but not a game changer
Why do people have this expectation that Demps should be able to conjure up a trade for a game changer. You don't just swindle other GMs out of their stars by talking purty to them. You have to have the right asset package at the right time. And the right time is ONLY when a disgruntled star is forcing his way out.
We were asking why Morey hadn't been fired a full 2 years before Morey's mediocre asset acquisition plan turned into Harden. Morey's not some brilliant negotiator that swindled OKC, he just did the only thing he could do with an owner that mandated aiming for the playoffs every year and he was lucky that that owner was very patient with him. Neil Olshey didn't swindle Demps out of CP3, he's just lucky he had the only rebuild package available in a market that CP3 found desirable.
So who's the next disgruntled star that will accept New Orleans as a market? I'm guessing it's Kevin Love, and I'd say Minnesota is tired of rebuilding and a reload package of Anderson + one of our guards would be attractive. You can't say Demps failed to get a game changer until a game changer that would actually resign here comes on the market.
I guess you can say that Demps "missed" a shot at Harden by having faith that Gordon could be who we all hoped he could be, as evidenced by him not even returning calls on S&Ts with Houston and Phoenix and being completely blindsided by Gordon showing up to camp injured. I don't want to completely absolve Demps from that, but thanks for the heads up medical staff
Pretty much the only thing I see that can save the Gordon move from being a big mistake is if Demps can swindle Larry Sanders out of Milwaukee.
Is that one move enough to get him fired? I don't know, I think we're set up ok for the next disgruntled star, the GM pool is kind of thin, and we know we can do a lot worse (never forget the Walrus). Show me another GM candidate that will do as good a job and I'll consider it, but change for the sake of change could be a bad idea when the GM pool is even thinner than the HC pool.
Also, I've said for a while I thought that just like Monty needed better assistants, Demps could use a senior adviser, maybe he gets that guy in Karl who's seen enough to tell him things like putting Kaman on the block will only lower his value and create an awkward situation later.