This is true to an extant.You have three years off Zion rookie contract to go. Need to spend some money on someone around that.
As long as you don't go and max Ball next year. That would be silly.Kings declined to match on Bogdan squared. The poor get poorer.
This is true to an extant.
On the other hand I'm sure OKC maxing Westbrook or Washington maxing Wall sounded like a good idea at the time too. And those teams at least had some history of playoff success that they could point to. It's understandable when guys like Tatum, Mitchell and Adebayo get maxed to an extant because they've proved themselves in the playoffs. When lottery teams do it, it's a bigger gamble.
The nightmare situation is that the contract becomes an albatross that needs assets attached to it just to dispose of it.
We're betting young, so that's a plus. Hopefully his development last year was a natural progression and not the dreaded contract year production.