- Dec 24, 2002
Agreed with everything you've said.The issue is about how much time Morey has to get something done--which still is somewhat unclear. If you are making asks like "Harden package" and "Tatum" you are at best creating a longer timeline and more hesitance from other teams to really seriously engage and make their own offers. That's fine initally, and if you have until November in your mind may still be fine. But at some point you have to get to a deal, too, and asks like that are not all that likely to get you there.
Given that I think its unlikely that Bill Simmons gets looped into calls between Morey and other NBA front offices, we should likely contemplate these factors: (a) did this conversation actually happen? If so then... (b) the context matters. "hey Brad, if you give me Tatum for Simmons I will cover the tab at our next dinner" is different than "hello Bradley Stevens, this is Daryl Morey, give me your all star first round pick and I will give you mine!" and (c) Morey likely has several potential deals in place for Simmons and is waiting to see if something like an injury etc bails him out. Asking for the moon and stars away isn't likely to impact those other deals negatively.
In the end, this is all conjecture as I am not familiar with how NBA front offices work day to day. I haven't heard the pod - is BS actually suggesting that Morey is misreading the market? Because if so, that is a bold claim coming from a person who has been lapped by a lot of others in terms of their understanding of how the league works.