I think if Monty and JJ wanted to extend Smith, we'd have done so. But if you're right and Sarver is making those kind of decisions against input from those two guys, then yeah, we'll be in a lot of trouble soon if Sarver isn't ousted.I don't believe it was on Jones at all. Jones drafted him and had every incentive to make that pick look good, particularly because it was controversial that we passed on Halliburton. I don't see Jones throwing in the towel on Smith that quickly unless he was directed to do so... by you know who.
I also think the Shamet signing was a pretext to either not giving Ayton a full extension and/or not extending Cam Johnson, both of whom will be more costly. We'll see how that plays out, but I am dubious.
Pray that the NBA turns up enough evidence to get Sarver removed, or hear me now and believe me later, the Suns will be back to irrelevant within four years with that clown running the show.
JJ isn't Elgin Baylor, he's raised his profile enough throughout the league that I can't see him putting up with much more of Sarver's interference (if that's what's going on). He'll have better options elsewhere and so will Monty if Sarver is still pulling the crap he did before those two supposedly became the primary basketball decision makers.