316Hornets wrote: SWedd523 wrote:
Draft pick(s), veteran leader that isn't lazy.
We could bring in hayward and stretch Biz and stay under the luxury tax?
You take a huge risk just hoping Hayward returns to form, if not, you add yet another albatross contract to the books. If he does, he pushes you to the 10th-12th pick, which is not where the team should be if they want to rebuild.
And stretching contracts is a non starter. That's not something you do as a rebuilding team
His contract would end the same time as Batum's. Are we really planning on competing with Batum on the books? Hayward isn't going to return to form in my opinion. He has lost a step and is working hard to just not be a negative player.
Competing isn't what matters. Having the space and flexibility to make things happen is.
I'll reiterate again.
If he returns to form, we're looking at the 10-12th draft pick. That's bad
If he doesn't return to form, we're looking at an untradable contract to go along with the OTHER untradable contract already on the books. That's also bad
Then you want to stretch a contract, which puts dead space on the books and loses a potential asset in the form of an expiring contract. That's bad too
Teams routinely use cap space in order to facilitate trades, picking up assets in the form of expiring contracts, young players, or draft picks. You remove that capability by locking yourself into massive amounts of money in Batum/Hayward. Even more bad
It's just a lot of bad, all around.