Re: tank and acquisitions
posted at 1/11/2014 3:56 AM EST
Keep this in mind now that we've reached the point of the season where so-called "tanking" begins in earnest. By now, teams have evaluated what they have and where they are going. Some of them won't like it. Some will identify a core of players, identify the tradeable remainder and pawn off that which is pawnable. They might weaken their current product in exchange for future flexibility and assets. That is not mere terminology talking: That really is what happens. This is exactly what the Deng trade was for Chicago. And there will be more of this. Teams out of the hunt will look to the future.
Is that tanking? Is that deliberate losing? Sure, if deliberate losing and tanking are hereby defined as the weakening of the chances of winning the next game.
But no matter how important or attainable the short term goals are, the big picture is always present. It is not an endemic problem permeating the entire league. It is a strategy shift teams adopt if circumstances demand it. Often times, it is the best strategy there is.
And without a truly free market, it will stay so.
Lee was pawned off for Bayless for cap reasons. We've yet to find out the core vs the tradeable remainders. Some here say Hump, Bass, Wallace and Lee were/are the tradeables. I have some doubts. Hump is arguably our best PF. Other than getting another expiring contract and some out-of-the-lottery draft pick for him, why move him at all if he can become a core player with a much friendlier contract.
So, what if Danny/Brad have identified the core (for example) as Rondo (by default), Green, Sully & Hump with Oly (by default) needing another year to develop (unless he is packaged with a pick for a vet player or to move up in the draft)? Then the tradeables and pawns become Crawford, Bradley, Wallace, Bogans, Bass, Fav, Brooks & Pressey.
If our best players are to remain as the core then are best tradeable assets are Bass, Oly, Bradley and Crawford. Fav, Brooks, Bogans & Pressey are pawns. Wallace is an untradeable other than swapping a better bad contract for his worse bad contract.