Let's consider where we were and where we are going. When you got the job a few months back there were many who were surprised by the hiring. Your track record was poor in Philly and you had been out of the loop for quite some time.
Now, in my line of work I must constantly assess what something is worth and adjust my inputs to make sure I am close to revealing a true measure of 'fair value'. I feel that this same measure must apply to building a team and creating an evaluation of each player and team as a whole. That being said.. your credentials and track record are suspect but thus far you have opened my eyes to give you a full chance. Meaning, the Murphy trade made sense since you unraveled a log jame at the 2 spot and more importantly you freed up 9mm or so in CURRENT cap space that could be traded now. A valuable chip to have indeed. So.. makes sense sometimes to re-evaluate.
It is your turn now. When you first set out to inquire about 'Melo, word on the street was that you were looking to make the deal for Favors, 2 #1s, Murphy, and Humphries. It is obvious that at this point you would be insane to pay such a hefty price. Think about your contra party on the deal and think about the commodity that you now possess. Denver=not many options and getting more desperate as time goes on. The Commodity you possess=Derrick Favors. He is not only a future star at PF but gives us the flexiblity to play the 5 spot and free up Brook for less minutes and work well with Murphy at the 4. Now when you assess this trade again it is important to note that a good trade is not necessarily a good trade b/c you got better value then before.
Case in point. You buy IBM at 140 and it goes to 142. Is it a great sell at 142? No, not if your inputs reveal that it will be at 144 next week.
So.. as you look at this in December or even tomorrow, please keep your eyes open to what you have in front of you. A future star at 4. Star who is 19 and very good already. You are starting to develop a solid young core that will make a run at the playoffs this year, cap space, and a lot of picks. The only thing that can mess this up is impatience and going after a player who will be 27 with a lot of play under his legs already. A guy that can implode the chemistry and make us remember our original suspicions on your hiring. Please be patient Billy. We have been, now you.