- Dec 22, 2002
Valid answer but are the Kings tanking when they trade Cousins or did they trade Cousins thinking it would improve the team long term? Are the Lakers tanking by trading Louis Williams for a 1st round pick or bettering their near future?What happens in baseball is a matter of asset management. The White Sox decide they are unlikely to win in the near future so they trade 3 years of Chris Sale for 6 years of Yoan Moncada and 6 years of Michael Kopech. That the White Sox end up losing more games this year is a by product. In basketball, losing is often the goal itself.
I don't think tanking is a problem as long as players don't tank. The Suns and Lakers are arguably tanking but they were both in the bottom 3 teams long before they benched Bledsoe, Deng and Mozgov. Are they tanking or are they developing their young players? Is sitting Bledsoe tanking or is it being cautious and letting your best player fully heal rather than risk further injury in a lost season?
I bet the Suns are a considerably better team next year. The Lakers, I'm not so sure.