- Apr 17, 2003
Right, though I think Ainge's actions suggest pretty clearly he did not have much of a gap between Tatum and Fultz (whoever was first) which is really the point for the exchange I was having with DeJesus.I know the Fultz angle is a side point but I think the following relates to how we view almost every deal, including the Irving trade.
That Danny said or intimated that he had Tatum over Fultz might be true. His actions are consistent with that. But it's also possible that he viewed them as equals, or as Fultz having slightly more upside but not being as valuable as Tatum plus extra consideration.
Whatever these guys -- Ainge, Gilbert or the intern who is currently acting as Cleveland's GM -- say isn't necessarily what they believe. It's what they think is the best message for the public, the players, agents and future free agents. It may also might have the benefit of being true from time to time. But taking any of these comments as wholly candid is unwise in my view.
As applied to this deal, Gilbert has to know that he's taking a PR beating, and whatever he's saying now is his best effort to stem that and accomplish whatever other objectives he deems important.
I am pretty much the SoSH champion of 'don't automatically believe what is reported' commentary, but when actions and words match it does increase the confidence some.