One thing stop throwing the Perk trade for the case DA is a bad GM argument. Right now Green is better than Perk.
the reason I remain angry about the Perk trade is the fact that Danny destroyed that team's chemistry and identity and cost us a great shot at #18 that year.
many people on this board simply don't understand the game well enough to know that stats are not everything.
All of this is assumed based on what?
I've said before a million times. Perkins missed half that season due to a major season ending injury from the previous year. Danny signed Shaq and Jermaine Oneal as insurance for exactly that reason.
Shaq and JO had major injury issues all season long. Every time they came back from injury they would last 5-10 games and then get hurt again and miss more time. Our biggest threat that season wasn't whetehr or not we had a big good enough - it was whether we had a big healthy enough to actually play.
Perkins finally came back from that major injury about 60% of the way through the season. After all of the failed comeback attempts from JO and Shaq, how was DA to know how successful Perkins' return would be? He had the choice of either:
1. Make a trade to acquire a healthy, starting calibre center in time for the playoffs
2. Bank the team's entire playoff hopes on the chance that Perkins wouldn't re-injure himself and and leave the team with no center at all (hence destroying any hopes of #18).
In the end Perkins did end up remaining healthy and our replacement (Krstic) actually ended up getting injured, but that went against the odds, and there was no way for DA to see that coming. From a management perspective trading Perk for Krstic was the smart move, even if you ignored Perks upcoming Free Agent status. Throw Jeff Green in to the equation and it was a no brainer - probably the most lopsided (in our favour) deal in the entire big 3 era.
Every decisoin seems easier when you are looking back AFTER it happens, but from DA's perspective at the time there was absolutely nothing at all to indicate that we would have a better shot at a title with Perk. I actually respect him for making that move because it took a lot of guts to make that move, and it was the best move for the team at that time.