Northern Neighbour wrote:
I'm not being protective of Faried. I have no idea how that is possible. I think he's a bad player with a bad contract, so how am I being protective of him?
On Denver, I'm making a completely logical argument that tries to understand their situation. It's not like I'm making shit up (not saying you are), but offering a rational explanation.
Again, Denver is not going into the tax for a guy like Lowry. Again, they want to get rid of Faried, Arthur, and Chandler so they can re-sign Jokic and stay under the tax. Yes, like I said, they want to re-sign him this year and have his contract start in 2018-19, so he stays with the club long-term. It's also the smart move because the cap is expected to rise next year and the amount he would get also would increase (and of course his pending UFA). Acquiring Lowry isn't going to convince Jokic to stay or not, especially since he and Murray already have a great rapport.
And yeah, Barton, from a short- and long-term cap perspective and given he's five years younger, is a better fit. He's a sixth man and works well in that role. He can play the 1, 2, or 3 spots, and he provides instant offence. Denver doesn't need a starter in the backcourt - they already have two in Murray and Harris, who are the present and future. Denver also isn't going to be a contender. A team deals for Lowry thinking they are close to going over the top.
And finally for like the 100th time, the Nuggets need swingmen. They specifically need a playmaking SF to round out their team. They won't get Durant nor LBJ. George would be ideal, but he's not going there. Maybe they go out to try to acquire Otto Porter, who could be available (but with a horrible contract). Maybe they try to get Tobias Harris, who would be a solid fit. The one thing they don't need is a 32-year old PG with a $31M salary for 2018-19 and about $33M for 2019-20. Heck, DD makes more sense for them since he can play the 3 in today's NBA. Now that's something to consider – DD to Denver for a bunch of expiring contracts and two draft picks.
Now Lowry to Philly makes a lot of sense. Even Lowry to SA makes a lot of sense. Those are two teams in clear need of a PG, although in Philly he would defend the 1 but play more off-the-ball.
I don't really care if Lowry is dealt. I don't see a fit with Denver at all. If he was making $10M less and was 3 years younger, maybe an argument could be made.