Originally Posted by Acie
The VC trade set the franchise back while it was trying to rebuild?
By bringing back picks? Because we all know that rebuilding teams don't like to stockpile picks.
By shedding Carter's salary, the Raps saved around 60 million dollars down the road. Rebuilding teams don't like capspace do they?
Yeah, two first round picks from two teams that were both playoff teams (Philly and Denver). Yeah, so those late first round picks are so valuable. Especially when Babcock uses one on Joey Graham and trades the other away for a finished Antonio Davis.
And what exactly did the team do with all that precious cap room they saved? Nothing. Vince would have been an expiring contract in 2006-07 (if he even picked up his player option, which I doubt he would have), when BC came in and wanted to make his moves, so that contract would not have been prohibitive.
Anyway, the point isn't even that the return he got actually hurt the team (though it did), but that he could easily have gotten so much more. Similarly, Bosh
walking cost the team a great deal - even though the TPE and first rounders coming back are useful, if Bosh
had let it be known he was leaving and was traded before he walked, we'd be in arguably a much better position than we are now. So if that trade was the best offer out there at the time, why settle for crap when you could just give it a try the next offseason, then the next deadline, then the next offseason, etc, since you know you are rebuilding anyway. No rush to throw away your only trade asset.