That’s not player independence 24th. He’s a dude under contract for another year and a half not a free agent choosing to go somewhere. Explain to me where player independence is going out of the window in this situation? And where are all these “high fives” you’re talking about? Majority of the reaction I’ve seen among the casuals is that Dell Demps is a terrible GM for not putting anything around AD, for not taking the first deal offered, asking for too much, etc. Not really seeing the high fiving you’re speaking of.
But again, all we need to know that’s confirmed as fact is that AD/Rich Paul requested a trade a week before the trade deadline and used the statement that they were doing it then so that the organization could make a deal fair for their best interests. That’s automatically a lie because all the deals they could potentially make were not going to be available to them.