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Heat, NBA should be wary of choice packaging?  And how much is too much?  (The fault of Herschel Walker) – The Denver Post

The notion of “swapping a draft” dates back to a moment of infamy or genius on October 12, 1989, depending on the purpose of the deal.

And, no, for all of the NBA maneuvering, including Danny Ainge’s scam of the Brooklyn Nets for four first-round picks with the Boston Celtics’ trade of aging Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce on June 28, 2013, it doesn’t. has little sporting value. ‘ Moment of the “draft exchange”.

Instead, go back to the NFL almost 33 years ago.

It was then that Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones maneuvered the Dallas Cowboys into arguably the most prolific package of draft picks in American sports history.

Herschel Walker (pre-politics) therefore left for the Minnesota Vikings.

In return? Eight Vikings draft picks, including three first-round picks and three second-round picks.

The end result of these picks (through picks and trades) is one that even the most novice football fans can enjoy: Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Alonzo Highsmith, Kevin Smith, Darren Woodson.

In the wake of trade? Three Super Bowl championships for the Cowboys; zero Super Bowl appearances for the Vikings.

So why reference a footballer’s job in an NBA space?

Because while no sports deal can ever match what ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary called “The Great Trade Robbery,” pooling picks has become the rage in the NBA, especially during this NBA’s final round of free agency.

Just before free agency began, the Atlanta Hawks dealt three first-rounders and a first-round pick trade in the deal with the San Antonio Spurs for Dejounte Murray.

Then on Friday came the blockbuster that saw the Minnesota Timberwolves send four first-round picks and a first-round pick trade in their package to the Utah Jazz for Rudy Gobert.

And before all of that – though still relevant today in light of James Harden’s current free agency with the Philadelphia 76ers – there was Harden’s acquisition by the Brooklyn Nets in January 2021 from the Houston Rockets at the prices of three first-round picks and four first-round trades (essentially involving all of the Nets’ first-round picks from 2021-2027).

That’s why, as Kevin Durant tries to work his way out of Brooklyn via trade, the Nets have set the bar for at least three first-round picks, plus the required first-round trades. (The Miami Heat is currently positioned to offer two, plus pick trades.)

It’s highly unlikely that either of those trades will net anything close to the Cowboys’ win on Walker’s trade, although only time will tell.

But it’s a sign that more teams are ready to live in the moment, an approach Heat and Pat Riley have taken for years with first-round picks, including when they’ve been handed out en masse (and maybe too exuberant) in 2010. just to get LeBron James and Chris Bosh on longer-term contracts.

The NBA had tried to limit that largesse with the adoption of the Stepien Rule, named after then-Cleveland Cavaliers owner Ted Stepien, who at one point in the 1980s traded five consecutive first-round picks, picked that, for the other teams, he turned into James Worthy, Michael Jordan, Detlef Schrempf, among others.

Under the provisions of the Stepien Rule, teams are no longer allowed to trade successive future first-round picks.

Rule: “No member may sell their rights to select a player in the first round of an NBA draft for cash or its equivalent, or barter or trade their right to select a player in the first round of a NBA draft if the result of such trade or exchange may have the effect of leaving the member without a first-round pick in two future consecutive NBA drafts.”

But just as coaches find loopholes in the rules of the game, so have managers with the ever-popular pick trades. The maneuver guarantees the team acquiring the pick to trade the best draft position between the teams of the designated year. So trade a pick one year, design a pick trade the next, and keep alternating, like the Rockets did with the Nets in the 2021 Harden trade.

Based on the trend, NBA drafts could soon end up with half the league’s teams as spectators, another case of haves and have-nots.

With the Stepien rule, the NBA tried to protect the future of the teams.

With the latest round of trades, teams are telling the NBA there’s a lot left to say about life in the moment.

If only Jimmy Johnson, Jerry Jones and Herschel Walker knew what they started.

IN THE WAY

TUCKER TIME: When it comes to negotiations, sometimes you have to shake your head and move on. Yes, P.J. Tucker was instrumental in pushing the Heat to a single NBA Finals victory. And, yes, for years he was probably underpaid. But due to their stance on the NBA’s hard cap, the Heat’s best offer came in at a starting point of $8.4 million for 2022-23. The 76ers offered their $10.5 million mid-level exception. The absence of state tax in Florida would have made the difference negligible in value of the total three-year packages. It didn’t matter. Tucker wanted his first career eight-figure salary. The $10 million mark meant everything to the 37-year-old veteran, having made no more than $8.3 million in a previous season. The Heat literally got caught up in a numbers game, or, more accurately, a numbers game. He was loved by his Heat teammates and felt the same in return. He continually praised the coaching staff for expanding their role. But he couldn’t get his $10 million salary. So he left.

UNEVEN DRIVING: In the end, it turned out to be an uneven course for lonnie walker with the Spurs, never really able to get a foothold after being drafted from the University of Miami at No. .5 million amid taxpayer-level exception. Walker’s writing was basically on the wall after the San Antonio draft Malaki Branham and Blake Wesley, with Murray’s trade making it clear that Spurs wanted to refresh (and tank?) everything. De Walker, Spurs general manager Brian Wright said: “I think the way the draft went kind of changed the trajectory of our roster and made the opportunities a little bit different than they might have been had the draft gone. unfolded differently.”

THE NEXT STEP: Former heat center Nemanja Bjelica has long walked to his own drummer, so it’s perhaps no surprise that after contributing to the Golden State Warriors’ 2022 NBA championship, he nevertheless bypassed his NBA free agency to return to play in Turkey. Recall that in 2018 he left the Timberwolves to sign with the 76ers in free agency, retired to play in Europe, then changed his mind and signed a three-year contract with the Sacramento Kings. Eventually, he was dealt from the Kings to the Heat, where he (and the Heat) died in the first round of 2021.

LESS TRAVEL: When it comes to the Heat’s summer roster, no one has walked a path less traveled (or more traveled) than Kyle Allman Jr. Undrafted from Cal State Fullerton in 2019, the 6-foot-4 guard played 2019-20 in Greece, 2020-21 in Latvia and last season in France. He is expected to play with the Heat in the California Classic and Las Vegas summer leagues.

NUMBER

25. Years since a European player hasn’t been selected in the top 25 picks of the NBA Draft. The Serbian big man’s Heat selection Nikola Jovic at No. 27 makes him the first since the pick this year. The last time it happened was with a Slovenian guard Marko Milic at #33 in 1997, by HoopsHype.

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