Poeltl has value to us 3 ways:
1) Upgrading Kornet's minutes
2) Decreasing the # of minutes TL needs to play, allowing us to rest him for more games, or more portions of games, to preserve the odometer
3) Plausible step-in replacement for a TL injury, be it short or long term, because Kornet / Griffin / Al-at-the-5 is kinda ugly to contemplate
He also, as was noted, costs a lot less than his value this year. Is getting him a need? No. Is that value worth a 2025 first-round pick? Unlikely, in my view, but arguable with the right protections. Is that the highest-and-best use of trade capital right now? I'm struggling to identify many places we could reasonably upgrade the rotation, other than:
(1) Dumping Grant's expiring. This has value to trade partners, but Grant probably has more value to us for the remainder of the season than to an acquirer, plus we have the RFA-matching threat.
(2) Upgrading Hauser (as mentioned above). Any acquired upgrade would add a lot of luxury tax, given that Hauser barely costs the vet minimum, and is signed for two more seasons after this one. Finding better players than Hauser isn't hard. DARKO has him at -1.14 DPM (-0.24 offense, -0.90 defense), with his career arc having peaked and even receding a bit. Are there decent options for such an upgrade, leaving aside the price tag in assets?
Someone mentioned Crowder upthread, he's a similar 3-and-D role, at +1.22 (-0.61 offense, +1.83 defense), on an upswing the last season and a half in Phoenix, although he's sat the entire season thus far (despite now being healthy). He knows our system, would cost similar to Poeltl ($10.2 pro-rated) but within our exemptions. I dunno if the risk of getting him is worth it if Phoenix refuses to put him on the floor and give the league some tape on him.
Suppose we do get him, though. Is that better for our team than a Poeltl trade that would provide those 3 aspects of value above? An acquired Crowder would have almost no playoff role, and when on the floor he'd be a 4th option on offense at best. An acquired Poeltl would have minimal playoff role, unless there's a TL injury in which case he has a critical playoff role. I find it hard to believe that's not more important to our championship odds than upgrading Hauser right now.