With all of the speculation surrounding the potential trading of future picks, I thought it might be time to revisit a post written earlier in the year.
In Part 1, I wrote:
Calculated risks are a big element of team management. This Houston Rockets team had a nucleus last year which, if healthy, could have realistically contended for the championship. If Daryl Morey felt that the probability of Artest’s presence pushing the team into the elite outweighed the odds that Donte Greene himself ever became elite, then the trade was justified. And I do think this was the case.
As we know, Omri Casspi is what that other pick included in the deal became and he is a legitimate NBA player, certainly making the merits of the initial deal a bit more open for debate. But I still stand by my earlier stance. That Houston Rockets team, as composed, if healthy, had all the ingredients for a title run. For a stronger chance at a championship, in ammunition in the person of Ron Artest, dealing two late first-rounders in an era when they can be bought for pocket change was a no-brainer.
A reader writes:
Just wondering if you’ll be addressing the recent news of the 76ers and their willingness to trade the 2nd overall pick (most likely Turner) only along with Brand. I’m curious on what your thoughts on it would be.
Thus far, I’ve refrained from commenting on the draft. As my exposure to these prospects is limited to scant tournament coverage and online clips, I just don’t know enough about any of these guys to feel comfortable passing any judgment.
I can say a few things, which will come to most as, I think, fairly intuitive. First, there seems to be a misunderstanding of that ESPN report regarding the pick. The cost would not simply be absorption of Brand’s contract. (ie: you could not just offer Jeffries and Battier and satisfy Philadelphia’s demands.) Taking back Brand is merely the stipulation that would drive the remaining cost for a #2 pick down to somewhat reasonable levels. You would still need to include plus-assets to get this done.
Daryl Morey values flexibility. It’s what allows a club to get the most out of its salary cap. At the same time, it is undeniable that moreso than any other team sport, the preponderance of one individual can have immeasurable effects. And the draft is invariably the cheapest route to obtain greatness, if even in its infancy.
There is also the rumor, recently tweeted by Larry Coon, that the new collective bargaining agreement may include some form of one-time grace provision for undesirable long-term deals. We don’t know so it would certainly be a risk.
Are either of Evan Turner or DeMarcus Cousins worth sacrificing that flexibility? I don’t know, so I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.
via The Toronto Sun:
Turns out there is a list that Colangelo has, but it didn’t come from Thomas.
Last night, Thomas revealed he has never submitted a list to Colangelo like the one Ford described and never would.
“Why would I do that?” Thomas said to the Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman. “We’re still in a process of evaluating a lot different situations.”
According to Thomas, the whole Bosh scenario remains very much an on-going process and to limit himself to any number of teams would be counter productive.
“I haven’t closed the door on anything,” Thomas insisted. “I haven’t given Bryan any lists. There is no list. This is a process that is ongoing.”
There were other reports last night, though, of the existence of a longer list that is in the Raptors’ possession that lists trade partners that are acceptable to Bosh. The list is reportedly longer than the five names in the ESPN story.
Bosh can become a free agent June 30. If he opts to go that route he would forfeit approximately $30 million US on the kind of maximum deal only the Raptors can offer. In order to cash in on that kind of deal with another team, he would have to first sign with Toronto and then be traded within 48 hours.
Both Bosh and Colangelo in their season-ending meetings with the Toronto media made it very clear that the two have agreed, if Bosh does not stay in Toronto, the two sides will work in tandem to pull off a sign and trade.
It benefits Bosh because it allows him to leave while not having to forfeit any potential future income. It works in the Raptors’ favour because they can at least get something in return, something they won’t get if he just signs elsewhere.
Among the teams not on the ESPN list that are believed to be possible landing spots for the 26-year-old power forward are the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Thanks to a commenter for passing this on.
via the Chronicle:
Soon after the ESPN.com report, Chris Broussard went on ESPN to say there are several additional teams that interest Bosh. I heard Friday afternoon that there are “a handful” of teams on the initial wish list, but that the five teams listed in the ESPN.com story were not quite right.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel later quoted Bosh’s agent Henry Thomas (also Wade’s agent) saying he has not given any list of any kind to Colangelo.
My guess is that the Rockets had not made him their heart’s desire without some hint along the way from someone that Bosh would at least hear and consider their pitch.
I have not heard that. Bosh has not shown his hand any more than the other top free agents. (For a guy who tweets what he has for breakfast, it would be nice if Bosh weighed in on this.) But if we hear rumors, surely teams do, too. And if Bosh had given the Raptors a list, Morey could get that from Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo. He would not have to hear a rumor. And he could adjust his shopping list accordingly.
Besides, it is May. Free agency starts in July. A lot changes in that much time. It always does. Two weeks before the Rockets trade for Ron Artest, it was dead. Things change.
Of course, Feigen does go on to say that the Houston Rockets “would seem a long shot.” But at the least, those of us hoping for Bosh can seek solace in the fact that perhaps, the initial report was not accurate.