The one thing everyone has overlooked is that if Carlton end up finishing bottom four next year, one would think they would have a very strong case for a priority pick under the AFL's rules.
If a priority pick is denied under those circumstances, then surely thoughts must turn to whether a challenge to the application of the relevant rules in court would be warranted.
STEPHEN Silvagni was doing his best to channel his inner Billy Beane at Marvel Stadium. While the Carlton list manager's decision to give up a future first-round draft selection to Adelaide for pick No.19 shocked many on Thursday night, the deal was all about the maths – much like many of Beane's own moves, made as general manager of baseball franchise the Oakland Athletics and portrayed famously by Brad Pitt in the movie 'Moneyball'. On face value, the trade appears ultra-risky; Carlton has failed to finish outside the bottom six in four consecutive seasons, while Adelaide remains in its premiership window despite a rocky 2018 campaign where the Crows missed the finals altogether.