How'd hanging on to Okafor to increase his value work out for them? On the flip slide Hinkie trading MCW a year and a half into his rookie contract was a great decision.
I would have. They didn't have to move him, he still has the potential for 2 years to get healthy and increase value.
So if you were the Sixers you would have hung on to Fultz instead of making this trade?
Is it really much to be chest puffing about that the return on an overall #1 draft pick in a trade less than two season later was Jonathon Simmons, a top 20 protected first rounder & a 2nd rounder?People on here have hilarious takes. Nobody is chest puffing. The Sixers made the best that they could out of a bad situation. Since Fultz still hasn't started practicing again, his value during the offseason would almost certainly have been lower.
That's pretty horrendous by any standards.
As Ja Rule once said, someone got "bamboozled" at draft time.
That one who got bamboozled was Colangelo and he was also the idiot that traded the OKC protected pick to the Magic for some Euro center who had a slim to none chance of being an NBA player. The Fultz trade is certainly better than the fake 1st trade that Colangelo did to get rid of Noel.
I think most would say your takes on the 76ers are actually what are hilarious.
They were on the hook for his 9.7M salary in 2019/20 and would have had to make the decision to pickup his 4th year option for 12.2M by October. Once they made the trades for Butler and Harris, they switched to win now mode and hanging onto 20M in deadweight salary on the hope that he'd improve his value made little sense. He's returned to the team but he hasn't started practicing with them. It is not clear that his issue has been correctly diagnosed and if it has been I doubt physical therapy is going to resolve it.
Okafor was playing and decreasing his value by playing. Everyone in the world knows a player's value is at its worst when they are injured and not playing. Now maybe you think Fultz is completely shot and will never get healthy or improve, but that trade (or something similar) would have been there in the summer and a playoff series isn't going to turn on whether or not Jonathon Simmons is on the Sixers bench this year (and those picks aren't worth much). It was a terrible trade for the Sixers. It is indefensible really in my mind. That said, it doesn't really affect them this year unless Fultz actually ends up playing so I don't think it alters their otherwise very good deadline all that much as it has almost no bearing on their playoff hopes this year (though it certainly could affect their future playoff hopes).
Historical Draft - Portland Trailblazers
PG - Magic Johnson, Tony Parker
SG - Clyde Drexler, Dennis Johnson, Alvin Robertson
SF - James Worthy, Alex English
PF - Charles Barkley, Ben Wallace
C - Moses Malone, George Mikan, Brad Daugherty