First, I don't want a quick fix, I'd love to go the Thunder route. However, this is a different situation. This team didn't just land in a new city like they did. This team has been here for a decade and has been terrible the whole time minus one playoff run (which I might add, boosted enthusiasm and excitement ten-fold when it happens). The problem is, we do NOT have years to wait. I'd even be OK with spending the money we'd spend on Bosh in bringing in a couple good free agents, but I'm not sure this team/city can pull them in, which is why the Bosh deal is different AND the fact that I really believe he WANTS to be in a small market. It's also a bit too early to tell if he's on the "decline." He's 29 years old. I believe he's around Lebron's age. So you're telling me Lebron is on the decline? I would say Bosh is probably in his prime right now, and will be for a few years. People keep forgetting that Bosh was close to a top 5 player before going to Miami, and definitely a top-10.
1) Bosh will be 32 at the end of the contract, that is IF he takes the player options (which he probably will). When you said "into his 30's" I think about age 35+, but at 32, he will hardly be at a decline. Kobe is doing pretty well, or has. It's not the NFL, 32 isn't the end of the world.
2) 1 million in 24 hours IS awesome, but how much since? Past the hardcore fans that bought in that 24 hours, I bet there is a HUGE dip in sales. At the end of the day, 1 million is nothing.
3) So we're guaranteed that one of those 4 players will be a super-star? We WILL get a Lebron/Durrant out of that group? You are telling me that FOUR future superstars will be picks 1-4 in the same year? That would be amazing and the the best draft ever probably. Drafting is always a risk, minus someone like Lebron, and how often does that happen? You know what I DO know? Bosh was a 22/24ppg player before becoming third fiddle. That IS proven. It's there in the stat sheets.
4) The chances of us bringing in FAs of Bosh's caliber is slim to none. I hate to say it, but it's true. It's apparent not even the "MJ factor" helps. There is enough evidence out there with past signings to know this. No one wants to come to Charlotte. It's not known for anything. The thing it IS known for (banking) isn't even really known. The NBA isn't like the other sports. NBA players are way more like children and make selections with different criteria (not all but it seems like most). In order to get someone here you WOULD have to pay them what Bosh would get paid, and most likely wouldn't be as good as Bosh.
5) Don't be delusional. If this team doesn't start making money in a few years, it's going to leave, or begin the process. It only cost the team 3 million or so to re-brand, that's not a lot, not even CLOSE to what they lose on a year to year basis I'm sure. Seattle will jump at the chance, and have more to offer, and a better city that seems to care more about the NBA than Charlotte.
6) I think everyone understands how that works, thanks though? I only said, that if this team needed cap room, Tyrus wouldn't be around anymore, since he's still eating up bench space, it's obviously we don't need the cap room and obvious no one wants to come here under normal free agency (not anyone that is a star like Bosh that is).
Once again, I'd like to build through draft, I just don't feel we have the luxury of time on our side. Is Bosh expensive? Yes. But we need some kind of excitement to get this team moving. Back to back playoff appearances, even quick outs, would bring some energy and maybe change the culture of this team a bit so we CAN bring in some decent FAs and not have to overpay. I'm not even a huge fan of Bosh I'm just not COMPLETELY against the idea though.