I can’t and won’t speak for any other teams (as I’m sure there were others contacted), but I can speak for my own. Me missing out on AD had nothing to do with getting “cute”. I honestly had no idea that AD was even being shopped until I received a PM late Saturday night. After a quick review, it appears NOP’s trade block was updated Friday evening and again on Saturday, which is great. But I don’t typically check the forums much over the weekend unless I get a PM, or there’s something going on over the weekend that I’m aware of (i.e. upcoming trade deadline, draft, etc.).
Even after I discovered AD was being shopped, I had no idea there was an artificial deadline. I was still processing the offer / thinking of potential counters when the AD deal got posted. I’m not a GM that rushes negotiations, unless there’s an impending deadline (i.e. trade deadline, or upcoming draft pick, etc.). Even if it’s a deal I like, I usually take a bit to give myself time to fully digest it and potentially think of anything I may have missed, before accepting. Similarly, I never rush GMs into accepting a deal either (again, unless there’s an impending deadline). I think some GMs are nervous to trade with me because my team has been good for a long, long time. But that has more to do with drafting than anything else. Every major contributor on my team (except Okaro) has been drafted: Shaq, Taylor, Austin, Collins, Ferguson, Whiteahead, Beasley. I know my system very well, and I’m good at drafting players that fit that system.
I don’t think it’s any secret that I could’ve beaten that deal (even Marcos has admitted as much), but there was clearly a breakdown in communication. It happens. Not the end of the world. Marcus is clearly happy with the return he got or he wouldn’t have accepted, and I’m not going to lose any sleep over missing out on AD because I don’t live on the forums over the weekend.