Ruzious wrote:I don't get why Boston just extended Josh Richardson for next year. It seems clear that they've given up on getting cap space for next offseason. Seems like they've committed to defense in the backcourt - with him and Smart - but where's the scoring and play-making there? I guess they feel they can do that with Tatum and Brown being the forwards - and have the offense run through their forwards. My feeling is they're a solid 42 to 45 wins team, but they're not going anywhere. And they don't have the pieces to trade for Beal unless Tommy loses his mind.
Since they have abandoned the cap room route, it looks like they want tradeable contracts to use to match salary. But, as you say, I don't see Sheppard going for it unless he loses his mind.
Prior to the Richardson signing, there was at least the plausible threat that Boston could sacrifice a 1st to dump Smart, then stretch Horford, and then have max room to sign Beal outright. That implied threat would then force Sheppard to trade Beal for a lowball offer rather than risk losing him for nothing.
But with this Richardson signing, I think that threat is gone. I don't see how Boston could possibly get under the cap now, which means Sheppard can tell Boston to go pound sand when they offer some lowball deal for Beal next summer. Even if Beal really wants to go there, he no longer has the leverage to get there. The only threat Beal can make is "trade me to Boston or I'll opt out and go sign with Detroit". I don't think Beal would make that threat, and I don't think Sheppard would believe it if he did, particularly since Beal would lose out on a 5th year in that scenario.
I wonder if Brad Stevens has heard through Tatum that Beal has no intention of demanding a trade to Boston.