People forget that Tony was starting to look like a semi-franchise player the 2 months prior to his ACL injury where he was given starter minutes.
He was doing something like 18 PPG, 4 RPG, 52%FG, 4 APG, 2 SPG, 1 BPG during that 20-30 game stretch or whatever it was along with good defense.
Again, I was a HUGE tony supporter, but he made it clear what he wanted and we simply could not give it to him. He would be a great piece for any team, but he's not a starter on a championship team unless the rest of the starters are CP3, LBJ and an elite bigman with good range. Given his price and role demands it simply was not in the cards.
Same situation as Glen Davis minus a whole lot of whining, immaturity and unprofesionalism.