Re: A possible way to kick start the Clipper deal?
posted at 6/19/2013 9:15 PM EDT
I think if you're going the total rebuild route, there's 3 big steps:
You help the Cippers keep Paul with the KG trade, getting Jordan and 2 picks at the very least.
You trade PP for what you can get for him. Cavs won't trade the 1, but the nineteen and/or next year's maybe. I feel that he needs to be sent somewhere that's going to put hime in a position to be successful, and I think the Cavs have a team that could be sneaky good.
Irving, Ellington, PP, Thompson, and Varejao with Livingston, Gibson, Waiters, Gee, Miles, Speights and Zeller on the bench is a fairly solid young team in need of everything PP brings. That way they can feel good about spending the #1 on Noel or Len and not reach with the pick for Porter for fit or Oladipo for his leadership qualities.
Since you've helped the Clippers keep Paul, you now have a bunch of squads with money and only 2 big free agents on the market. I say help a team make up the toughest big 3 to root for in the history of the game with Smith Howard and Rondo. Ideally this would be a trio you'd create in the West somewhere like Dallas or Houston, but Atlanta would be a very good fit as well.
After that you fill out the rest of the roster. Everything I read has the Mavs practically giving away the #13 pick...If they actually would sell it, just get it for cash considerations. And then go to a team that has a solid roster looking to make a move this year with one really bad, but expiring contract. I think there has to be a team out there who could use a Bass/Lee and maybe Crawford group that could bring back a bad contract that would be gone next year.
All in all, you build around Green and Sully looking for Bradley to come off the bench. You get as many picks as humanly possible. With all of these moves you get 2 1st rounders from the Clippers, maybe 2 1st rounders from the Cavs, at least a #1 coming back for Rondo, the #13 from Dallas, and maybe a pick for other pieces. That leaves you with a possibility of 10 picks in the next couple drafts....just the odds alone there leave you with one great player, if not a full team of solid players.
Obviously just a bunch of thoughts put together, with 3 real points, but the possibilities are out there for a really good kickstart.