Originally Posted by KG215
You're right. That 2014 2nd rounder they gave up was the key to them winning it all this year or next year. Trading away their 3rd string PG who only got minutes in mop-up duty really hurts their title chances.
Keeping Harden was the key to them winning titles. Doesn't mean they should continue to make bad moves. At this point it's Westbrick and Durant or bust... because it's obvious OKC isn't willing to spend to add more pieces.
The Heat are going to have the same decision in a year, when they start getting hit with the repeater tax. Does the owner risks profits to add the needed pieces to win a championship? Or does he strip the roster and hope the Big 3 can get it done alone?
Memphis had the same decision this year, and they decided to avoid the luxury while trading away any chance they had at a title. For me, it's actually sad to see small market teams break up possible contenders for money reasons. The new CBA really hasn't increased parity, it's just insured profitability for small markets because teams like the Lakers are going to have to pay $85 million in luxury taxes.