I argued against the KD trade---but as you say, sometimes you take a shot. Unfortunately, that shot cost us our future and a lot of trade leverage. It dramatically weakened our overall D (combined with the loss of Crowder). Ayton must go, and we need to rebuild as if KD won't be there, and focus on DEFENSE, which is what usually wins in the playoffs. (Denver got 100 or more in every game).This disaster was create well before Ishbia… Jones has been flat out awful the last few years building the roster period! Not addressing the PG position knowing Paul and Payne injury history is beyond bad! We probably don’t even get past the clips had we just run it back with Cam and Bridges. We took a swing and it didn’t work but 8 games is hardly time to build team chemistry with a moron coach changing the lineups daily! To early to call the Durant deal a failure we have him no they need to shore up the tens around Book and KD and let them have a season together hopefully under a quality coach and better role players.
No, I am acting like as close as we were it wasn't enough or going to be enough. There were a bunch of injuries in the west and following that year there were a bunch of moves in the west by other teams. The Suns needed more than just a tweak. Booker disappeared at the end. So did our core. Then it happened again in the next playoffs. It was crystal clear we needed a star to play next to him in case he disappeared in future playoff appearances. It has now happened 3 playoffs in a row. I have said the KD trade might be a failure but so was our approach prior.You act as though it was one or the other. It wasn’t.
We had a ton of flexibility to add to a group that was just a hair short of glory. Instead of using that flexibility they “swung for the fences” destroyed their flexibility, their cap, almost all their draft options and as result we didn’t even improve in the short term.
The odds that the Durant trade will go down as an all time disaster are extremely high right now.
I don't mind him on a small deal if that's an option this offseason. He's got some things to work on but some serious skills as well. Most importantly, we won't be able to afford much better anyway.He's been a flat out disaster. 14% from 3 in the post season, his defense has slipped too.
Two months ago we thought we wouldn't be able to afford him in free agency... right now his highest offer might come from China.
I don't mind him on a small deal if that's an option this offseason. He's got some things to work on but some serious skills as well. Most importantly, we won't be able to afford much better anyway.
At least he took ownership for it.It sure looks that way now
We expected 30-35 points per night,,high percentage shooting,,good ball handling,,and adequate defensive play from a 7-footer. The past two games those 'hopes' didn't materialize.
KD's post game interview, he said > 'It was embarrassing' [ for him and the fans ]
Just so you’re not disappointed, there’s nothing to look forward to with the cardinals next season. Thereafter? Hopefully. But don’t look for fun next year.The irony in this post with the fact that the Cardinals are such a bad franchise and yet what we have to look forward to. UGH!