Re: A look ahead... the draft/FA
posted at 5/8/2012 4:03 PM EDT
In Response to Re: A look ahead... the draft/FA
[QUOTE]I like some of the thoughts around here. I agree that there are some intriguing moves for Ainge to consider, #1 being whether to bring back KG and how to get him some help at the 4/5.Thats really two moves.
1. Bring back KG asap, make sure it is reasonable (so we can get him some help), and move on from there. Something like 2 years 12 million would be great. Absolutely no more than the 2/20 they gave Ray.
I know money is always money and you can never have enough of it, etc. But when it comes to KG (and Ray) you have to think that two guys who have made 291 and 178 MILLION in salary alone in the league can leave 6-7-8 million on the table when that is the difference in a 35-45 million free agent (Perk/DeAndre Jordan come to mind) or a 20-25 millon FA (Gomes/Baby come to mind) and it could mean a 2nd rd loss or a title.
2. If you get KG for 6-7 million next year then you can make your Hibbert/McGee offers, if that fails b/c they are matched then make a serious run at Humphries and if that fails still upgrade the lineup with somebody like Jason Thompson, Spencer Hawes, or Chris Kaman, who are 5's but don't really rebound like it (already an issue here).
The second most important move is Bass. I can't see him taking his player option, so either sign him to a reasonable deal or parlay him into something.Yeah 1 year 4 million is cheap for a guy who proved he can be your 5th-6th best player and a 12/6 on a contender or maybe your 4th best player and a 16/7 on a non-contender. Like Baby last year we can't let him walk tho. Sign and trade him, giving him like 5/30, and get back another big in return. Unlike last year with Baby we have cap space so we don't have to trade matching contracts but can take back somebody who is slightly overpaid.
Steimsma looks like part of the rotation at the 5,Yeah, he is restricted at 1 million, so unless anyone wants to more than triple that he isn't going anywhere. Then again in a perfect world he only plays 8-14 minutes a game, not 16-22.
and maybe Williams or Hollins will prove that they can be part of the solution there too. I know Ainge will draft for talent and not for position, but I'm hoping he can find a guy who will be a reasonable facsimile of Perk -- tough and defensive minded. Big need, and hard to find in a draft of 19-21 year olds. Remember Perk didn't show he belonged until his 3rd-4th year in the league.
At the 3/4, having Jeff Green back will help, and maybe J. Johnson, with the benefit of an offseason and training camp, can fill a role next year. At the 2/3, I think the roster could stand an infusion of talent. Maybe Moore can be that guy, but if Ray is gone it would be great to have a guy who can give quality minutes. I'm hoping Pietrus stays around, but I think this is a position of need.One of the draft picks can easily be used to fill the remaining minutes if you are talking about one of Ray and Peaches returning. In fact I'd rather trade both picks up to get a talent who can be the 3rd best player on a contender for years over picking rotational 5th-6th men at 21/22.
At the 1/2 I like the mix. Rondo and Bradley are undersized but I think they will really learn to complement one another more with a year under their belt. I think having someone like a Dooling is fine, but there are other Keyon Doolings out there. Given the lack of any franchise-changing FA's this year, I think it makes sense for Danny to keep as much as this team together as possible on one year deals. The only caveat is if there is anybody in RFA that the C's have an actual shot to land with their cap space. Can they realistically take a shot at maxing Hibbert? Can Indy match? Should they? Hibbert is a nice player, but his body of work is a bit short. Anyway, keep up the good posts fellas. Agreed
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