What does the contract matter?
Because you're paying to dump it. That's what the pick is for. The contracts were the entire reason both Boston and Philly wanted off their particular players, and the "badness" of the contract is what determines how much you have to pay to dump it.
Why pay a first to dump it? Dumping the contract didnít make us better in the short term, and itís unlikely to do so in the long term.
Because the goal isnít to punt on two seasons with Tatum and Brown.
And yet, here we are at .500. If not wasting the Jaysí prime was the goal, Brad failed miserably. Not only is this a wasted season, but he squandered an asset for the future.
But your question is ďwhyĒ. Trades that donít work how youíd hope happen all the time in the NBA. It feels like youíre harping on this one a bit more than makes sense ó we know why he dumped Kemba, because he was completely cooked, and there were also rumblings of locker room tension on top of it. (i didnít believe them at the time, but within a week of those stories coming out, Kemba was gone, so it feels like there was some truth. And in NY last month he said he hadnít talked to Thibs for weeks.)
Has it worked? Not yet, and probably ultimately it wonít. Is that because of the trade or other peripheral reasons? Again, the starting lineup is very successful, but the supporting cast has been questionable at best, so Horford himself has worked at least at times. The coaching is obviously a big question mark. But if the Cís were just going to decide last summer they were going to ride out Kemba, the answer would have been to trade the Jís. Iím not going to sweat them giving away a pick to try to make things work for another two seasons.