Econ101 wrote:"Winning" the deal is not just about the trade on paper.
- Lowry was the best player in franchise history. Getting him to Miami shows the league that we treat our players right. That goodwill is not measurable but is noticed by other players.
- I doubt there was much offered since everyone knew Lowry wanted to play for a contender, who are typically over the cap. Therefore this type of trade needed to be made.
- Dragic's salary allows us flexibility if a trade comes up. It may not materialize but you need to have assets to trade.
- Achiuwa, despite all his flaws, has talent and fits well in our defensive system. Hopefully our coaches can teach him to have a decent shot.
The game is not played in a vacuum, sometimes you have to take swings and hope they pan out. I trust our front office.
This is a dangerous form of rationality. It sounds like Colangelo level gm'ing. Occassionally the FO makes blunders, misjudges the market, and flubs on prospects and it just so happened they hit the trifecta with this one.
Lowry would have went to Miami regardless (maybe he would have made less) and helping a rival get the player they tampered for is just weak. What did it show other players when we dumped Demar for a title chase?
Dragic was supposed to never be a Raptor but all the deals dried up. Now instead of playing him and upping his value we bench him and hope someone wants an $18m guy who hasn't played in months.
Achuiwa is a nothing player at this stage. Birch got hurt and he still only played 24 minutes because no one trusts the guy. He takes dumb soul draining shots and pretty much can only rebound and gamble for steals. Literally every time he touches the ball you can feel Jack holding his breath waiting for a turnover.
If we didn't sign and trade Lowry or sign Birch or waited to sign Trent Jr after signing a few real NBA players we would be in much better shape. I said it at the beginning that if we believe in this core invest in a true bench.
This FO is such a mess. We went from hey this a rebuild season to playing Pascal/FVV/OG 40 minutes to chase wins. What is this team doing at this stage developing or going for 8th?
What is crazy to me is that Masai gets re-signed and joins the Board and now we cannot be a tax paying team. You'd think he would be willing to spend with his new power.