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You're taking a very optimistic look at his moves.
- The Martin/McGrady/Landry trade (that was one deal; not two) was decent but I can't label a trade brilliant if the team doesn't get better. He traded McGrady's expiring deal to take on Jared Jeffiries' and Kevin Martin's contracts and Jordan Hill out of which the Rox now have a benched KevMart, Royce White, a Lakers first round pick, and no playoffs to show for it. I'm not sure I'd call acquiring a guy who made over 10 million a year and was benched for your second round draft pick as "genius" or "brilliant."
- You also are really glossing over the problems with the Artest and Ariza moves. The full path of Morey's moves on that one is: draft Nic Batum. trade for Donte Greene and Joey Dorsey, trade Greene and #1 pick (Casspi) for Artest, let Artest walk, sign Ariza with the cap space, dump Ariza for Courtney Lee, let Courtney Lee walk. Ignoring the starting point of Nic Batum, all of Morey's moves may be qualified as "getting the better end" of the deal but he ended up with nothing. The most gifted charlatan would be proud of this kind of effort that ends up with a person left with nothing yet they're happy about it.
- He acquires first round picks but has yet to really hit on any of them.
- He's done a very good job with smaller players and second round picks but that's a good trait for an assistant GM or consultant, not the person who is running the show.
Daryl Morey might be the smartest guy running an NBA team but that doesn't make him the smartest GM. His signings have been suspect, his first round picks average, and his team keeps getting worse. If it wasn't for the Advanced Stats crowd boosting him up (for his eventual downfall), he'd be another middling GM. (I wrote more about it on www.soulhonky.com )
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