixers hoops wrote:I thought the Butler trade was good, but the Harris trade sucked.
I think the Butler trade was good. But what was the plan? Butler has been a malcontent everywhere and has issues with coaches and aloof teammates. The personality and on-court fit issues should have been predicted. Was the plan to go all-in on one season?
I’m not elton brand so here’s my guess..
First of all, you can’t predict chemistry or emotions. Maybe Jimmy was the guy the FO was expecting to inspire Biid and Ben. The “veteran leadership” they needed. And Jimmy certainly was. I’ve never seen a guy on our team that Biid looked up to.
That said, I think as a GM when you can trade for a first tier star or borderline superstar guard for a bunch of role players who will never be a third tier star, you pull that trigger. So from risk vs reward standpoint, this made sense.
Then Jimmy is the archetype player we need. Other attempts that failed were Fultz and Zhaire. Last season we tried to find it with JRich and Burks.
You can’t also look at it in a vacuum. It’s an arms race. If you don’t trade for Jimmy, Celtics may also be able to acquire him and just makes your team worse by the competition getting better.
It was all OK, if you can remember. Ben was playing point. Jimmy was passive. Jimmy was playing the EXACT role of Robert Covington
Guys were saying Jimmy always play passive when he is new to a team. But Jimmy got fed up because he find our offense (tailored for Ben) was a gimmick. He asks for more pick and rolls for Brett and that started the chaos.
We look at Biid and Ben as stars with 90 something rating with the NBA2K in our minds but these guys have big egos. They look at themselves bigger than they are. And at this point, neither of them are willing to step down.
It’s like when you are a harvard grad and you are asked to work at McDonalds before you can work at a high position Google. You’ll feel disrespected because you are overqualified and you fear that your temporary role will be permanent because of association.
As a completely exaggerated example, think of what Kendall Jenner will think of him? Jordan Clarkson or Kyle Kuzma suddenly becomes a higher echelon player
Will Ben Simmons get endorsements and increase his chance to get a shoe line from Nike when he’d be playing like Daniel Theis on offense? And honestly, Klutch Sports will not allow it.
These guys feel the pain and knows the injuries, they know they are one freak injury away from calling it a career. They can’t wait for their opportunity to come. Specially when they are crowned prince from day one.
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