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ummm... we're in the eastern conference finals. I'm pretty sure he's not on the phone shopping anyone right now.
Quote from: bknova on May 12, 2018, 02:10:00 PMummm... we're in the eastern conference finals. I'm pretty sure he's not on the phone shopping anyone right now. he doesn't mean literally right now
No, other GMs are not thinking this way. To do so would be an admission that Ainge is smarter than anyone else. Why would other GMs think this way? They need to do their job to avoid getting fleeced, not assume it will happen.
Quote from: Surferdad on May 12, 2018, 03:00:37 PMNo, other GMs are not thinking this way. To do so would be an admission that Ainge is smarter than anyone else. Why would other GMs think this way? They need to do their job to avoid getting fleeced, not assume it will happen.I think you're mostly right (especially among younger GMs)...but I still think there could be an aversion to dealing with Danny all while not admitting (to yourself) he's smarter than you. In every fantasy league, there is always 1-2 players that are way more committed, hitting everyone up for deals all the time and seem to always get the better of everyone else. I don't remember thinking they were necessarily smarter than the rest of us, but I would often turn down deals because the mere fact they were asking meant they've probably uncovered some tidbit I hadn't figured out yet. I mean look at the celebrated history of dealing with Danny Ainge: McHale worked with him and ended up giving him the key piece to bring Championship #17 to Boston, King dealt with him and gave him 4 lottery picks, Cleveland gave him Irving for what ended up being a late lottery pick, Philadelphia gave him Tatum and a lottery pick for the Markelle Fultz Psychosis Show. If Danny texts you with a "great deal", are you saying there isn't a little part of you wondering if you're about to be the next GM on that list?And Budweiser is exactly right...this along with Wyc saying Danny only wanted two picks from the Nets shows he's not perfect and that the wins will get much more attention then the almost catastrophic near misses (Winslow...Sebastian Telfair Danny...i still remember).
I ask because when I heard Wyc taking credit for getting the two additional picks from New Jersey and that Danny was totally fine with only two first round picks....I immediately thought this was a strategy to tell the league that "Hey Danny can be dealt with...he can be had....at least speak with him....the only thing you had to look out for is the owner getting involved at the end". Is Ainge already shopping Rozier or others in a large trade and either finding doors shut or absurd requests? Was this comment by the owner strategic or innocent...I had never heard it before now...