Originally Posted by dobro1229
No, but getting the NJ pick obligation out of the way is important to making future deals involving a 1st round pick we have to move, and the development experience for young players like Parsons could be paramount.
Even if it is Bima that said it, regurgitating someone else's stance doesn't make it a valid point.
That lottery-protected pick isn't standing in the way of jack crap. This is a team suffering from a lack of a franchise guy, and a high teens pick isn't getting you one of those. I'd even bet money teams would value a player we took this June in the late lottery on a rookie contract more than a 2013 pick in the high teens. The notion that the Nets obligation would be the make or break factor in our landing a Top 12 player holds as much water as a callender.
Lowry, Dragic, Martin, Lee, Budinger, Patterson, Scola, Dalembert, Camby, and almost certainly Parsons and Morris are never going to vie for All-NBA. Go find me a championship team that didn't have at least one guy that was at least 2nd Team All-NBA in his career and a multiple ASG inclusion. Even the Pistons had two.
We've got a nice foundation to surround a stud with, but we're going to keep spinning our wheels until we land that stud. Patterson isn't taking us to the Western Finals, no matter if he has a good offseason or not. I wouldn't bet much money on Parsons doing that either.
Morey's 0-8 trying to land a franchise stud the past few seasons. Generally speaking, the draft is your best bet to land one. Giving the Nets our pick in a draft this deep, and at its highest possible value (#15/16) is dumb. DUMB.
Bring in better players, at least chase the #4 seed, and give the Nets a weaker pick (closer to #20) in a shallower draft. Don't give them a Kendall Marshall to replace Deron Williams when you could skip a year and hand them a marginal back up type like Isaiah Canaan.