Re: What I would do - trade the picks, build around Rondo
posted at 10/18/2013 7:13 PM EDT
No no no
you guys couldn't be more wrong (IMO). Do you not realize who wins championships? Its guys in their prime, not rookies. Lebron is the best thing since sliced bread, and it took him how many years? How many teams? Irving is probably the best up & comming PG ... and how many playoffs games has been in? Chris Paul?
Rondo is in his prime. Aldridge is in his prime. You don't trade one for the other. You dont hold on to your top 10 pick and expect that player to become an allstar within two years.
My Point Is This: We have one piece of a contender in Rondo and a lot of good role players and a lot of good draft picks. You either build a team around Rondo by making moves this year, this offseason OR you trade Rondo and the role players who are in their prime (Green, Lee, Bass, Humphries) for more picks & prospects and build through the draft.
If you build through the draft, you keep this 2014 pick and hope that is the first building block of a contender in 5 years. FIVE YEARS. You also hope that at least one of: KO, Sully or AB develop into an allstar over the nexy 3-5 years. You also hope that we can draft the third piece in the 2015-17 drafts. I can't emphasize enough that this is nothing short of a 5 year plan that does not include Rondo.
If you build around Rondo (who is 28) you do it by trading your assets this year. Rondo is the first piece, Green, Bradley and either KO or Sully are (maybe) your 3-6 options. You need at least two more top players and then you've build another window (similar to '08) for the next 6 years.
My thought here was that Aldridge could be a #2 option. Hayward could be a #3 option. Danny uses this year to evaluate whether KO or Sully is the better all around 4, because lets face it, they are both 4's in the NBA. Ideally its close. Ideally, Sully averages a double-double like 12-10 and KO averages somewhere around 16 - 6 - 5. Then you can trade one along with your 2014 first round pick for a guy like Aldridge. Then you find a way to get another excellent outside shooter and defender. I think that's Hayward.
You go into next year:
Rondo (29) averaging 15ppg- 11apg - 6 rpg
Hayward (25) averaging 15ppg - 3apg - 3rpg
Green (28) averaging 15ppg - 5rpg
Olynyk (22) - averaging 15ppg - 6rpg - 5apg
Aldridge (29) averaging 21ppg - 9rpg - 2bpg
With a bench of your best role players: Crawford (scoring&passing), Bradley(defense&shooting), Wallace (defense&scoring), Bass (defense&shooting), Favarani (stretch5, physical).
Remeber, we still have Colton Iverson, who hopefully along with Fav can be our big (&cheap) physical bodies at the 5.
That is the foundation of a playoff contender in what will still be a weak Eastern Conference. Of course this relies on your core guys to take their game to another level, and for Stevens to deliver coach-of-the-year level coaching, but the same is true for any team.