Not many NBA fans look at the GM of their team and think:
“There’s a man who knows what hes doing!”
Generally I think fans focus on plugging the holes in our team stats or finding that extra stud to really make an impact and ignore the extremely complex intricacies of balancing team needs, fans expectations and the owners back pocket. When enough stars align, some GM’s are known to get a little gun shy for fear of judgement –BUT– in the case of Dragic for Brooks, Lon Babby is getting trigger happy.
Most trades are about risk for reward, this trade feels more like glory over ignorance. What do I mean by that? Consider the following:
- The average sports fan rates the trade in favor of the team that walked away with the best player, while contracts, draft picks and cash considerations are all but ignored. In this case the better player this season is difficult to determine, but after averaging circa-20ppg and taking home MIP hardware in 09-10, Aaron Brooks has a much sexier reputation.
- Dragic’s contributions this year have been pretty forgettable, unless he becomes a stud in Houston, its unlikely anyone aside from our lead writer, Andrew Lynch, will take the time to do a follow up on this deal in 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 10 years, etc.
- Finally, due to the timing of this trade, it will likely receive some credit for Phoenix’s possible (almost probable) ascension from 10th seed to the playoffs. However (and I mean no disrespect to the hard fighting Suns), this would be more of a Steven Bradbury achievement than late season dominance.
This trade isn’t a percentage play, but to a new and opportunistic GM its a chance to hit a home run without being held accountable by the innocently naive masses. Glory over Ignorance.