- Jul 18, 2005
Because Embid's health makes him too much of a wildcard. Also, the 76'ers are trying to build their "big 3" with Embid, Fultz, an Simmons. From the C's perspective, adding Embid means adding more salary that will need to be shuffled off to clear enough cap space for Hayward.I dont get how the C's make a trade with the 76ers if it doesnt involve embiid? Only player that puts the c's over the top after adding atleast hayward...
The problem is Butler accounts for $18 million/year against the cap vs $4-7 mil for the #1/3 pick. The other element is the length of contract/team control. Butler has 2 years left while the draft pick will be under team control for 4. While I agree that we shouldn't write off the next 2-3 years to Warriors/Cavs, I think most will agree that the roster as presently constructed (even with the inclusion of Butler) is not strong enough to overtake the Warriors/Cavs barring an injury or other unforeseen circumstance. The key is to stretch the window of contention instead of throwing almost all your chips for a GFIN stategy. Be competitive if an opportunity presents itself, but keep intermediate term assets available to build a dynasty in years 3-6. Adding Hayward would help with the present lineup, but I think the assets required to acquire Butler might be prohibitive in mortgaging too much future flexibility. I think the biggest question mark for the intermediate/long-term future is how Ainge views IT's role and whether he is willing to extend a max contract. In a perfect world, Brown and whomever Ainge picks at #3 blossoms into their full potential. The 2018 ping pong balls fall just the right way and the C's get 2 of Porter/Doncic/Ayton.I am going to disagree with most of you and say I am fine with this. Ainge did not think Fultz was that much better a fit compared to at least 2 other guys on the board and got max value for the pick. What would have been a disaster is he kept the number 1 and drafted someone other than Fultz.
I think folks on this board should be open-minded about Butler coming - I know their games don't compare but there is a good chance Fultz will never be as good as Butler at the NBA level. Always make deals for proven NBA all-stars over draft picks because there is too much variability in how players project, and that doesn't include injury risk.
Personally I continue to be more excited for Zizic than anyone in this draft class....