My boss' son was talking about the Suns' playoff chances this year and I was reminded of seeing Bill Cosby last summer in Las Vegas. He said, "The best two things that a fifteen-year-old have going for him are hope and ignorance." Sweet, sweet hope and blissful ignorance.
At the time, I wouldn't have been opposed to Dragic-for-Brooks straight up. Of couse, in hindsight, the trade looks even more lopsided than it did at the time.
So, here's where we're at:
The Suns have kept Steve Nash, who has now demanded that they spend their cap-space money on Second-Tier free agents* or he walks for nothing when they could've traded him for something, and, in the process, have tanked the season for a high pick.
Trading Nash, along with avoiding the Brooks Fiasco, would've given them a young, NBA Player-of-the-Week, point guard (Goran Dragic), Markieff Morris, Jordan Hamilton, a good pick this draft (due to Sucking Without Steve), another pick (late in the first round?) from the Nash Trade, a high first-rounder in 2013, and close to $30M in cap space in 2013. The 2013-2014 season would've been fun to watch (assuming the FO didn't FU all those picks), but now we're going to get a lot more mediocrity in an effort to keep Nash in a Suns' uniform.
Please realize, too, that the Dragic-for-Brooks trade was motivated, at least in part, by the same "Commitment to Mediocrity" attitude (i.e., having the goal be to make the playoffs every year, regardless the seed or the impact on the future of the franchise) that kept Nash in town this year.
It's like being stoned to death with popcorn. Death by a thousand paper cuts. It seems that hope is borne of ignorance.
* My words, not his. However, he wants them to spend some money to improve. That is understandable, and I, too, would like to see Nash on a team surrounded with talent. The critical question is, "Spend money on whom?" So, to keep Nash here, they need to over-spend. I am not suggesting that Nash should wait until 2013 to be happy, because that would be well above-and-beyond the call of duty. However, by not trading him this year, what has the FO wrought?