Bridges isn't a top 150 player in the league, based on pure math that makes him a JAG.
And as I initially said, I like GH, don't mind his base salary. I thought it was stupid to add 9 mill to the cap in for 3 years just to acquire him. He is looking like one of the best FA's.. But that only illustrates that Charlotte isn't a destination as his only real competition GH need to pass is Al Jefferson for all time best FA.
Teams like the Hornets need to get lucky in the lottery and can't whiff on 1st round picks if they want to be upper echelon teams. Ball is the 1st step.
I would rather sign a different, cheaper veteran if that is the route we decided to take. We can probably get a vet on a deal less than half what Teddy would be in 2021. Even with the dead cap hit, if we can get someone to take him in a trade(even if we have to give up a draft pick) we would have a big chunk of money to roll towards 2022 cap or we could use it to help us fill out that OL(or some other need position) in free agency.
The more I look at the scenarios, the more convinced I am we need to trade Teddy away to get out of that that deal, even if it means giving up draft capital to do it. When it was signed, I didn't realize how incredibly bad that it would look in hindsight. All of my assumptions with the deal were that Teddy would be a ho-hum NFL starter, not that he would prove to be a backup caliber player.
I certainly think he can be. I think in today's NFL your success has much more to do with the coaching than it used to. I think we have good coaching on this team, and I think that coaching is going to improve as they get settled into the pros. I think our coaching staff, assuming we draft him, is what will take him from having star potential to actually being a star.