I'm still kind of stupefied by this trade. I suppose much depends on who we sign.
I understand that this trade was one way to get under the luxury tax threshold, and thus was motivated by financial considerations, but it doesn't address the underlying financial issues. It simply prolongs the inevitable.
Further, this seems to contradict what the FO indicated just a few days ago when discussing trades involving Rudy and Zbo. Maybe I need to reread the CA as well as various tweets by local media, but I thought that the FO was not going to make a trade unless it made basketball sense as well as financial sense. Or does that only apply to trades involving Rudy and Zbo? Clearly, this wasn't a basketball move.You don't trade all that plus a pick as part of a basketball move.
Then again, it may depend on who we sign. Unfortunately, thus far, the signal on that front is not good.
I also don't quite understand the newest theory as to why the FO did this trade. According to some media outlets, the Griz may have made this move as a way to increase their bargaining position for any trade involving Rudy. If so, any trade involving him better be good because altogether it will have cost us our leading scorer, two rotation players, a prospect, a pick, and possibly more.
My guess is that this was simply a middle ground move, a supposedly preferable option to the two extremes: either paying the luxury tax or breaking up the core in a record setting season. Although sometimes a middle ground compromise approach is necessary, my fear in this case is that a halfhearted approach will result in a commensurate outcome.