Re: What it means to
posted at 2/18/2014 3:17 AM EST
Also, if Ainge is dumping Rondo and/or adding so many picks he needs to be able to dump Wallace's toxic contract. NO blow up rebuild is allowed to have 10m of Wallace on the 2015-2016 cap.
So if you were keeping track during my 'short story' you would see this team has these minutes avaialble:
C - 32
SF - 48
SG - 26-28
PG - 40
Here are my tweaks to blow it up in just two trades:
Charlotte - Humphries, Jeff Green and two future 2nd rd picks
Boston - Greg Monroe, Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva's expiring contracts
Detroit - Brandon Bass, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the Blazer's '14 1st rd pick (via Charlotte)
Green and Humphries (esp if he resigns) are worth a lot to the Bobcats, a desperate small market team needing proven veterans who are under 30 and still in their prime to possibly get them to the 2nd round of the playoffs. Nobody likes playing them now with Big Al dropping 25/11 routinely with no help and Kemba/Henderson combining for 35 points and 10 dimes a night. If you get the 11-11 Hump back in 30 mins instead of the 8/5 McRoberts and 17/6 Jeff Green in 35 mins over 8/5 MKG in 25 mins... they become a real fun team that will scare some people.
The Sessions, Douglas-Roberts, Jeff Taylor-Biyombo-Zeller bench is solid. Unfortunate that it has two guys who are probably busts as top 10 picks in there, but they are GOOD backups.
Detroit can move Smith to his more natural PF spot for 2/3 of his minutes, Bass is a great bench backup on a contender, MKG is their new more traditional SF needing a fresh start and is in the same age range as Drummond and Caldewell-Pope while not costing what Monroe will the next 3 years. The pick is icing for them.
Boston swaps expiring contracts and gets the perfect young big to pair with Sully. They will hope to get Monroe for 5/60 but will match even the max another team can go (4/58 Hibbert contract) if need be.
Boston - Terrence Ross, Raptor's unprotected 2014 pick, the right to swap either of our two picks in 2015 for the Raptor's pick (no protection) and Toronto's 2016 pick ( top 3 protected), Chuck Hayes, Landry Fields and C.J. Watson
Indiana - Kyle Lowry and Gerald Wallace
Toronto - Rajon Rondo, Danny Granger and the Pacers 2014 2nd rd pick
Indiana, desperate to unseat Miami, will take on Wallace's contract in exchange for Lowry. Lowry can be eased into the role of starting PG over the next 8-12 games before taking over from George Hill for the last 14-18. He is an upgrade to Hill as a starter and Hill an upgrade to Watson as a backup for sure and both guys are such high character players it shouldn't be an issue. They can even play together in the backcourt. Ditto for Wallace, whose PER is almost the same as Granger's and gives them slightly better defense and a good chemistry guy who will readily accept his bench role behind George, defend LeBron and can even play some mins alongside George.
Toronto gets Rondo at a HIGH price. But they shed the Fields/Hayes contracts for Granger's expiring. Granger would also be an enticing player for them to consider at 6-7m a year contract like the ones Fields and Salmons were given to join Rondo as a known quantity veteran. He should bounce back from that injury more year 2.
Boston gets the Raptor's pick in the 17-21 range this year, likely a better pick in '15 than the Clippers, another 1st, the cap space being rid of Wallace, a solid high characters vets in Hayes/Watson to mentor Sully/Pressey/Bradley and an explosive SF in Ross to help with the loss of Green.
BAM! rebuild in place.