Originally Posted by brooks_thompson
All it takes is one GM to look at a player who does a dirty trade request a la Davis and say, '**** you, it's only gonna hurt our team to trade you.' You can hate the GM all you want, but your 3 options are 1) get along with your team and coaches and play, 2) don't play and don't get paid, 3) give up all your money in a buyout and become a free agent (in the case of a bad contract like Paul's).
Based on how angry I get just reading about these situations on the internet, I'd hold my ground; but then again I'm a dude that values principle over realism, most often to my detriment. So I'd never get the job in the first place. Plus the NBA would intervene. So you're right. But I would truly like to see a GM stand up for the principle behind a contract.
I have to ask something ive asked before. If Davis request is dirty....whats the right way to do it?
Play out this season then walk leaving the team in shambles?
Every time this happens(in modern times at least) the guy who goes by demand gets his team more than the guy who plays the contract out then walks.
You want nothing or the package the Nuggets got for melo(Danillo, Chandler, and multiple picks including Jamal Murray)? You want nothing or what the Pelicans got for Davis? You want nothing or what the Pacers got for George(Oladipo and Sabonis)? You want nothing or what the Warriors got for Chris Webber? They got Tom Gugliotta(lower level all star big) and 3 first round picks one of which was Vince carter(and the other two were top 10...one of which could have been used to draft Kobe, Peja, Nash, or Jermaine Oneal but was used on Todd fuller). The bad ones still result in multiple picks. The Raptors got 2 first rounders for VC. The Nets got 2 and an all star for Kidd.
Demanding a trade with a year or two left when you know youre leaving is the best thing you can do for a team once you get past the hurt feelings.
Davis waits till the trade deadline this year the Pelicans get fleeced. He waits till the offseason they are left in shambles and more likely to lose Zion too.
There is no reason to wait for either player or team....except hurt feelings.
If Lebron had told the Cavs he was gonna walk after 2010....you know what they could have traded him for the summer of 2009?
Maybe anyone in the NBA short of Kobe.
Trade demands are annoying....and the best thing you can do.
Who gets anything out of playing out a deal and walking for nothing?
Where is the win for anyone?
Where is the loss when you trade a superstar instead of him walking? Hell the longer time he has on his deal the more you can get.
Id rather a guy tell me with 2 years left than at the trade deadline with 2 months left in the season.
All that would happen if players couldnt demand out and get it....is the teams they leave being decimated instead of just set back.