Wouldn't it have though? I'm just thinking the team would have still won enough to be encouraged to make an improvement, much like the Ibaka trade. I don't know if we don't make it out of the second round, we'll never know now but Gasol brought so much goodness that I'd like to think we would have. Though you're probably right as Gasol helped bring ball movement and DDR was more about ISO's.
Still, I'm not unhappy about the trade, I've debated many here about the merits of DDR, his weaknesses (mostly this) and his looming contract situation. I'm just romanticising the past cause it's hard for me to not feel for DDR as the person. I've been likening DDR to being a Nordique fan - having your team move on despite your feelings, then seeing them win the cup the year they leave lol. Ah well.
Still the 2 best trades the franchise has ever made. My hope these playoffs is that Gasol gets back to being more of a scoring threat. With his body transformation and his stated desire to be much more aggressive on the scoring end, it has me a bit excited for this Friday when we finally get to see the team play.
Bitter sweet for Demar for sure, but i have no doubt he was the happiest person in the room when Raps won the finals. He was happy for the country, the city, staff and teamates. Maybe he'll come back one day