Oh, where to begin...
Look, if you haven't noticed, I'm effing old. I don't have time for a big rebuilding project. No thanks. I want to make the playoffs every year and that's that!
Um, if you haven't noticed, Bill, the Pelicans have sucked for 2 straight seasons. At some point when you rebuild you actually have to get better, or else you're the Wizards.
God, I just hated what the Horne— er, Pelicans did. Spending $44 million for four years on Tyreke Evans???????????9 Trading the no. 6 pick (Nerlens Noel) plus a top-three protected pick in the super-loaded 2014 draft for Jrue Holiday?
An all star guard and a quality starting caliber SG/SF, bith of whom are known commodities, over the next coming of Greg Odin and an undefined #1 draft choice that, given the history of this league, will probably be a bust? This is not th NFL. Unless you have a top 5 pick (Oh look Top 5 protected) a young veteran trumpps a draft pick every damn day of the week.
And who in their right mind would rather pay $44 million for Evans when Millsap (a better player, hands down — it's not close) was sitting there for 40 percent of the price?
Yeah, because Millsap and Evans totally play the same position, so they are completely interchangeable. The Peilcans were upgrading depth in the backcourt, not spending money to spend money. This could be the dumbest thing I've ever heard Simmons say, and I really like him.
Why give away two killer assets for Holiday over just keeping Greivis Vasquez (cheap contract) and signing a good backup like Nate Robinson
We did the Grevious Vasquez thing. We won 20 games. Can anyone in their right mind say they would rather have Vasquez ofer Jrue? If you have Nate Robinson and Grevious...Nate starts betwee that duo. Simmons way overrates Grevious because of his el cheapo contract.
(Would you rather have Jennings, Noel and your 2014 pick … or Holiday? Come on.) Or why not save those assets to make a play for a better player down the road?
Um, Holliday and I don't have to think about it all that hard. Jennings is not a charachter fit with this team (they have enough issues getting Gordon to behave..adding a high charachter guy like Jrue is great to help AD learn to lead thsi team). And, what better player down the road? All of this BS about how deep the 2014 draft will be is precicely that. Again, when it comes to rookies and drafts, we are way too NFL oriented when the NBA draft is a complete crapshoot.
Or why not just draft Noel, "struggle" for one more year, cherry-pick a stud from this monster 2014 draft, then make your move in 12 months?
Again, we have been purposefully sucking for 2 consecutaive seasons. We are not the Wizards. Plus, if everyone else goes on a tank fest for this supposed great 2014 draft class, then there will be wins to be had.
To the great Arn Tellem, who orchestrated that ludicrous Tyreke contract AND got two more of his clients (Vasquez and Robin Lopez) traded to more favorable situations. How? He reps Anthony Davis, that's how. That's been an underrated subplot lately: Teams buttering up power agents by overpaying their fringe clients as down payments for future extensions with the ones they really want. Just call them "down-payment contracts."
Well this sounds all nice and good, except one minor flaw in the logic. When AD comes up for his second contract, he will be a max guy. So it matter now what kind of maneuvering the agent did or didn't do, AD will make max money.
You have to understand how the NBA should work in Simmons' world. In his eyes, the Celtics and Lakers and Heat and Knicks and Bulls should do whatever they can to be great. Everyone else should sign only cheap contracts amd totally suck and try to get as many ping pong balls they can, because if they try to compete, then all they will amount to is being the Milwaukee Bucks.
In Simmons' world, its better to be the Bobcats or Wizards than the Bucks. The very worst thing you can be is the Bucks...he has said that numerous times. He doesn't think that any small or medium market team can ever be better than the Bucks without totally lucking out in the lottery.