Originally Posted by Knicker_Please
i know, i had never thought of it either, but is a very solid comparison!
Would be interesting to trade him at this point - because after a mildly underwhelming rookie season would they really get the value from him that he's worth? I think at this point you might as well play him behind love, and look to trade love instead the next few years, or see if you can make it work by giving him minutes at the 3 and 4. but they might be able to get a lot for love...
i thought before he signed his new contract he had a very good chance of being out of town and then we wouldn't be having this convo...but the new contract kind of changed things.
its a tough spot because they know derrick is a good player, but at this point im not sure they'd get the right value in a trade for him.
Oh of course they couldn't get his real value in a trade right now, but I don't really see that value going up anytime soon while he's stuck behind Love at the 4 and not suited to play the 3 and get stuck behind AK47 and Budinger.
And that's the crux of the issue, like you said, they know how talented he is and what he can/will/should become as a player in the NBA and don't want to let him go for pennies on the dollar.
Get what you can out of him now and look back in 5 years and say how dumb of a trade it was, but wait another year to trade him and that trade will look even worse than it would if they were to make a trade now.