Problem with Sullinger is his attitude, and his inconsistent work ethic. He may get a deal, but its going to be a far cry from the 10-14 million people were talking about him getting.
Unless he does well with the Raptors in limited minutes, GM's are going to learn from other GM's past mistakes like Hennigan. Making short term moves without guaranteed or roster compatibility are going to be the factors that determine teams success.
All I can say is, Danny made the right call letting him walk.
I like Ibaka, but considering how much the market has changed, and our dire need to have cap space, although it would've been nice to re-sign Ibaka with our Bird rights.
I dont see any dire need to save cap space.
We could have made moves to get a guy like Melo or Ibaka, but Danny refuses to do any deal unless it involves getting a future star for nothing, so instead hell elect to sane cap space so he can have an opportunity to potentially throw another stupidly thought out max deal at another fringe star like Hayward who would do little to help this team.
Because thats the Ainge way - never do a deal unless you can utterly rip off the opposing team
All well and good if such deals exist, then why not take them? But when they don't exist sometimes you need to give something up to get something in return. Refusing to trade for Ibaka, when this team is desperate for a front court upgrade, just because you doesn't want to give up Rozier....when you own rights to an almost certain top 4 pick in a draft stacked with guards? The man is ludicrous. I love Rozier's potential, but [dang] man...be realistic.
Ibaka has really fallen off though. I always liked him. But his offensive output is literally zilch.
If he wasn't a good shooter from midrange and 3pt, he would literally be an inferior rebounding Biyombo. And we all know how that story turned out.
I think Ainge is pretty much dead set on trying to obtain Butler/PG13. Which is why I think he's saving cap space.
Best case scenario...
We bring in Blake Griffin off season.
Trade for PG13 or Butler.
Roll with a squad of
Butler or PG13
That's a pretty strong and well balanced team.
Also with cap space flexibility, it gives Danny Ainge a boatload of options.