LX
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2844770-it-doesnt-matter-even-best-nba-franchises-cant-compete-with-superstar-whims

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Kawhi Leonard will soon be a Los Angeles Clipper, because the Los Angeles Clippers did everything right.

They assembled a roster of tenacious, talented young players. They built methodically, impressively—winning in the present while pocketing salary-cap room and extra draft picks for the future.

They sold their vision with a championship coach (Doc Rivers), the NBA's wealthiest owner (Steve Ballmer), a legendary executive (Jerry West) and one of the shrewdest front-office staffs in the league.

And when it came time to close the deal last week, the Clippers leveraged it all—their acumen, their flexibility and a whole bunch of those picks—to acquire Paul George, which clinched Leonard's commitment and transformed the franchise.

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Northern Neighbour
Beck's article is really good. The players are driving today's NBA, but the parameters have changed as the cap grows at a slower pace and today's superstars are getting older and, thus, taking more cap space. How this dynamic evolves - will players start taking less in salary to play together and outside of Giannis is there another, under-25 young gun ready to take the mantle as best player in the game? - will be interesting to watch over the next five years. 
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LX
I think the way everything is structured lends itself to allowing more Curry types of players and Draymond types to have a big impact as they did on the same team before they went after KD there. It’s becoming less of a superstar driven league by degrees. The Pacers found themselves once they lost their guy. The Pelicans might do the same. And the Raptors might in a sense as well. Getting right to the very top is pretty tough still without that top-3 sort of player, but the competitive advantages therein could be shrinking as impactful talent spreads out fairly broadly, while also allowing for plan-b approaches to be fruitful.
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LX
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"What you need to do is focus on building an elastic, opportunistic franchise that is able to function successfully in the landscape. You have to be able to pivot quickly. You have to be able to draft well. You have to develop players. Can you put together a run? Can you get beyond an aging core? Can you see into the future and make the big decision necessary?"


this describes Masai’s approach pretty well.
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Pzabby_2nd
LX wrote:


this describes Masai’s approach pretty well.


Agreed.
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