Norm2953 wrote:I've been hoping for the off-season for some time for those accountants in Seattle and the front office
are headed for some hard times. After Portland goes out in the first round, those accountants will ask
why we are paying luxury taxes for a team that can't get out of the first round and why two guards
who have been here since 2013 are going to take up 80% of the team's cap. NO will hem and haw and
bring up loyalty and Dame's best friend and the accountants will bring up the balance sheet says this
team is paying Dame $196 Million for his loyalty.
I really hope the accountants win in the end and NO gets fired for while Powell may be better today than
GTJ, he's also six years older and his next contract almost certainly will be more than what GTJ gets this
off season. We gave up our best young player and its going to be felt in 2024 when both Dame/CJ are in
the down sides of their career
And the problem with Norm constantly wanting to tank and trade every talented player over the age of 25 is that eventually all of those young players will be due for contract extensions. We saw that first-hand when trying to keep the Dame/Matthews/Batum/Aldridge/Lopez team together, and we're seeing it again now. Given the choice between being a darkhorse contender and being a talent farm for the big market teams, I'd rather have the hope that this team gels and peaks come playoffs.
BlazersBroncos wrote:At the same time, who the hell is out there in a CJ trade?
Bradley Beal! CJ + anything they ask for Beal! Dame/Powell/Beal/Covington/Nurkić is sneaky scary good.
It's not so much wanting to trade guys who are over 25 but avoid paying too many second contracts for how nice it would
be if we had taken the time to not rush to sign CJ to his second contract after paying Dame his $196/4 deal. Anyone who
can look at a balance sheet could see paying out such two second contracts for the same position is a real problem balancing
out a roster for those guys simply destroy a team's contract flexibility (unless that team is the Lakers) who can get guys to come
without flexibility. A team like the GSW could do this for Klay was an all-star level, all-pro defensive player unlike CJ who
has never made an all-star appearances
That 2014 team might have stayed together if LA had stayed together with PA as the owner but Matthews' Achillies injury
made him an injury risk, Portland did not want and we all remember Wiz describing Portland's salary problems that summer
in 2014. NO made the conscious decision to tear it down after LA left but made bad decisions with guys like Nicholson who
still sits on Portland's cap. I never liked Batum trade for Portland's return (Henderson, Vonleh) made little sense for Portland
has been looking for his replacement ever since then and still will be looking this summer. They were afraid he would walk
but he played 5 seasons on a mediocre Charlotte team.
The thing to do with a supermax player unless you're in a situation like the GSW who were a championship contender
is to balance him with plenty of cost controlled players on good contracts. Keep the young players you really need and
let the others go before they get to their second contract.