While I do not disagree with your statement, I am not certain it applies to these two instances.
Indiana has a good thing going up there and Matthews has been around (and made some serious $) for a while. Maybe he just looks at the West and thinks it's all about the Warriors and prefers the East where he has a legitimate shot to reach the Finals (I don't think Indy gets there without Oladipo, but when healthy they're very good). Maybe they promised him lots of minutes?
Ellington signing with Detroit makes (almost) ZERO sense. Maybe they promised him lots of minutes too? I don't know. I wouldn't go near Detroit right now if I were playing (and had options).
Back to Tilman...I agree it is inevitable that, over time, his tight purse strings will affect the franchise negatively (and maybe already has). I always assumed that Les let Morey do his job without much hindrance (aside from not allowing him to tank). It's part of why you hire a guy like Morey and pay him lots of money--to be smarter than you. I mean, what's the point if you are just going to undermine them with your own opinions/agenda? Seems like a lot of money to pay for a "fall guy" to fire when things go wrong.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit irritated with management right now.
I don't think the answer to all of our problems was out there at the deadline this year. Perhaps we didn't really help our current situation but we also didn't throw a bunch of money away on a one-year rental (The Process) while maintaining our flexibility for a stacked offseason this summer. I don't think Shump makes us a contender himself but I do see him filling a similar role to Luc or Trevor from last year. Has played with the current GOAT (i hate this debate) and has seen first hand what it takes to get to the top.
I'll be miffed with management if we sit on our hands this July trying to stay below the threshold.
Edited by slick shoes, 11 February 2019 - 05:53 PM.