We’re spending 60 million dollars a year on two role players moving forward.
That’s not good for a team that needs major upgrades.
This team would have had a really bright future if just one of their two lottery picks in a loaded draft in 2020 ended up a star. Instead they got two roles, but still paid them like stars.
I think the problem isn't those two "role players". Its the "star" that we are paying 28.5M this year who's just about done with his career. Doesn't want to or can't shoot. Slow on defense and can't use his quickness he used to have on defense anymore.
Bridges contract isn't horrible nor is it great, more like 15-18M would be better. This season his defense sucks. He just too damn soft attacking (when he does) the rim. He just too weak to deal with anyone bigger than him.
Ayton may get a pass, by default, as he's the only big guy we have who is our only defense at long teams like the Pelicans and Bucks.
These two role players happen to be our best defenders imo but just can't create their own shot.
Crowder, Shamet and Saric are eating up 30M combined and provide squat, that's another issue right now too.