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I don't see that as downside though... if you went to the holder of that pick and was like "lets unprotect that ****" they'd likely be like "cool...done.". It almost protects you from doing the stupid **** you should not do.There's real downside to trading protected picks too, though. It means you quite often will be very limited in picks you can trade away. Since we have a bunch of other picks now, we should be good, but without those, we couldn't trade a pick until '28 IIRC.
I get what you are saying and it might be why I'd try and get more value by just trading an unprotected pick rather than losing value in the trade while haggling on protections.