After I regained my appetite and my hand didn't hurt so much from when I punched my bedroom wall due to our most recent David Stern hope-buggering, I started to do what my ever optimistic self must do.
Look at the bright side.
In this case, as frustrating as it was, there is a legitimate bright side to be found.
1. The best news we got was that we aren't picking number 5. Picking number 5 would have absolutely killed our ability to move up. The top talent in this draft is 4 deep, and everyone knows it. We have to hope that people aren't too scared to draft Cousins of course, so hopefully he isn't a dick in his private workouts.
2. I am convinced that the FO wants Evan Turner, come hell or high water, and we're only gonna get him at the #2 spot. We actually lucked out on this because Philly landed the 2nd pick. Philly doesn't need Turner they way they need a guy like Cousins, so they have a good reason to trade down and pick up value. Also, Philly is one of the few teams who have major cap issues. We can offer them both players they can dump for cap room, as well as potentially taking on some of their overpayed players. That's gonna be very interesting to them.
If I'm correct in my assumption that the FO will pay what they have to to land Turner, I think it would reasonably break down like this:
Philly: #2 pick and Jason Kapono to the Wolves
I think that's reasonable and fair.
The one thing I am thinking is that we shouldn't surrender the #16 pick. Its too valuable in this draft, and losing #23 isn't so bad, as we really don't have the room for 3 rookies to make the team this year. Gomes can either be a nice 3-4 for them, or they can dump him for the cap room. He should be the perfect extra piece to get this deal done.
Does this sound fair to you?