Inigo Montoya wrote:
babyjax13 wrote:I don't think it threw away the next 5-7 years. If we want to move any of these players and do a soft reset, we can.
Once Gobert signs his supermax and DM signs his max contract, this team will be capped out with no way to bring more high-end talent to help them. The only players with real value on the Jazz are Gobert and DM so doing a soft resent isn't very likely. Also, time is against us, as Gobert will be on the last year of his contract next season, which will reduce the assets we could get for him. Once he signs a supermax deal, his cost will also affect his trade value--at the time of its signing, it might be the biggest contract in league history. We also traded so many picks and let players go for nothing or held onto them too long that their value had depreciated and we got very little to nothing for them, so the Jazz have very little assets left. If we keep this core we'll be stuck in 1st-2nd round exit purgatory for the duration of Gobert and DM's contracts, which is why imho we threw these years away, because that is supposedly not the goal.
Look, I don't think we did the greatest job of asset management, especially with the string of picks we have traded for stopgap point guards...but I think you are overly doom and gloom. We weren't going to have cap space for free agency anyway, so the question is, can we put together attractive trade packages for players that can push us over the edge? I think the answer to that question is yes.
Next season we will have around $44 million in expiring contracts, we will have Bogey and Jingles who can be flipped for some value, we will have some picks down the road, etc. I don't know if this core can ever get over the hump, but the difference between that happening and not was not Malcolm Brogdon, Spencer Dinwiddie, or D'Angelo. The way we get there is (a) a well-built roster that compliments our star players, and (b) luck. Right now, we have a good chunk of what we need for (a)...admittedly, Conley wasn't what I had imagined he'd be, but Bojan was every bit of it. Put together a good bench, and we are absolutely a contender.