I like how you can’t type Ayton’s name without including some hyperbole. Definitely says objective analysis….
At any rate, I can’t see why you can say things like “James Jones knew (blank).” This is the same James Jones who is in charge of formulating the bench that you just ridiculed in your post. Which is it? Does he know how to create a championship roster or not? Sure, maybe part of the reason why Ishbia traded for Durant was for business reasons, but what I liked about the deal was that he hadnt created emotional bonds with anyone on the team and could look at the roster objectively and see what works and what doesn’t. The problem with a guy like Mikal was that he was well-liked in the building and by fans, which likely skewed the perceived value a bit.
This reminds me of the hand-wringing people did when Hornacek was included in the Barkley deal. come on. You can’t trade Whoopi Goldberg and a ham sandwich for Kate Upton. That’s not how sports trades work. You gotta give a lot to get a lot.
LOL... and I like how you are always able to remain objective and unbiased when you type Ayton's name...
At any rate, not sure why this is so difficult to grasp. Jones wasn't gonna trade for KD with Bridges in that trade. Nothing about that equates to Jones believing he had built a championship roster. It simply means Jones wasn't done and although, this year was not that championship season, the process would continue. Now, without Bridges and Johnson, but with an alltime great in KD.
I might've missed it, but I don't recall hearing Jones speak about this team, pre or post the trade, as a Championship team.
And for the record, I have never said I'm against the trade. I'm just being realistic about it... which means I can plainly see that, with KD and no Bridges/Johnson, and with players who are starting, namely Craig and Okogie, who would never be starters on any other legit contender, and with a sub-par (I'm being kind) bench, this season is not "that" season for a championship run.
We can all make our assessments of the trade in the present...however, IMHO, next season and the season after will be the true tests of this trade. If we don't at minimum get back to playing for a championship within the next 2 seasons, this trade can easily be considered a flop. Trading for KD mandates a playing for, if not winning, a first-ever championship!