12footrim wrote:Wasn't Cousins traded for basically a doo doo platter? The Love trade is the exception IMO. The Cavs had a special circumstance and reason to win now. Love was also averaging 25 and 13 or something stupid on high efficiency.
PG is also known to want to go to the Lakers. That's just the perception if not the reality. 4 first rounders man. He's overatted as it is. Look at his real plus minus, his PER his barely playoff in the east team. He's not some superstar. He's probably more like the 30th best player if that.
If they gave up the Timberwolves what have they proven? That's a pick very likely still in the teens, and Atlanta overachieved this year, I doubt they would even be in the top 4 in the east next year even with Paul. Beats another 7 seed sweep and letting him walk anyway. I doubt they get even as good of a deal this year.
The wolves pick is in the late teens at best, because is lottery protected, other way it conveys in some 2nd rounders in like 2020 or so.
Cousins was traded for a 6th pick with 8 years of control, a top10 pick (and a chance to go up in the lottery), Galloway and Evans (which are probably better than the average odds of get rotation level players in the mid/late 20). In top of that Cousins had a lot of behaviour troubles in the past and even with that in mind the Kings FO was laughed about the return.
The leverage with Paul George resigning would come if he is traded to a contender, just like Love did. If a guy can get a max contract and a chance to be in a serious contender, I doubt he refuse to play for another team for just money. But thats on him I suppose. But if he is in my control, I would just play him and let him expire over being simply be laughed at for those kind of picks.
#42 Player Efficiency Rating
#38 Real plus minus (#235 defensive RPM)
Ultimately I just don't think he's that good. Not for the amount of hype and what you will have to pay him.
There are also plenty of good players not picked in the lottery. Kawhi, Greek Freak, Gobert, Draymond, IT, Jokic, Jimmy Butler, Lowry, Whiteside, DeAndre Jordan, Marc Gasol. Most of which could have been had with a pick in the 20's.That's a good bit of the top 30 player in the NBA right now that came from that area of the draft.
Think of all the bust in the lottery as well. Giving yourself 4 bites at the apple isn't nothing, which is what they are likely to get. Heck something to be said about getting 4 first rounders between 15-30 vs one #8 or whatever. People ignore the enormous amount of bust and disappointments even in the top 5.