So ever since the Kemba trade, I always felt Terry was perhaps a temporary signing to 1) save face in losing Kemba, and 2) for a potential trade piece to get good value back.
And of course, this was always under the assumption that we should definitely resign Graham because he was a hidden gem we uncovered in the second round, and his passing and shooting was much better than we ever expected.
But, here was a thought that has been creeping in my mind. Terry of course played out of his mind yesterday, and has been looking good for a long while. And because we drafted Ball as the potential franchise PG of the future, then there is only one other PG spot to be had.
Are we sure that Devonte should be the choice to keep between the 2 guys? Like, when Graham is on fire, its great, and his vision is top notch. But to become a good playoff caliber team, you need some dogs that can get you a bucket. That is absolutely Terry, and now Gordon. I don’t know if you can just give the ball to Graham and expect multiple buckets at the end of a tight game. Terry can get his shot off at any time.
Plus with Ball’s great vision, is it better to have two great passers on the team who aren’t necessarily able to get their own bucket with Graham and Ball, or is it better to have an elite passer and a go to scorer?
So in other words, should our priority actually be more focused on trying to resign Terry long term to match with Ball and Hayward, and maybe get some value from Graham this year while we can, rather than pay a good sum for Graham and hope he keeps improving to Terry’s level. (And for context, Terry is only 26 until March, while Devonte turns 26 in February).
I really like both guys, but know we can only keep one long term. Which one is actually better to keep on the team for the future?