macgyver893 wrote:What would we be saying if it was Okur, Williams, and the Houston pick or top 10 Protected this year?
We would be saying how terrible of a deal it is. Because the bottom line is we'd be trading a first round pick to rent a guy for 17 weeks when we could sign him outright as a free agent. Having his bird rights dont mean much, since he isnt a max player. All the reasons people say like the trade are moot:
1) "he is better then anyone we could have gotten at #6"
That doesnt matter, since we could have had him AND the #6 pick. at the very least, that draft pick would have been more valuable on draft night, when teams are trying to position to move up/down to get players they want.
2) "King didnt like anyone outside of the top 3"
Even if this was true (which i doubt it is considering the nets are trying to trade/buy back into the first round), we could have had the #6 pick and still gotten one of the 3 guys King did like. maybe one falls to #6. maybe you package the #6 pick with marshon brooks or morrow or a future pick + 3M. Point is, liking 3 players should never prompt you to move a lottery pick, as there are never a shortage of opportunites to move up and down in the lottery
It just boils down to this... Wallace didnt help us do anything(except maybe have a worse draft pick by winning a few games more then we would have) in those 17 games and we could have signed him in the offseason for nothing. And we would have been one of the better destinations for him, as we are few who can easily offer him the 9-10 million and still have room for other moves.
Worse part of all of this, is that even with giving up the lottery pick, we still didnt shed petro's contract.