Fans of the NBA value players in one way. With that said, the league’s general managers value players in a whole different way.
Of course, there’s some overlap there. Fans value talented players, and front offices do too. Still, they see value in players that some fans may not.
For example, a front office may value an expiring contract. Fans may not see the value in that – until their team’s front office suddenly has enough cap space to sign a better player, that is.
Nikola Vucevic is on an expiring contract. Meanwhile, Mitchell Robinson was recently extended.
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A front office that was putting a particular value on financial flexibility would be well aware of those facts.
If the Knicks are such an organization, they’ll like the following trade.