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11-14-2011, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Av-merican View Post
Agreed--even if it does end up being a lottery pick, I think we still have gotten good value for it. All we lose is a lot of face, which sucks, but it's not the end of the world.

Nonetheless, management said when they made that trade that they are through waiting--the time to win is NOW. Granted, this was a trade for the future as well since Varly is still young yet, but you don't trade away 1st rounders if you're still in rebuild mode. That's why it irks me to no end that they did such a piss-poor job grabbing bargain-bin discounts. Even if they were trying to go cheap, there were better options.
Winning isn't just about talent though. Winning is about that talent learning how to win, and so yes we're no longer in the assembling assets phase of our rebuild, but that doesn't mean we're ready to contend for a cup either because our young core needs to learn on their own. That's why you pick up bargain guys so that you don't commit yourself to more expensive guys but instead let the young guys become the players they're going to become and then use that cap space you've been saving to add the right pieces to give us exactly what's need and not just "bringing in more talent". Then you consider the CBA coming up and all of the youngsters we're going to have to re-sign and you start to understand that we still need to be very careful with our cash to make sure we can make the big moves that we'll need to really push this core to contender status.

Our youngins might be developing a little better if we had another competent top 6 winger or two, but it's not like their growth is being seriously impeded by our talent level since we're still far from the cellar and being a lousy team.

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