With due respect to Boss Andrew’s evenhanded look at the Dudley trade, the rumors of the Clippers re-signing Hedo Turkoglu cast a new and not especially flattering light on the Jared Dudley trade. Before those rumors surfaced, I took a look at Hoop365 at some of the pitfalls of a coach trying to juggle the GM job along with his regular responsibilities:
Coaches won’t look much past the next possession, much less examine the cap and tax implications two seasons down the line, so it’s not entirely surprising that Doc Rivers was more concerned with expediently solving the problems at hand at backup point and reserve big than strategic planning. In addition to his dual role as coach and GM, Doc’s had some things going on the summer.
While the particulars of the Clippers’s situation are unusual, the tension between the goals and responsibilities of the coach and the GM positions were completely predictable. The coach’s focus is primarily inward, preparing the team on a daily basis for the next opponent, with perhaps an eye towards long range internal improvements. The GM is certainly plugged into what the team is doing, but from a much greater height, using this elevated vantage point to survey the league as a whole and steer the team over the medium-to-long term.
While Rivers is far from the only example of why the dual role is dangerous ground, the notion that Doc the GM has always served Doc the coach well is not a new one here at ClipperBlog. With luck, the veteran signings work out, and the future first packaged with Dudley remains in the mid 20s or higher. But this could all go very wrong, very quickly if extreme short-term thinking becomes too much the rule in personnel decisions.