Inigo Montoya wrote:sipclip wrote:This is an absolute non starter with the 1st rd pick thrown in. We need to stop with the stupid trading 1sts for future free agents. It has set this franchise back forever.
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I tend to agree. If we have to trade 1sts, at least do it for a real game-changer. Porter will not change the fortunes of this team.
I think I disagree on both counts.
(1) trading 1sts: I agree that trading picks for expiring players has damaged us - in particular, sending out two firsts for Conley, which was clearly a mistake [I thought two firsts was too much, but I didn't think it was horrific, by any means]. That being said, the team has generally been worse with Conley, other than a few small stretches.
(2) Porter is exactly the kind of player that fits with our system, and he's also proven willing to take a secondary/tertiary role, while being EXTREMELY efficient at it (career 48/40/78 shooter). He was the player I wanted when we were targeting Conley, because he seemed like someone who clearly had the potential to break out if given the opportunity to scale up his scoring. After being traded to Chicago, he did show that his efficiency scales with higher volume. To me, that means when we have a situation where someone is hurt, Porter can scale up. But not only that, he is someone who can be a third/fourth option for the foreseeable future. This - of course - assumes that we retained him. I don't think that would be a huge worry. We'd have his bird rights, and I think he would really enjoy playing for us.
(3) Even if we did lose him, I think a year of seeing the team with Mitchell at point guard is worth moving down in this draft in particular. One, because it's actually fairly deep...but two, because our ability to work out players is likely going to be significantly reduced...I think this will be a higher variance draft than normal. Generally, we've made fairly solid decisions in who we pick (with Grayson Allen being IMO the lone exception).
(4) He's also a very good defender, which is something we desperately need. Only four players on our roster posted positive defensive RAPTOR ratings, Rudy, Royce, Joe, and Bradley. Rudy - as we've seen - carries the team on that end. We need to get him some help (especially another guy that can rebound) and Porter would be perfect for that role.
IDK I have always loved Porter (since his days in Georgetown). He's a very cerebral player who never forces the issue, and is just extremely reliable. He's kind of like what Marvin Williams was for us, but on steroids, and to me - a chance at retaining that player long term is much more valuable than the 24th pick in a draft filled with uncertainty.