Re: If we could get Rudy then.....
posted at 8/30/2010 12:38 AM EDT
In Response to Re: If we could get Rudy then.....
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: If we could get Rudy then..... : What I don't understand is why do you want to trade BBD, a PF, for a backup SF when a big man is more important than a wing player. BBD is KG's backup and last year's best rebounder. I think he's more valuable than any backup SF out there.
Posted by P34[/QUOTE]
I think PP is on the downside and we will witness his aging fairly rapidly. Therefore it is imperative that we have a decent backup to save his aging legs and provide more days off as needed.
I think with Shaq at Center we have enough at PF with JON and KG. When JON is at Center that is the only time we will be weak at PF with KG and possibly Luke should Davis be traded. When Perk comes back (provided he's close to 100%) then we have Shaq & Perk at center with KG and JON at PF. So we are only weak at PF until Perk returns and JON has to play both C/PF.
I think given those circumstances we'd be more competitive with a creditable SF or SF/PF behind PP than worrying about the backup at PF when we have two guys there already (KG/JON). Amundson and even Joe Smith could provide enough given an affective SF backup should we need to trade Davis to get that SF. So it's a matter of priorities .... I think SF is more important and you think BBD is more important than overplaying PP it seems ... somewhat surprising coming from a guy sporting a PP image for his moniker.
Louis Amundson, PF: Amundson seemed to carve out a niche for himself in Phoenix over the last two seasons, providing the Suns with energy, effort and athleticism off the bench while proving that he belongs in the NBA.
The former UNLV standout is a solid finisher, rebounder and shot blocker who could add some size and hustle to any bench in the NBA. The Warriors, Hornets and Pacers are all said to be hot in pursuit of Amundson and he could reach a deal prior to the conclusion of this week.
Joe Smith, PF/C: There isn't a whole lot to dislike about Joe Smith. Yes, he's an aging (well, maybe an aged) big man at this point in his career, but he is a solid locker room guy with tons of experience and knowledge.
The former No. 1 overall draft pick (1995) won't give a team a ton of minutes throughout the season but could be a serviceable spot starter on the front line and be a valuable commodity come playoff time for the veteran's minimum.
IS it time for another look at Simmons? I still prefer Hayes but Hoopsworld has him as one of their ten best remaining FA's.
Bobby Simmons, SF: Since winning the NBA's Most Improved Player award in 2005, Simmons has seen his numbers fall off considerably and the DePaul product was never able to live up to the five-year, $47 million contract he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks the following offseason.
Let's not make it seem as though Simmons brings nothing to the table, however. In eight NBA seasons (he sat out the '06-07 campaign while nursing an ankle injury), Simmons has posted career averages of 9.4 points, four rebounds and 1.6 assists in 25 minutes per game while shooting .401 from behind the three-point line. In 2008-09, his .447 shooting from distance was good enough to rank fifth in the NBA.
Simmons certainly isn't going to command anywhere near the same type of money that Milwaukee game him back in 2005, but he is veteran player that can stretch the floor and rebound his position.