Contingency Plans (Ideas Not Predictions)
posted at 12/17/2011 12:53 AM EST
If Green s/b lost for the season (hopefully that's the extent of it) and we get a one year "Disabled Player Exception" for 50% of his salary then who do we pursue?
Since we now have Daniels & Pavlovic able to back up Pierce at SF, we can opt for another Center, a SG or replay the David West scenario with a PF enabling KG to play some time at center.
Some players at each position that might fit:
At SF, Travis Outlaw has been waived and might take the exception though he didn't have a very good season last year.
At C, Okafor makes sense both as a player and trade bait for DH this season or longer term if the C's are unable to sign DH via a S&T or as a FA.
If it's another SG then Arron Afflalo (RFA) and Nick Young (RFA) are two good ones with Afflalo being more defensive but not as likely to be a recurrent All-Star as Young ... which is why the Wizz will most likely match any offer.
Or for yet another PF, he's not David West but he's younger and with the right mentors, Kris Humphries (FA) could develop into a descent scorer to augment his rebounding and also free up KG for some center play and/or help to shave some minutes off his playing time.
From SB Nation:
> What he [Humphries] brings is a tenacious nose for the ball on the glass. Last season, Hump registered the No. 5 offensive rebounding rate in the entire league, and finished No. 2 on the defensive boards. Part of that can be owed to having a poor rebounding center in Lopez -- Humphries' defensive rate was much higher in New Jersey than it'd been elsewhere over his first 5-1/2 seasons -- but Hump has always been a monster on the offensive glass, and should remain so.
Humphries is underwhelming as a scorer; his career per-36 average is 13.2 with a 46 percent effective field goal percentage that's quite low for a role player who takes only an average number of shots. Hump's mid-range jumper is rarely used but not bad; he shouldn't be asked to stroke it from outside much, but when he does he will be a decent option.
Painfully few rumors about Humphries' next team have surfaced compared to all of the rumors about his personal life. He seems like a natural fit for a full mid-level exception (four years, $22 million
), but could drive for more if teams struggle to use up their cap space. <
Maybe $4.5 will do for 1 year knowing we will have cap space in the off season for a longer deal if he performs well. But most likely, he will opt for the biggest contract like most young players with no conception of how tough it is to win one ring over their careers.