I understand your point of view but have to diisagree. The fact that he is overpaid is an issue, clearly. But next year you add to this team a player Lauri level and let Mike conduct the team ( with JC and Colin) and i'm pretty sure we are a contender. I may be wrong. And it seems that Hardy and DA have high consideration for what Mike bring to this team. After you right if the goal is to be good in 3-5 years from now, then Mike has to be trade. But Lauri, Colin will be patient to wait 3- 5 years before beeing potentially good? I have my doubt.
Pls the fact that DA express several time that he is not here for a long term rebuild but wanna bounce fast.
I'm very skeptical that we're only a Lauri level player away from contention, but even if we are, how do we get a Lauri level player? They don't grow on trees haha.
I'm not confident in Mike's ability to contribute in the playoffs. He wasn't good enough last year, don't expect him to be this year, and certainly not next year either. If Conley were to help a basketball team in the playoffs, it would be as a backup PG in a small role. He can't survive on defense, so any plan to win with Mike Conley at the helm is failing IMO. If we had Mitchell, Gobert, and Lauri all on the same team I still would not want Mike Conley in the playoffs with those guys.
I think Mike is fine if the goal is to scrape into the playoffs, but he's not going to help us win much once we're there and his current value is still very questionable to me. If you swap out Mike for the 25th best starting PG are we that much worse? We weren't worse with Sexton. IMO, the best the thing to do is get off that contract if possible. Even if we take a hit this year, we will immediately be better positioned next year without that salary.