Originally Posted by franchize
I disagree.they coulda did something this summer or around the draft before it even became an issue.Every1 wants to talk about the superstars messin up the league.The GMs are messin up the league....
The GM/Owners are messing up the league... but Utah did the right thing.
If you wait until his final year to move Deron Williams, then Williams can hijack the trade. Say he'll only sign extensions with certain teams, say he only wants to play with certain players, etc. It makes working out the deal a pain in the ass and usually guarantees you don't get a return package you can build from. The ONLY reason the Nuggets were able to get such a good package from the Knicks is that they had the impending lockout and new CBA as leverage. Utah would not have that as leverage in the summer because with the lockout there would be a freeze on player movement until after the new CBA was in place.
As for keeping Williams, the guy wanted out and was going to leave. Utah say the writing on the wall and did the smart thing. Get what you can and move on. They did what all small market teams with a "star" who is looking for greener pastures should do. Kevin Durant would have stayed in Oklahoma even if the team stunk. That is simply the kinda guy he is. Hell, Durant went to Texas because they were the first school to recruit him extensively and he felt he "owed" them.
Small market clubs simply can not afford to run their teams the way NY, Chi, LA, or Bos do. Trying to do so is why Minnesota struggled to build with Kevin Garnett. They simply do not generate the income needed to afford a contending team built around a mega-contract player.
Those small teams need to develop a NBA equivalent of the "moneyball" system Billy Beane and the Oakland A's created (great book even if you are not a baseball guy)