And again: anti-tankers keep conflating "tanking" with simply "sucking." The competitive Sacramento years were marked by them losing their key players to free agency or making bad trades. Proper tank/rebuilds are marked by collecting assets on the way down and letting them appreciate so you rocket out of the bad part as quickly as you can.That Kings organization was noted as one of the very best in the league for half of the last decade. They had some reasonable success in the very competitive and dominate west. Then their window closed and they chose to demolish and start over from the ground up, to tank year over year. It's not surprising to hear advocates of tanking rub our faces in the few cases where a team has made it work(albeit not achieve the objective of all 30 teams) while denouncing the multitude of examples of where it hasn't worked.
Nobody disputes that right now the Raptors are a low-playoff seed at best. The problem is that they are not likely to get much better than that.They removed a player who's play was counter to winning and they added a few guys who fill needs, who improve the 34 win team right now. Right now they have a team that should win at least 34 games. I will go that far, they're not tanking based on what's happened so far.
The only major trade in the 2013 draft that wasn't simply pick-for-pick-and-change was the NO/Philly trade, which sent an All-Star to NO in exchange for Nerlens Noel (who went sixth, remember) and a future pick. We don't have an All-Star handy. The simple truth about draft picks is that they get more expensive as you get closer to the draft and their value becomes more clear (as the ranking of the pick gets more established and the level of the players you can draft with it becomes more apparent).One more point. Refusing to compromise does not mean they can't/won't trade into the lottery to get the guy they want. I realize people are going to say that it's not possible because that's what they see on TV but TV and reality are two different things. We should have learned that just by watching the 2013 draft night play out.
wonder what trades they are working on
I feel they are sitting on their hands and waiting.
If nothing comes along that knocks their socks off, they roll in to 2013-14 as is.
I would not expect Ujiri to be proactive in seeking deals until December 15th when off season free agents can be moved.
**BTW, totally talking out of my ass as I'm sure everyone is use to.**
"Championships are what we live for, now lets go win them."Tim Leiweke
Basketball has clear winners every night --except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance.
imo Weltman's interview (synopsis above) is still a hedge meaning we still dont know what is going to happen going forward re a major trade. As someone mentioned above Clev. may still be in play re Gay if their try for Bynum falls thru. They have the picks and players and cash to absorb. More importantly they want to be in win mode this year. Their other possibility for a SF is Kirilenko.
I understand Ujiri will be on the McCown show @ 6pm.
Listened to Steve Kerr interview during the playoffs... and he's mentioned one very good point - "it is relatively easy to build a playoff team; it is much harder to convert it into a true contender". I'd argue that these "couple of moves" you are talking about could not be made with this existing roster because our both primary trade chips (Gay, DD) are highly overpriced. Of course, it could be possible if at least one of them comes out the gates and plays at at an all star level for two straight months... before the trade deadline but I'm just being realistic and not seeing this option as "likely". Would love that to happen (and would you trade either one if they play lights out for two straight months??) though...
I haven't seen the Novak presser; heard Weltman on the radio; and I may not get a chance to listen to MU on PrimeTime.. but from what I've read recently it appears the team wants to just chill.
Go into the season without much change. If the team does well, then they build from there (like Indiana has done the last few years). If the team does poorly they will tear it down and rebuild.
So it looks like if the tankers want to get a head start at Wiggins it may not happen unless the team goes 4-19 again (which is probable but unlikely).
Okay so let me understand this
We trade Rudy Gay, our best player, who is only 26, who actually wants to be here, who is a better defender tgen people thought as he proved since he got in TO, who is arguable a top 7 SF in our league ( 20+ pts, 5-6 Rebs, 3-4 assts, 1.5 steals and blocks per game) for who ? We do this to tank so on the very very very small chance we get a top 5 pick so we have an even smaller chance of getting AW ?????
And if we don't get a top 3 puck, then we have to suffer again in mediocraty for how many more years ?
Agree Rudy is over paid but so are 80% of the players. Every team needs one star and Rudy is ours
Better to trade DD
Tanking is not an answer for our fans, our players, our team and BB in general.
This season is about a culture change, not about tanking. Ujiri moves Bargs, who is aguably the softest player in the league, and brings in Hansborough, who is one of the toughest, dirtiest players in the game today. This is about sending a message to the team about what kind of squad we want to be. Our starting five right now:
with Hansborough, Ross, and Novak as your primary back ups. Then you have Stone and Acy ready to play spot minutes. That is a team that should be built on hustle, defense, and toughness. Is it a title contender? No, and I'd argue it's a team whose goal this year should be to get to the first round and try to take a game or two off one of the top teams.
What we need, more than a high pick, is a direction for this team. We have the players and the coach to begin to shape that a bit and follow the mold of a team like the Pacers. Intentionally losing games sets us back, and if you start sacrificing the core we do have in order to maybe get a good draft pick, you set this franchise back.
That said, if you get to February and the team is looking like garbage, it might be time to blow it up.
"When Life gives you lemons, you clone those Lemons to make super lemons!"
the challenge that is just starting to become apparent to me is that because of the situation Ujiri was left it, he is forced to be opportunistic. Instead of going out and actively hunting, he is setting traps and waiting.
A good core, solid asset management around the core, bringing in young talent, having an established direction/culture, would put this team in the direction they want to head to. I personally like this "want to follow the Indiana mold" type stuff, because looking at Indiana now, to where they were a couple years back, it looks good.
I wonder at what point next season MU would consider it a lost season?
If the team goes 5-15 in their first 20 should he rebuild? What about 10-10? Or 12-8?
There is a fine line about being bad, mediocre and good. At what point does he cross the line without falling into the 7-11 trap?
Ujiri is not a Tanker. Even if he did/does decide to trade Gay, he'd try to bring back valuable pieces that will still help this team compete like he did with Melo.
When you factor in how inefficient Andrea was last year and how little time he actually played and then consider how solid Tyler is and how he fits Casey's system it's easy to say Tyler is an upgrade; note that I'm not saying more talented. A big man rotation of JV and Amir starting with Hansborough being the primary off the bench will be more productive. Not to mentioned JV should take another step forward this year.
With all else remaining equal, along with a three point marksman providing a different look every now and then it's not outlandish to think that they can win four to six more games this year if everyone stays healthy. That puts them in at 38-40 wins; 8th seed won 38 last season.
A round one dance with the Champs is a legit possibility.
Yeah, not to mention Gay for an entire season and with everybody used to playing with him; chemistry.
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