Re: If DA doesn't come up with a rim protector before the regular season starts, I'll lose all respect for him.
posted at 8/26/2014 1:08 PM EDT
In response to CelticGreenLP's comment:
In response to MitchUnderpants' comment:
In response to fishers5's comment:
In response to MitchUnderpants' comment:
This is BS. I understand Wyc's frustration. We've got everything but a rim protector, and we've got draft picks to burn- come on Danny, what's the holdup?
There's no sense in waiting for a quality center to just fall out of the sky. This is what our war chest of draft picks is supposed to be for. Tanking for one season socks, but tanking in back-to-back seasons? Not sure if any player is worth that.
Next season's FA class is headlined by Rondo. It's awful. And next year's draft class isn't looking too great either. Our we really going to spend the whole season showcasing Rondo and Bass in an effort to get Cauley-Stein and more draft picks??
I've been hoping we'd get Hibbert for a ham sandwich, as it appears Indy has no other choice but to tank. I doubt the Pacers would want more than a combo of Bass, pick(s), and expiring contracts (which we need to get rid of anyway).
Please DA, for chrissakes, do something.
just who are the rim protectors and are they available ??
Always Right.....at least in my mind
"Who are the rim protectors and are they available?" Start with Hibbert. As absent-minded as he became during the end of the season/playoffs, it was Hibbert that ascended Indy into the Finals. Of course, they had excellent role players, depth, and a superstar in George - but the most important player was Hibbert. No one else had a 7'2 giant blocking the paint.
(As an aside- I think Hibbert fell to pieces because he put too much pressure on himself when Bynum came to town. He already wasn't very popular in the locker room/team bus. And I don't think his teammates felt bad when he imploded. Hibbert is excellent when he focuses on defense and doesn't worry about his offense - a la players like Perkins, Asik. I think he's an excellent buy-low candidate for a team desperate for size...I think he's a bargain...and I think having Jeff Green as a teammate will help him fit in)
Back to rim protectors- Deandre Jordan was phenomenal last season. I seriously doubt Doc will let go of him, and I think he's got about 3 years left on his contract. What pains me to see is, teams like Cleveland throwing it at players like Mozgov. I'd like to see DA go after these guys. Guyls like Gorgiu Deng. Make Flip another offer he cannot refuse.
If teams like Cleveland are chasing these guys, why can't we?
Nice series of posts. Well thought out and presented.
However, DeAndre Jordan is on the last year of his contract, and will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. I think the Clippers will have to let him go because of the large contracts they are already giving to Blake and CP3. But maybe they will work it out because of Doc's affinity for the guy.
His impending free agency is really the ONLY reason I brought him up as an option. Unlike really good defensive Centers like Asik, Davis, Drummond ect. he actually WILL be on the market. And Danny has shown interest in him before, which cant be said for any other Center being discussed except Asik, who is no longer an option.
As far as giving him $14mil+ a year, I would rather take 26yo DeAndre who is known to have a great attitude, no serious injury history, and elite athleticism over Greg "The Paint Clogging Slug" Monroe, Roy "Slow as Molasses, and Dumb as Rocks" Hibbert, and Marc "There's no way in Heck the Celtics are Getting Him" Gasol. Who will all make as much or more than Jordan.
On a side note, I too love Dieng as a prospect. I have called him the Drummond of the west, and I think that is true. I would trade anyone not named Marcus Smart for him right now. He is an All-Star and 1st team all defender in the making but it isn't just about his defense. He has a rare combination of being an elite defender as well as developing a really nice and varied offensive game that has grown in leaps and bounds in just one season. Imagine if Bradley was 6'11" had a 7'3" reach and actually had a soft touch around the basket. That is Gorgui Dieng.
Unfortunately, it looks like the Wolves believe this too, and I highly doubt we could get him with any reasonable combination of players and picks.
Well, you have to give to get.............and they want to get rid of Barea. Perhaps if we traded for Barea, they would give us Dieng. He is on the last year of his deal, and although we don't need any other guards, MN wants to get rid of his deal, and we could get Dieng in the process. We have a TPE, right?