E'Twaun Moore and the Perils of Asset AccumulationJeremy Lin all over again?
Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:38 AM
So the question is - is there an inherent danger in assembling a squad with too many NBA level players in it? Does the way that the inevitably required cuts of good players inflate the level of the talent pool available to other teams mean that Morey should be modifying his strategy slightly?
In another thread, I posted the list of players that we have cut from the roster this off-season. Here it is again:
Josh Harrelson -> Now with Miami
Jerome Jordan -> Now with Memphis
Jon Leuer -> Now with Cleveland
E'Twaun Moore -> Now with Orlando
Luis Scola -> Now with Phoenix
Livingston and Forbes are more than capable of finding a team to play for too, and someone will roll the dice with JaJuan Johnson, I expect. The net effect of some of our trades seems to be that we strip our trade partners of assets, only to throw them back onto the open market. The rest of the league are the beneficiaries of our strategy, and what's more it's possible that it could alienate our trade partners slightly (since there are rules in place that do not allow them to resign players they have traded away for a reasonably long length of time, IIRC).
You might say that we're picking the diamonds in the rough out of the detritus we're getting in trade, but in the case of many of these players we never actually got a good look at their play, so we don't really get that benefit out of it either.
Then of course there's the loss of face that comes with letting a good player slip away. Lin was initially a bit of an egg on the face for Morey and Alexander. Who's to say that won't happen again? Who's to say it's not happening right now?
Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:58 AM
Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:10 AM
agreed. we have to cut somebody and like blakecouey said and (IMO) we are keeping the right ones most of the time
I see where you're coming from, but the fact that we have too many good players that we have to cut some of them is a good problem to have. At the time of the cuts the only one that had any trade value was Scola, and that value wasn't going to bring us back anything we wanted(as it would've left us taking an equally bad contract back most likely). Same thing goes with Lin last year. I understand the disdain for letting these guys go, when they're high enough caliber to get a job elsewhere, but they wouldn't have gotten a chance here, and at this point I do believe we kept the right guys(that could change, but none of us can predict the future).
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:30 AM
Posted 08 November 2012 - 06:56 PM
There will always be guys with talent coming up through our system, but if they don't fit the team as constructed c'est la vie.
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