Originally Posted by DanH
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.
Way to let jeff off the hook, Dan.
Philly finished only two games over .500, so it was more like a mid-round pick and Babcock did not trade the other pick - Embry did, which could've easily been used to select Rondo.
And regardless, those picks were assets. One that allowed us to get rid of Rose and one that allowed us to pick the strongest player ever.
Futhermore, the Carter
trade was addition by subtraction. Are you saying they should've let him sit on the bench and sulk for another three years and poison the dressing room even further?