yes. Wasn't that clear when they were broken up? This isn't the first time Danny's done this. He broke 2002 ECF team because he was clear that they overachieved and couldn't win a title, so he got rid of EVERYBODY except Paul Pierce.
Last year's team clearly overachieved. I said this last year over and over again, IT can never be the centerpiece on a championship team. He's a second option at best, and his ego will keep him from filling that role properly.
It was funny, because going into last summer, we thought some guys would walk in FA and maybe we'd trade Bradley or Crowder to sign Hayward (pretty much givens), but nothing much else. What we didn't realize was, 11 of 15 guys left via trade or FA LOL.
Like, we considered most our guys untouchable and NEVER expected Isaiah to be traded like that, and he was.
And that Fultz saga and the #1 pick. LOL we had a Fultz week on this blog and it was almost a given we were drafting him. Nope, now we have Tatum, which looks like another GENIUS move by Danny!
I wish I would say Tatum and Brown are untouchable now, but who knows with Danny
I was on the Fultz bandwagon, and never saw the Tatum thing coming. But I never liked Isaiah in the role that he was in, and was one of those people who refused to sign him to a max contract. Hated his game, and still do.
That said, that why Danny is Danny, and has the job that he does, and I post on message boards.
Here's the difference with Tatum and Brown. Danny needed to upgrade last years team. He needed to upgrade Isaiah to Kyrie when the opportunity arose, and he needed to add a prime asset (according to report Nets pick or Jayson Tatum) to make that happen.
He's now built a contender ahead of schedule (this would be the Brad effect). He no longer needs to add to the team to be a contender, he already has one. And that now puts him in the drivers seat. He has a contender with Tatum and Brown that works with the cap and might for years to come. So he doesn't need to move one to become a contender.
And that makes for a dangerous man.
He can name his price, sit tight, and if they pass, he's still fine. I'd imagine, short of getting AD to pair with Hayward and Kyrie, he probably won't offer Tatum or Brown, cause he doesn't have to.