I’m not saying for sure it is better and there are still many issues to be addressed but to think Masai was giving up on this season with this trade is ridiculous, to me.
It could very well turn out that they struggle but I don’t think so, I think they have a more traditional offence now that there is one less ball-stopper on the floor, I think they are better at the backup point guard spot, I think this might free up more opportunities for Valanciunas and Amir.
Sometimes, really, less is more.
And I know Masai. He is not of the mind of playing to lose, it goes against a lot of what he stands for and believes in, he will tweak and make more bold moves and know that everything is a gamble and that some will fail.
This whole nebulous “tank” thing makes me, frankly, sick. First off, it takes years to truly tear at team down, it doesn’t happen in one or ever two transactions. It’s a fake word that over-simplifies a process; a trite expression invented for no other reason than to irk me, I bet.
And if you don’t have those years, or that predilection of getting truly horrible, you make trades simply to further your cause for what you want the roster to become and see how it works out.
Masai, with this deal, has rid himself of his most troubling contract and, in some ways, made his team better. It’s a step, one step in a long process of changing things.