Whole Truth wrote:VCfor3 wrote:I think I prefer the second deal there since we could probably use the extra cap space to net some solid value later on.
Random aside, but I wonder if UTA really does consider moving Gobert this offseason/season. I'm not sure if they are willing to pay him and if he gets moved then that 2021 pick very well may fall in the back half of the lottery.
Besides the cap space, I don't really want to part with Clarke neither even though he projects as a high end role player. With Jonas, Clarke & Onyeka surrounding 3J, Memphis would also get a good look at what varying skillset better compliments 3J's game long term or decide if they are better off with the quality depth & versatility of all 4 for a taxing position, noting 3J has yet to play a full season, which makes quality depth important to sustain wins. Either way, Clarke & potentially Onyeka would become young proven talent which teams value in trade over just a set of unknown value picks that could or not contain value. Onyeka looks good next to 3J, they can then dangle Clarke to a team like Minnesota knowing they have a better fit in the rotation eliminating any guess work.
Utah could lose both Gobert & Ingles but having Mitchell, I wouldn't bet against them. I can see them replacing Gobert with your example of Noel long before Memphis can replace Jonas with a similar talent. Jonas can actually create his own offense on a team that lacks proper spacing where Gobert benefits from the defensive attention Mitchell commands.
Yeah but Utah's defense would fall off a cliff with Gobert gone. Mitchell is great which is why I say late lottery-ish. I think he gets them close but just short of making the playoffs though I guess it depends on what Gobert would return too.