The Astonishing Bryan Colangelo
This thread was made just to inform and talk about passed Bryan Colangelo moves he has made in his General Managing career, not to rip or diss him, but just to think what if?
First off if you haven't read the book by Bill Simmons I suggest you go out and get it. It costs about 40 Canadian, so instead of getting a used game from EB games the next time your bored do yourself a favour and get this and read it till your eyes bleed. Its a great read for ball fans young and old plus its huge and its not a novel, so you can pick it back up anytime (like I have just done on the verge of a new NBA season) On to my post.
As we all know, Colangelo was the GM of the Phoenix Suns before being hired by Peddie and MLSE. So I'm just going to cut to the chase. I realize that Phoenix was within two wins of the 2005 finals, however in 2004 they traded away the 7th pick (a chance to take Iggy or Deng) to Chicago for 3 mill and a future first rounder.
A week after he goes on to sign Q-Rich to a six year contract worth over 40 mill. See where I'm getting at? But the worst has yet to come. He goes on to swap Q-Rich to the Knicks along with Nate Robinson for Kurt Thomas. I guess he really need a big man eh? Well that trade didn't work out, so in order to dump Thomas' contract Seattle takes 2 firsts with him. Lets recap - The suns lost 4 first round pick the potential of drafting Deng or Iggy and signed Q-Rich. I'm guessing no one is going to disagree on this one who would you rather have? The number 7 pick in 04', the 21st pick in 05' and first round picks in 2008 and 2010. Moving on
I'm no sold on a rookie Deng or Iggy putting them over to get to the finals in 2005, but after the season they go and lowball Joe Johnson and he asks them not to match ATL's offer. Just so we all know the Suns core could have been Nash-Johnson-Marion-Amar'e sounds like they could have been set for decades. Okay, where are we the core breaks up and they're left with Diaw coming off the bench and two future firsts. From there instead of drafting Rondo in the 06' draft they trade his rights away to Boston for the Cavs 2007 first rounder and cash. To top it all off heres my favourite one. They sign Marcus Banks to a 24 million dollar contract.
So what are you trying to say here? They could have paid Johnson the money they we're paying Banks and Diaw? Yess sir, but wait it doesn't stop there. In 2007 they sell their late first rounder (Rudy Fernandez) to Portland. Guess they never saw anything in him nor wanted to stash him in Europe. Well it must have lit a fire under Rudy because he gave the Redeem team a run for their money in the 08' Olympics.