In response to fl+adam,'s comment:
In response to MitchUnderpants' comment:
Petey- Why? Please explain. Why are the 2014 picks more valuable to us than 2015? If we fail to get Asik, I won’t complain..afterall he is a 56% free throw shooter. I just want to know what your expectations are for the upcoming draft, heading into it with two crappy picks. TWO CRAPPY PICKS NEVER EQUATE TO A LOTTERY PICK. No one’s going to turn around and trade a player like Embiid or Smart for our 16th and 18th (at best) picks.
It is not quite this simple, but if Offered you a $100 bill and told you you could have it now or next week which would you choose. Also, 2014 draft is deemed to be the best in years. It is also a matter of predictability. They have a better idea of how good the pick will be this year then the following year. Teams get better given enough time usually. Basketball is different than football, but in football a future pick is "worth" generall 1 round less than a pick this year. The difference is not as extreme in basketball, but you get the idea.
$100 now or next week, eh? DA wants a crappy player this year instead of next year? Yeah ok.
To me, Asik is like an old refrigerator. You just bought a new one, and it's time to put Asik outside on the curb. Anytime someone offers you money for something that you MUST put outside on the curb- then whatever the amount is, you should feel satisfied that you at least got something. Of course, in this case, Asik happens to be a nice fridge, and it will be a shame if HOU doesn't get at least 50-cents-on-the-dollar in return.
I understand that the Celtics are in control here. But NJ and ATL are both going to the playoffs this season. And the Clips are going to the playoffs next season. It doesn't make sense to haggle over this pick. Obviously, each pick is just an asset (which won't help us land a top 10 draft pick, but an asset nonetheless).
I think DA is overvaluing his 2014 picks and if there were ever a right moment to trade one of them, now is the time.
But back to my refridgerator analogy, DA may be banking on the fact that HOU is bluffing and looking forward to making the deal tomorrow.