It was painful watching Tyrus last night. He was pumped and was jumping like a pogo stick blocking shots and impacting the game. He became an instant Charlotte fan favorite. I wish we could have seen him develop or not develop here. I also like Salmons and despite many deriding comments about the Fish he was a solid contributor for us. He had a big game last night hitting the key 3 to get Milwaukee the win. Despite the Bulls win last night Tyrus and Salmons not being here pained me.
HOWEVER, let's not lose our perspective. If we did not trade both Salmons and Tyrus we would have lost them for nothing. At least we get a 1st rounder from Charlotte and a look at Warrick for two months. Not making these moves could have jeopardized the opportunity to get a FA and resulted in losing them for nothing.
Make no mistake it does pain me that we have lost the hope that we had a diamond in the ruff with Tyrus. I feel different about Tyrus than I did about Ben Gordon leaving. Despite loving Ben's contributions I thought his contract would be an albatross undermining our future. As of now, the outcome data supports the ORG made the right decision about Gordon. I just posted Gordon's contribution to the Pistons-Milwaukee game and Detroit's regret to the signing via the SB Nation Detroit blog. At least with Gordon it appears the short-term pain is going to be exceeded by the long-term gain. I am hopeful we will feel the same about the Tyrus/Salmons deals. Unfortunately we are are in the short-term pain phase. We need to wait until the summer to begin to assess the long-term fun piece.