CHOICE A: Your team has just earned the No. 3 overall pick in the draft and an opposing team’s GM has inquired about trading his perennial All-Star who is in his prime but isn’t guaranteed to stay past the end of his contract (which is in a year) for that No. 3 pick and a bunch of insignificant goods that equal in salary to make the trade plausible.

CHOICE B: Your team is willing to trade their perennial All-Star who has decided not to sign an extension and will be a free agent in a year for an opposing team’s No. 3 overall pick and a bunch of insignificant goods that equal in salary to make the trade plausible

Cohen’s Analysis: These are obviously parallel options. Again, it probably depends on the quality of the draft and whether you are confident the guy you get at No. 3 becomes an All-Star caliber player. If it’s 2014 we are talking about, Choice B is rational and rousing. If it’s 2013 we are referring to, Choice A makes a lot of sense.

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