I do wonder, though, how much of that was pressure from Shinn post Katrina to make a "splash".
I think the Peja deal falls into that category. And I don't hate that deal the way I do the MoPete and Posey deals.
And certainly trading Chandler for Okafor was purely a "If we don't cut payroll, we don't make payroll" move.
But Bower wanted to deal Chandler for Mark Blount. And send Juju (still an asset, whom Demps turned into Belinelli) to OKC instead of MoPete (older, more expensive) in the Aldrich deal.
Bower just seemed to have a hard on for past their prime vets. Maybe it was Scott, maybe it was the fact that Bowen/Ely types cost less on a minimum deal than younger guys.
I'm just glad we have a real owner and a forward thinking GM