2019 Award Winner
I think some front offices would think you were bonkers if you offered him MLE. I think he's good enough he could get more than that... I'd see if we could get him at MLE and if that wasn't enough I'd try really hard to work a sign and trade (Ed, TB, and whoever we drafted this year) I think we could go to $15M and the assets/flexibility might be more appealing to them than signing him to a long term deal.Here’s the catch 22:
He plays well enough to get the Jazz interested in him and also plays himself out of our range.
He doesn’t play well enough to get the FO attention and we don’t grab him when he’s in our range.
Of course we know there’s a third option where he doesn’t outperform our ability to get him and the FO is proactive enough to get him, but we know that isn’t how this works.
If he goes for less than MLE I will be pissed we didn't try. I'd give him every option he wants on the MLE (length, player options, etc.). I think he has a high floor and all-star potential.