I love the NBA. I don't even care that the Heat have Wade/LeBron/Bosh and now the Lakers have their own super team. I don't care about any of that. I am however, highly annoyed at how terrible the writers and journalists around the NBA are. If you look at the NFL, writers like Chris Mortenson, John Clayton, and Mel Kiper have 20 years of experience, and while giving opinions on players, they never talk about what a team should have done or didn't do. They don't compare GMs and say that you should build like the Saints or Packers. They stay out of strategy. They aren't closet GM wannabe's. They are reporters, and they leave the fan itch out of it.
The MLB. Same thing goes on. Buster Olney, Keith Law, Jayson Stark, and Tim Kurkijan, NEVER talk about what the Nationals or Marlins should be doing. They report, and they leave it alone. Maybe it's because I don't follow these guys on Twitter. But, what I'm seeing with the NBA writers over the past couple months is laughable.
I had a Sports Journalist, tweeting me, that the deal the Magic got was better than the deal the Nets got, because now they could Rebuild through the draft, instead of paying Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez half their cap over the next 4 years.
I laughed at him. Hump is on a two year deal. The Nets were taking back just as much salary cap and offering more picks. The PICKS, the Magic got are all Lottery protected. Our picks would not have been much different. They're tanking either way, so the most important picks they have are their own. The biggest difference is what else they could have gotten.
Hump would have expired with Turk by 2014. They would have had $23M in expiring contracts in 2014, and they could have either used those to go into Free Agency, or dealt them as expirings, for more assets. Now they don't have that option.
They also would have had Brook Lopez. Whether or not Lopez is overpaid is irrelevant. He's a legitimate starting NBA Center. Is he top 5? Debate it all you want. There is no debate that he is at a minimum one of the 11 best 7-footers in the world. That means he's tradeable. Look at history. Chandler wasn't always as respected as he is. Dampier. Many of these guys get traded no problem. So you hang onto Lopez. If he lives up to the contract, you keep him. If he is the same old Brook Lopez, you deal him. You don't think you could package Lopez and Q Richardson for a 1st round pick? Heck you can get a lottery pick for him. These options exist, if you take the Nets deal. Affalo and Harrington, aren't getting dealt for 1st rounders. Heck even Odom, was only worth a late 1st rounder.
But, to this 'writer' the Magic are going to rebuild like the Thunder, and be a championship contender in 5 years. What a joke.