Or we can stop trying to fix the team through trades during the middle of the season, wait to see how everything unfolds with Gordon, player development, draft picks, and make our moves in the off-season. That's what I'm for.
Quick question, why don't we talk about trading Smith instead of Lopez? Why hasn't that idea at all been tossed around? Not to say that I'm for it, but the fact that we ONLY talk about trading Lopez is a bit peculiar. Is it because we don't believe Robin keeps this up since we thought prior to the season he sucked? Or do we just think that Jason is not going to bring anything really worthwhile?
Keep in mind that Jason is almost 27, will need to be paid a new contract after next season when he will be 28, and has missed a good chunk of games in his career so far. Yet after a month of playing quality basketball, we're ready to declare Smith the future 3rd big of this franchise to roll with Anderson and Davis. Why not Lopez instead?
There are other ways to get talented players, I believe, besides trading our own. We could trade our draft pick to a desperate team on draft night, we could sign a free agent, use our cap space to pick up assets through trade when teams try to shed space to avoid the luxury tax line, or if we're lucky we could land a really solid player in the draft (I'm praying we somehow land Shabazz, but definitely not banking on it.) Just giving Lopez away to get unproven commodities at other positions seems a bit over-reactionary to me.
Besides, I would rather be really elite in one area (an area few teams are) than balanced across the board. We're never going to have as good of perimeter players as OKC/Miami, but we can find good enough players to not get dominated by their outside players while we take advantage of our matchups down low.
But that's just me. I understand why people want to trade Lopez, but I disagree with the idea.