Originally Posted by 'trane
we don't have a starting calibre 1, 2 or 3 (or 5). upgrading any of them to a guy of chandler's talent on both ends of the floor would be a huge upgrade. we are a team full of backups as things stand currently.
+1 with the addendum that Jose is a starting calibre point guard, but not the point guard of the future for this team. He's hitting his peak now, a few years too early, so the only responsible thing to do is capitalize on his value through a trade.
As for why we would pay Chandler 8 million a year when we could pay JJ and Kleiza less than that combined is this: you can only have 5 guys on the floor at a time, and really the top 8 or 9 guys are what define your team. With a cap of almost 60 million, you can pay your top 8 players an average of 7.5 million - meaning that ideally Chandler would be the 3rd or 4th best player on the team. And you can't have two tweener SF/PF's in your top 8, it just doesn't make sense.
So, we can pay JJ and Kleiza 8 million combined to be two backups to the same position where we don't have a starter, or we can pay JJ and WC a combined 12 million to fulfill the SF role in its entirety (plus a little backup 2 and 4). Which seems like the better deal to you?