First time, long time.
That's a pretty poor take. It makes us more competitive over the next couple years which hopefully helps keep Lavine and possibly attract other free agents. I don't think they are done yet either.Reading it does nothing for the franchise long term. That the mid 1st round picks are worth more than the players
What makes the trade for Vucevic even better is that it was front loaded. He'll make $26M this year, and then $24M and $22M the next two seasons. So sure, he may be declining by by 2023, but he won't be eating up a ton of cap space, and he'd be much easier to move. In the meantime, he's an excellent offensive piece for this team and it's going to be great seeing him and Lavine working a two-man game.Vucevic is here until 2022-23 when he'll be 33 years old, at which point, he probably won't be an All-Star anymore and clearly declining.
Long term, yeah, it doesn't do much for us in terms of actually winning a championship. But it makes us better right now, and is better than standing pat with this crappy roster and uncertainty of both the draft and NBA free agency. If we were a gutter trash team with a chance at the #1 pick, I could see differently, but we have a very slim chance of the #1 pick without tanking the rest of the way.
Mid-1st round picks are not worth that much. It's like a 4th rounder in the NFL. You don't find a whole lot of stars mid-round, and if teams do, its generally sheer luck. Often any stars who have formed out of mid-round picks have taken years to get to that point (Kawhi and Greek come to mind).
Was he really? ESPN deadline tracker has been dogshit today.