While building through the draft is always fun, lets figure other ways we could rebuild this 17 win team.
Good teams have been built through the draft, and it certainly looks like its working well for the Trail Blazers, however its not the only way to win games. We could do like the pistons did and build through the free agency period, or maybe a trade to acquire a talented player.
We have a few key assets, mainly k9's(woof!) expiring contract. Teams are scrambling to clear cap space for the star studded 2010 free agency period and while thats all good and nice for the New York's of the NBA, doesnt work so well for the Sacramento small market teams. K9 (woof!) could bring home a few good players simply because hes 9 million off the books next season.
For example, before this great run the Nuggets went through this post season, there was talk that Mello could be had for the right price. While not many like mello, i for one love his game. He is the type of player that would be a great benefit to have for K-Mart. Double teams everytime down the court would free up Martin's shot and hopfully bring his shot percentage back up to 47% plus. Im sure some team will want to rebuild and is willing to shed a star player for expiring contracts and draft picks. Maybe Stoudamire?
Since we are a cash strapped team right now, one of the many teams that needed financial assistance from the NBA this past season, a free agent does not seem likely for us. But for the sake of arguement, we are going to be roughly 8 or so million under cap this season. With that much money we probably couldnt sign a Boozer type player but could bring in a David Lee? I dont think its worth it however so just save the cap space for bigger and better things.
Now finally the draft. There is alot of speculation going around that we might be able to land the lil Spainard that we have been watching for so long. If we grab Rubio at 4, somone like Casspi at 23, and im hearing alot of Beaubois so perhaps him at 31 or somone like Darren Collison if he falls.
As for our current team, lets hope that Donte Greene blossoms into a stud, K-Mart stays healthy, Beno gets his head out of the millions of dollars he took Pietrie for and plays well, JT/Hawes continue to progress as solid bigs, and Noc stops bitching!!!
Lemme know what you guys think.