I don't even know where to begin with this
this year we could have started the rebuild.
* Minimal return on CP3
* With a worse pick in a weaker draft
* In the first full year with Benson as owner right before he tries to rebrand the team
* More assets for CP3
* The season is shortened by the lockout
* Ownership is in a transition period
* The draft is deep on star power
With what you are suggesting, the team would look something like
Ariza/2012 2nd rounder not as good as Darius Miller
who's to say Paul isn't convinced to stay with new ownership.
Chris Paul. The team we will have next year will be way more attracted to UFA CP3 than the hypothetical team Demps could have built with one more year but no added assets or flexibility. The only way CP3 could get the help he needed was if he traded himself away and came back. Staying was never an option since contending was a priority.
I like Davis and he might have a very bright future, but getting him wasn't worth flushing a full season down the drain.
So the guy that most experts are calling a once in a generation player wasn't worth a rebuild? I wonder if San Antonio would trade Duncan to have been a playoff team in 96-97. Chad Ford said most GMs would have taken Davis over pretty much every recent top pick besides Durant and Lebron.
This post was edited on 12/10 at 11:32 am