If we do end up with top 2 pick. I would rather trade for a younger all star. Like Greek Freak
Franchise players as young as Greek Freak and at the point in his career are generally untouchable. The only star players whom I feel will be available via trade are the same names that came up during this years trade deadline. Jimmy Butler, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, and other lower tier stars such as Brook Lopez and Derrick Favors.
Out of the players available on the market, there's no reason to trade the 2nd overall pick for any of them considering the position we are in and the fact that the 2nd overall pick will still net you a potential superstar in Fultz or Ball.
PG13 makes no sense to acquire via trade considering all the buzz he has stirred when mentioning LA as one of the 2 possible destinations he plans on potentially pursuing. Cousins would be a gamble considering we'd be only be guaranteed a single season, and Jimmy Butler can barely lead the Bulls to a playoff birth in the Eastern Conference, he's simply not a #1 option on a Western conference contender and maybe not even a #2 option.
The ideal narrative to take if we are to retain the pick and it's in the top 2 range is draft Fultz/Ball, and see what you can get for guys like Randle, Clarkson, Mozgov, Deng, Nance Jr., and that Houston pick. Dump salary if you're somehow able to or simply trade for an above average player that you can insert into our rotation. Players of the caliber and level of Trevor Ariza and Danilo Galinari are what I would pursue. They won't cost you an arm and a leg via trade and they'll also be very serviceable.
Fans want a quick fix... That's simply not possible with the current landscape of the league and the new CBA. Kobe's only been retired for 1 year now, regardless of what sport you are watching, franchises just don't simply go back into contention after losing a generational talent. Rebuild by sticking with the youth and slowly inserting serviceable players around them. If you're to quick to pull the trigger on the young guys for a chance to acquire a borderline Star, you'll simply be stuck watching a mediocre team that get's bounced in the 1st/2nd round of the playoffs for the next decade.
Edited by LakeShow1o1, March 23, 2017 - 04:23 PM.