^^ Good stuff realdeal. Yeah, it's been frustrating beyond belief. And like you said, we got straight up SNAKE BIT when it comes to injuries. Nash, Pau, Hill, Blake . . . even Jamison to a lesser extent. And Howard hasn't even been truly healthy, he's still in recovering mode. So yeah, I've been wanting to see how this will all work and I'm definitely holding judgement until we see what we have. In regards to Mitch being conservative with that in mind, I'm with him. That's why I'm cool with holding back on any Pau trade until it all plays out (not to mention that he has way more value next year as an expiring contract). We've made some huge moves and we need to see how it all pans out before we make a bunch of other moves.
The Pietrus thing will remain a mystery though, and definitely a gaffe on the FO's part (Buss and Kupchak). To me (and to you, too) it fell into the category of obvious moves to just get better, without making enormous waves. We would have basically been sacrificing either Devin, Morris, Sacre, or DJO to get ourselves a really capable player where we have a glaring hole, SF. That's a move you can and should make regardless of what you want to do with Pau down the line.
Either Devin's contract should have been voided because of the DUI, or he should have just been let go, or you let go of DJO or Sacre. Morris couldn't be let go when we were paper thin at the PG with Nash and Blake out indefinitely. Sacre is a good insurance guy in case D12 gets hurt. To me you either drop Devin or DJO who is an intriguing player but not as valuable as Pietrus who we know could contribute. But oh well. Crying over spilled milk as they say. Just seems like Pietrus would have been the right guy to gamble on because he D's up hard but can also knock down the long ball. Seems like a great fit for D' Antoni's system, and really just in general, a guy we could use on the Lakers. Missed opportunity for sure.