dead on target.. most the trades now are contract swaps or a team dumping contracts, the days of building a team through well designed trading are long gone... it can still be done but its hard to do when the teams involved have to match salaries... it's a gamble to take on one A level player when you have to give up 3 or 4 B level players that will gut the bench...
exactly. trades of perenial all-star players is exceedingly rare. after all, is that the player that EVERY team is trying to acquire (or close to it)? Once you have such a player, you don't let him go. Thus, the only such big trades happen when a team finally decides to rebuild (Philly this year, maybe Minni next). I figure, on average, one perenial all-star gets traded every year...and he is usually aging (see Shaq, AI, and soon KG). Every other player is either a role player (Luke) or a marginal all-star (Odom). All a GM can realistically do is try to acquire those pieces that fit the system, the existing all-star (if any), and manage the cap situation for, among other things, flexibility and future position to acquire desirabe free agents. Other than that, draft well.
btw, anyone here who thinks Mitch had ANYHING to do with the Shaq trade is greatly mistaken. he did not have, nor ever will, the internal juice to make the call on something that big. You can bet that Magic, Mitch, Jerry, Jim and every other mgmt member worked the phones night and day for weeks...and...in the end, it was very simply Jerry's call to make.
well said belledinpurple and i'll add that with the current system any team can keep their star just by offering the max and no team can match the offer and for many players (not all) $$$ is just as important as winning, and as you said it's only after they have aquired all that cash and they are on the downside of their careers they realize "i need a shot at a chip"... I'll say there are exceptions, not many but some...
He's actually gotten better with drafting, much better.
But overall, my problem with him is pretty much everything, including drafting too.
Poor FA signings
Not adressing defense
Not adressing inbalance
Not adressing the lack of talent.
3 years of Kobe era and where exactly are we? Right.
Shaq trade I understand.
Caron trade I understand but the Lakers got ripped off.
PG position. Over 200 games of Chucky Atkins and Smush Parker starting with people like Tierre Brown playing main backups.
Having Samaki Walker as a starter.
Not making any deadline deals...ever..
And there's much more. He gets a straight F.
How can anyone in his right mind still support Kupchak? That's right, no one can.
It's obvious to everyone that he's a terrible GM.
He did do some goo moves though but negatives outweight the positives and it isn't even close.
But overall, he's an idiot.
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I'm with Liberalo...and to add on, have we ever done anything with expiring contracts? Ever?
Baron is a great player but his price form the hornets was too high 63 million over 4 years and nobody at the time had seen him play since his heel injury, he was at war with byron scott because he refused to rehab with the hornets people and chose to do it on his own.... at the time nobody in the NBA was willing to gamble on him, his attitude or salary
Artest was living in LA.
the guy is fruit loops the further he stays away from LA the better, the day Mitch signs him is the day I start saying mitch is a lousy GM
Kidd could've came
. as I have said before, I think the Lakers held him back for a reason that we may see soon (read earlier post)
would love to have him... was he ever a real option?? he's under contract with the jazz for 5 years, not sure what your getting at plus he was never really on the table he did the back door deal with the Jazz and screwed the cavs royal... err now that i read up on him phuck him he's a weasel