sam_I_am wrote:I have been hearing a lot of people talking about how we should trade Brown before we have to pay him and this makes no sense. If you google Top NBA SFs you’ll see a varied bunch of lists but in general it goes something like this:
1. Durant (injured)
A healthy pre-injury Hayward probably gets you to 5-7 range.
Then you get Bogdanovich, Aaron Gordon, Wiggins, Ingram, Otto Porter etc.
If you include bigger SGs you get DeRozan, Klay, Beal, Harden, Doncic etc.
Anyway, my point is that both Tatum and Brown are on a trajectory to be a top 10 wings especially when you consider that in the last 3 drafts only RJ Barrett, Doncic and maybe Michael Porter are in their class. It’s silly to even consider trading Brown unless you are getting an absolute stud big man in return. I think that is true even if Brown never gets any better which is highly unlikely. When Brown is 27 it will be 2023. How many guys out of top 7-8 will still be all stars? Kawhi @ 32 is probably the only one assuming he remains healthy.
There are not a lot of great young wings right now and we actually have 3 of them if Hayward bounces back like we expect. Hayward probably opts out this year for that very reason unless he sucks this year - so if I had to trade one it would be him.
Agreed completely. Wing is the most valuable position in the NBA. Both Tatum and Brown are two-way players with length, who can shoot the 3, and have shown strong potential getting to the rim. No way I'm trading either of those for a big like Capela or Sabonis. If KAT becomes available, ok I'll trade Brown (and a hoard of other assets) but otherwise I'm letting these guys develop.
Same with Hayward for that matter - not trading a potential all-star wing for a guy like Steven Adams...