I never said i didn’t think we should trade our youth. I’m all for trading the #3 pick, Randle, Clarkson, Nance, Brown the #32. I just think that trading Russell or Simmons/Ingram would be a bit shortsighted and i wouldn't do that unless someone like Durant demands it or if there are real stars (plural) to be had. As early as next season i think the combined on-court-value of Russell-Simmons-Randle would be higher than that of Boogie Cousins and i think the way you truly create a superteam is by adding 3 max level guys to a core of top tier prospects (on rookie deals). A Russell-Ingram/Simmons combo would be right on par with the Wiggins-Towns combo in Minny and if those two were in a major market that had 70M in cap space i think many FAs - including a guy like Durant - would give them strong consideration despite their age.
yes it is completely shortsighted! But that's how you have to be if you want a 28 year old star to come here. KD doesn't have time to waste, he needs to win now. To build a "super team" you need atleast two stars. OKC has Durant and Westbrook right now! Those two are better than any combination of players we could get via trade or free agency. They have Ibaka, Adams, and Kanter...it would be hard to get more talent than that without trading Russell and the pick.
Here's the problem with keeping those guys, you are essentially throwing away a couple years of KD's prime to develop them. Russell is not going to be ready to win a ring next year, and neither will Simmons/Ingram...they may not be ready to compete at that level for 3-4 years! How do you pitch that to KD? Just wait until you're 31 years old and Russell/Simmons will carry you once you start to decline?
I understand your side of this. If KD wasn't a factor, I also wouldn't do that trade. I really like Cousins but as you said going forward Simmons, Russell, and Randle will be better to have. However, if we get KD we have to capitalize now or there's no point. The team you suggest we run with, will get knocked out of the second round every year unless our young guys play at damn near all star level. Next season that team probably loses in the 1st round! The west is tough.
Edited by kidpolean, April 28, 2016 - 06:18 AM.