You bridge for a season or 1.5 seasons. You don't "bridge" with a max contract for 4 seasons.The idea was always to bridge the gap for the next few years with top veteran talent until the Jays were ready so they could compete now and then compete later. Kemba was easily the best available realistic fit, last year it kind of worked out, this year it's tbd, by the time he's a free agent Brown will be 26 and Tatum 24, that's the time when you would hope they can actually compete for a title with 2 star wings just reaching their prime. By then Kemba will be gone and hopefully replaced by a younger all star.
No, it didn't work out last year. Kemba kinda worked out for 4 months. And once he was gone JayCrew started really blossoming in the 2nd half. So no the old, small, plenty of miles, ball-dominant vet that was bad defensively wasn't the best option at the time or in retrospect.
Kemba pumpkin'd after the All-Star game (actually he missed a stretch of games before). The much better option would have been Malcolm Brogdon. A younger, cheaper, bigger, more defensively sound PG who can be an efficient secondary offensive option, that the Bucks tossed aside for Eric Bledsoe.
I really wanted Danny to move Kemba this Summer and retain Gordon, who wasn't sticking around to be the 4th offensive option (& sometimes 5th depending on Smart's mood). But I doubt there were any Kemba takers, so no Year 1 Kemba didn't work out. The Kemba acquisition cost is getting complicated IMO. Sounds like you want to ride this out, which the C's may be forced to. If Kemba can't get his quickness/explosiveness back we're screwed using a max on him for the next 3 seasons.
ALSO if Kemba is TBD and we get a month of Charlotte Kemba do you want him around or should Danny move him?
I'd want Danny to move him quickly, even if they lose most of the salary slot, but I highly doubt that's even possible.