How do you figure any of this?
Including a player in a trade -- especially having him on a short side of a 2-for-3 deal -- suggests his value is recognized by both his own team and the other one.
I spite of how well Brandon's done lately, plus being a very good defender, for the balance of the year he was a shooting guard that didn't shoot. Hopefully, he can use this as some motivation to prove that he belongs instead of going back into the shell...
I really get tired of comments like this.... How naive do you have to be.
To me this trade was all about Fords contract than Rush's inability to play for the Pacers.Quote:
"I was definitely more shocked than anything," Rush said. "I didn't see it coming. Nobody told me anything about being on the trade block. It was more of a shock."
I'm glad this trade did not go down. I would be very disappointed with the direction of the franchise if we got rid of a promising player like Rush just to save some money.
Rush will be gone, eventually. It will be kind of a shame because I am a fan of Brandon, but I won't judge until I see what we get back.
DJ Augustin is a career backup, undersized PG. Gerald Henderson doesn't even look big enough to be an NBA player. People love to crow about how these guys are "prospects" but they're lipstick on a pig when it comes to the attractiveness of this trade.
I don't see how this could be a shock for anyone. TPTB have been sending out signals on this for the past month.
I was more shocked that Rush was included in a deal than us actually discussing a deal in the first place.
I hope we keep him here for mores years to come. He's probably the best shooter we have right now.
Personally, I'm glad that Rush wasn't traded. The potential is there...wrong coach to bring it out. Why? Because our current coach values offensive production WAY MORE THAN DEFENSIVE PRODUCTION. As a side note, has JOB ever went to a press conference and discussed our team's defensive effort being good although our offense was lacking or does he always focus on the offense being poor? That's a real honest to God question. NBALP doesn't show postgame shows.
I guess that's one way of looking at it. Or another way to look at it is "If Rush is SO valuable, why was TPTB trading Rush in the 1st place?" Why trade one of your "supposed" core players of the future for Augustin & Henderson? If Rush is as valuable as you propose, the return for Rush should have been much greater than 2 small seldom used players. My feelings is TPTB are tired of Rush's inconsistancy and his fragile personality, especially with Jimmy coaching the rest of this year and most likely all of next. JMOAA
You look at it your way, and I'll look at it mine. I have never asked anyone to agree with my opinions nor do I try to change their opinions. I just post how I feel and what I believe. AND I don't PM people when I'm wrong. I have no problem posting it for all to see when I'm wrong. Nor am I too proud to openly admit I was wrong.
Isn't it about that time of season that Brandon plays really well and we get excited about next year?
I was thinking the other day that when Tyler comes back, he needs to punch Brandon in the face before every game.
This would accomplish two things:
1. It would wake Brandon up and light a fire in him.
2. It would allow Tyler to take some aggression out, calm down, and probably play a better game.
What does it have to be either ink black or light white?
This Rush trade talk has me seriously worried about the competence of our front office and, of course, our coach from what he has said in the past.
Brandon is probably the smartest player on the team as well as the best defender by far. Probably our best pure shooter and he plays within the flow of the game not forcing things (aka passive). I am going to be seriously pissed off if they trade him. He is a glue guy that all teams need.
I'll adjust - it does help in that we'd have three roster spots filled by Augustin, Henderson, and Mohammed instead of by Ford, Rush, minimum level player.
I think the that both Augustin and Henderson are at least equal, if not better prospects than Rush. That's not to say any of them are spectacular.
I like the idea of having Nazr's slightly smaller contract as a trading chip a little more than TJ's, because I could see somebody looking for a big more than I can see them looking for TJ, but that's pretty minor.
I also like the idea of seeing Augustin and Price being the PG's next year. Neither is likely to be the answer, but at least we'd be paying the two of them combined less to not be the answer than we were paying Tinsley or Ford.
True, it was more "something different" than "something better," but, it is what it is.
But I wouldn't have a problem if we deal him for a very good player. You've got to give something up to get something.