I think I'm in the boat that many of us seem to be where I like the projected top 8 quite a bit better than what comes after. If worse comes to worse, any consensus on Wallace V Black? My impression is I'd be slightly happier with Black, but low certainty.
Black's defense is really really good, just nervous he can't dribble and pass well enough to run a team, and can't shoot well enough to play off ball. Obviously a high upside pick if his shot comes around.
The lakers got better but not really better in a way that seems likely to matter. Deadline losers to me are NOP and Memphis, and maybe Lakers too honestly? They made a move that commits an asset and doesn't make them better enough.
It kinda makes sense when you realize we actually don't have leverage here. It's way better to trade these players for literal nothing than to keep them on the roster, and everyone knows it no matter how much you claim they're each worth a first.
Seems fine, pretty clear Ainge values what he perceives as high upside assets wayyyyyy more than just about anything else. Agree we could've made this trade before the season, but don't mind the return. Vando and Beasley are replaceable if you have cap space.