Plain and simple.
For whatever reason, JRich was the odd man out. Management made the decision. If you want to hate on management, then stop reading here. You are justified in your argument, especially with the sad history of our organization. Proceed to enlighten us with your denouncing of management in the posts below.
So JRich was going to get traded. But should Mully have traded him last season, especially if the intent was to make the playoffs? Simple answer: no. He shouldnt have traded him so early. YOu can throw stats and arguments all around as much as you want, and if you feel you have such an argument then you can stop reading here too. But in my opinion, "addition through subtraction" arguments are retarded. Why? You lose Iverson, Iguodala starts scoring bunches. Does that make the Sixers a better team? No! Only with the addition of Miller do the Sixers see some improvement.. but within the context of last year, we got nothing from Wright and lost JRich. So it doesnt matter if Ellis's numbers went up due to more playing time. His increased production does not a better team make. And one thing JRich would have provided was depth. HE could have backed up the 4 in Nellieball. That's a lot of positions covered by a single player we lost, and even though KAZ covered some of it, having KAZ and JRich would have been better than KAZ and Wright. simple.
But if you accept the fact that management wanted to trade JRich, then it becomes a question of when. If they wanted to make the playoffs last season, maybe trading him so soon was a mistake. They could have waited for the trade deadline. They could have... other things. But we do know this. If the Warriors waited too long, they would have been stuck in the position of the nuggets, giving away a valuable player for a second round pick. So in that aspect, Mullin played it safe. He offered him for trade during a time that caught other GMs by surprise, netting us a pretty high pick and hopefully solid player.
This is what it boils down to people: when. JRich was going to go, sad as though it may be. Trading him that early hurt our team's ability to make the playoffs. We could have used him this year. but waiting too long would have got us nothing.
it's much akin to Billy Beane trading away star pitchers two years before their contract expires. of course, we're not as bad as Beane.
once again, that's all this is about. when.all of you arguing that our greater win total was due to addition through subtraction... you're wrong. All those who refuse to acknowledge the many ways he could have helped us this year... you're wrong. but even those who are in the right, you also have to be prepared to give a when. When was JRich going to go? and for what?
that's all. JRich, we love you, we miss you, and we could have used you last year.
LETS GO WARRIORS