closg00 wrote:Ghost of Ernie
He's not the ghost of Ernie, not at all.
Ernie traded away draft picks & signed short-term, end-of-career veterans. He also never took a long-term point of view.
Tommy's never traded away a draft pick (the one exception being the Wall<>Westbrook trade -- & it's looking like we won't actually have to deliver that pick). Tommy also managed to unload John Wall's "untradable" contract.
OTOH, there's more than one way to be an ineffective GM, alas. & Tommy has been ineffective. 38 wins in '18-19 got Ernie fired. In 4 years, Tommy's new regime has gotten us nowhere. We are unlikely to make it to 38 wins.
We are, nonetheless, a better-positioned team than Ernie's last squad.
Here are a bunch of guys who played minutes for the '18-19 Wizards: John Jenkins, Devin Robinson, Sam Dekker, Chasson Randle, Austin Rivers, Ron Baker, Wes Johnson, & Okaro White.
To those 8, one can add Jabari Parker, Jeff Green, Trevor Ariza, Ian Mahinmi, Dwight Howard, Markieff Morris, Jason Smith & Bobby Portis, none of whom was both affordable & wise to bring back.
Satoransky -- who was expiring & whom Tommy managed to trade for two high R2 picks -- an excellent deal, IMO.
Troy Brown -- whom Tommy traded for Gafford (obviously an excellent deal).
John Wall -- injured & could not play while carrying an "untradable" contract.
Thomas Bryant -- whom Tommy signed to a high-value 3-year deal. Unfortunately we only got 1 of those seasons from him before injury derailed him.
Bradley Beal -- there was obviously NO WAY the team was going to trade Brad in the 2018-19 off-season.
It's easy to forget what a mess Ernie left: when Tommy took the job, he had as close to absolutely nothing to work with
as can be imagined.
1. Next to no one who could even take the court (Beal, Brown, Bryant, Mahinmi & McRae -- that's it!)
2. Next to no one who could be traded (Sato brought a couple of future R2 picks; Howard brought the corpse of CJ Miles)
He filled out the roster by sleight of hand; did an incredible job to tell the truth!
If Tommy had managed the 2019 & 2020 drafts well, we'd be singing his praises in chorus!
But... he didn't. Then he didn't manage the '21 draft any better. & screwed up the '22 draft.