In the early morning hours following the 2008 draft I sat exhausted and confused after screaming at my TV for telling me that Mario Chalmers had been traded for cash and OJ Mayo traded for Kevin Love and cap space. After I calmed down I assessed the situation and came to the conclusion that this trade wasn't necessarily a disaster (I had a low opinion of Love at the time, he's proved me wrong). Why, with the addition of Love, McHale must have another move involving Jefferson. So I sat refreshing ESPN waiting for that other shoe to drop. And I waited, and waited, and waited...
Since that 2008 draft day trade I've been on "trade Big Al" bandwagon. My initial rational of team balance has been bolstered by Al's non-existent defense, black hole offense, and seeming inability to adapt to an offense that didn't highlight his low left post moves.
For the last week I've been frustrated that Big Al survived the trade deadline as a Wolf and by his plummeting numbers (along with his draft value). I tried to console myself - maybe he's hurting and just needs a few weeks off. Maybe Bill Simmons will get hired as GM for the Nets by the Russian Mark Cuban and think he's fleecing Kahn when he offers up Brook Lopez for his favorite power forward.
But now I feel the other shoe has dropped. Dropped like a rock - and the Wolves will be lucky to get an expiring contract for their big man.
So far I've been impressed by Kahn. I think he's made more good decsions than bad. But holding on to Big Al too long... that decision goes right below not taking Curry 6th on the naughty list.