And there's another reason not to tank: many GMs hate the thought of it. Seriously how many teams rise to the upper echelon by tanking? I can think of two right now: Boston and San Antonio. But the distinguishing factor for both of those teams was that they already had some superlative talent to rebuild around. People always ignore the fact that it is extremely difficult for a talent-poor team to entice anyone into an exchange of talent or picks if they don't have much to send the other way. And if they acknowledge that they almost certainly ignore that GMs like to develop their own talent and not instantly flip it whether they are on good value rookie contracts or not. DD is a player I would have liked to have seen traded, not re-signed. Problem was, for what? For another bunch of lottery balls? Wouldn't BC just be accused of some other heinous managerial crime for that? lol.