I don't feel bad for the guy. Dame has given him an out if he needs to take it by saying that he (Dame) doesn't want to be here if we can't get into contention. So I believe Cronin when he says his first option is to keep Dame and make the team relevant but I also believe him when he says he won't take a bad deal. I hope and expect that if GMs around the league try to bully him into taking a bad deal he'll say he has other teams that he can deal with, some of whom have the kinds of guys available that Dame wants to play with here and others that want Dame to play for them. I would tell every GM that all of the options are open even if we do have a preferred option. Our team doesn't have to pay a premium on the preferred option because the less preferred option of a youth rebuild is just as viable as the preferred option of building a win now team around Dame. Some in this forum think that the second option is far more viable and is the way they want to go. I don't think Joe has to let people twist his arm and he just seems like the kind of calm guy that would just say that stuff very flatly to other front offices. I could just see him saying, "Trading Dame isn't the way we would choose to go but if it's the best way forward for the team, it's the way we will go... so I'm not taking this deal that I think is bad for my team. We have other options." The more I hear him talk and the more moves I see him make, them more I'm convinced that the Clippers trade was not one he wanted to make but one that he at least felt like he was being forced to make by ownership before he had the standing he has with them now. You can call that wishful thinking and we'll all see how this shakes out but it's the impression that I get.