Clever title; not obvious at all. I know.
Until Thursday, many of us will be chatting along, spinning our wheels, regarding whether or not Pat Riley is going to forsake (or at least alter) his plans to improve this team in the offseason, in favor of a sooner move.
- The train on bringing Caron home (possibly with Haywood as a tag along) has departed.
- Amar'e appears headed for Cleveland ...or to be staying in Phoenix.
- Bryan Colangelo is holding on to Chris Bosh like a hungry man with a Whopper.
What does this all mean for the good inhabitants of the AAA?
That's the thing. Regardless of your personal opinion on the matter, I think the one thing we can agree on is that when Riley does strike big via trade, you don't really see it coming. Who knows what the Man in Armani could have brewing. Who was predicting G-Money getting shipped out of town for Zo? The Shaq rumblings caught me entirely off guard. (Btw, thanks Anthony Carter). The 5 team-13 player deal that cemented the championship run? Shaq for Marion? All pretty much out of the blue to me. Even the regrettable Ricky Davis trade was a bombshell (largely because we figured there was no way in hell we could move Walker, but still).
Perhaps the move to be made in leading us back to prosperity is the one none of us see coming.
...or maybe Riles is going to wait it out until this summer. Enjoy the run of (often misleading) talk until this Thursday.