This. The Hornets aren't doing what they're doing because the FO thinks it's better than it is. They're doing what they're doing because they have a limited option set and for the most part they are choosing the best options. Schwan and McNamara need to start popping some anti depressants before the podcasts because not only do they think signing Gordon was a terrible decision, they keep looking at it as the worst case scenario as if it the cap space is dead for the next 4 years.Quote:
I don't think FO people take gambles solely out of prue optimism as much as desperation.
1) What could Demps have done with that cap space this offseason? Nothing. Sure you might have signed some better mid level players but it's your stars that matter, so if there was zero chance the cap space would get you a star this year but say a 25% chance Gordon would be a star this year, you go with Gordon.
2) But what about next year? Through the magic of Rashard Lewis and other expirings the Hornets should be able to target a max player, but the odds are probably significantly less than 50% that they'll land even 1 max player, so what are the odds that they could land 2 max players if Gordon's salary slot were free? Again, if the odds are 25% that Gordon will produce you still have better odds rolling the dice on Gordon's health than getting a 2nd star in FA.
3) Gordon is not untradeable. He'll either be so injured that he'll have to retire and give cap relief, or some team will trade you expirings to take a chance on him themselves. He will not kill the cap for 4 years, he will only kill the cap for as long as the odds of Gordon producing are better than the odds of the FA market producing.
Pop some pills Ryan and Michael. You don't have to become shiny happy people, but you do need to stop sounding like a depressing broken record, especially when the worst case scenario is very unlikely to occur.