While I see the modest point that AD could offer coaching and a solid role as a minimally used third point guard, I have to disagree wholeheartedly that he would be an upgrade over ANYONE on the current roster.
And arguably it comes down to this: would AD be more valuable to this team than Simmons (as this is the scholarship in question)? To me, the answer is an emphatic no. I see why some may think AD’s cerebral experience and knowledge of Coach B’s tactics and strategy is valuable. But it’s my hunch that the having Simmons on the scout team helps push both Z and Eli more than anything—physical or mental—AD could provide. Simmons is quicker than AD, shiftier, stronger, and plays better defense. So even though AD might be able to get in Z and Eli’s ear, I’d much rather leave the coaching to the staff and have Simmons make them better ballers by competing with them at a higher level every day in practice.
Just my two cents.