2 days ago I made a fanpost saying who I think we should keep and what moves I think shoud be made, Today I've changed my mind and want to overhaul our roster. Ha, Luckily, I don't think Pete D takes much advice from my posts and comments. Although I must admit I believe I have GM tendencies similar to the likes of Poppovich, Pat Riley, Masai Urijii, I have no actual experience in this field to determine if I have winning formulas or am just talking out of my arse. Anywho, I'm ready to revamp this roster.
I mentioned in my post yesterday that Tyreke wouldn't be a bad option at the three if we keep him, and while I hold firm in my thoughts about him being capable I've changed my tune to that notion and think we should go in another direction. One thing that I'm certain of on him is that he's valuable, regardless if he is on our roster or Sign and Traded. I also mentioned I want Demarcus traded, I'm still iffy on him but I called Grant Napier the other day and he confirmed to me that Cousins will be on a very short leash with the new regime, and Grant's so brilliant and knows everything.
Now that the draft is over and I'm satisfied with our selections, the next order of business is Free Agency. I am a firm believer in spending money wisely, managing the cap, trading smart, and underrated signings that help your team. We have some player's that are valuable, we just have to find teams that will benefit from the players were looking to offload that create win-win situations. I think the first player we should target in free agency is, Darren Collison. I know we have Isaiah Thomas and I like him but the way Collison plays seems a little more complimentary to the players we have,That does not mean Collison is the better overall player. I think he's one of the fastest player's in the league, (along the lines of Ty Lawson in my opinion), and I think his speed will push the tempo and create some easy opportunities. Malone and Pete D mentioned fast paced offense and shooting in the way they want to play, Collison brings both of those skills. He's not the best shooter but he will knock down open shots and take what the defense gives him. He is great at penetrating, he's not the most creative finisher or disher but he's good enough. He is a capable passer and defender and he's still relatively young. I know he was expected to become better than where he's at after his phenominal play during CP3's absence, but I like what he brings to the team and I haven't seen him play in a system that suits him best. A couple of reasons I prefer him to Thomas are that he seems like more of a penetrating up and down the court pg while Thomas seems like more of a slow paced perimeter oriented pg. I think he is going to be a very underrated player this off season, if we can get him at 5-7 mil for four years I think that's a steal.
The next player I would target is Corey Brewer. Everytime I look for the answer to our small forward problems, Nothing is ever good enough. While Brewer has his deficiencies, I think what's bothered me the most the last few years from our SF's was the inability to defend any athletic or taller players at that position. Brewer would be a great option at sf as a stopgap or spot starter for our team, he hustles his butt off, plays tough defense, leaks out for easy opportunities and cuts to the hoop. I know he can barely shoot but we need those intangibles he brings on the court. I would do a sign and trade with Denver to acquire him to rid our team of some salary and player's who arent in future plans, and I'm sure Pete D and Denver can work something out. Maybe S&T Brewer at 4-6 mil through four years for Jimmer and Hayes. Denver says they really want to bring Iggy back and with Farried, McGee, Lawson, Gallo (out for the start of the season) and W. Chandler they lack some shooting and dont need Brewer, not to mention they just traded their staring Center Koufas and Hayes can be a backup to Mcgee.
These are some of the smart underrated player's I would try to snag. The teams with cap space (Cleveland, Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee, Charlotte, SA, New Orleans, Dallas (had both of thee player's and they seem to prefer fresh faces)) seem to have PGs so I dont think Collison would be highly sought after, And Brewer isnt really worth more than what I would offer him. I just think they would both fit very well with the style Pete and Malone seem to want to run.
Onto Trades. I'll start With Tyreke because he is actually the first one who need's to be dealt with. I really like Tyreke's capabillities but I'm not sure he is going to fit Malones system. Malone seems like he wants, shooting, High bball IQ, passing, fast paced players and Tyreke is more of a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. To be honest I probably wouldnt mind holding onto him but Thronton would definately have to go and I think it would slow down Mclemore's growth as a player, not saying Thornton still wont have to go but he'd be a little harder to move right away. Tyreke is valuable, I dont want to see him sign with a team and we just let him go and dont match, I want something in return for him. You never get equal value back in sign and trades so we cant expect it. A S&T I thought of was a 3 way deal of Reke to Boston with a Dallas Pick, Rondo to Dallas, Marion Shane Larkin and a Dal pk to us. The reason why I wouldnt just do Rondo to us for Reke is because I think Boston would require a pick (note: Bklyn-Bos trade) and I'm not sure if Rondo would bring his horrendous attitude he supposedly has with him here because he doesnt want to be here around our young guys. There were reports Dallas wants Rondo to help lure Dwight and we know how desperate Dallas can get, And Reke's contract should be in that 9 mil ballpark for it to work. I'm sure theres other option with Reke but I wouldnt mind a young guy like Larkin who is said to have tremendous P&R ability along with an extra pick next yr, It's value for a guy who could just walk.
I've been thinking about ways to offload Thornton and the only way I see that happening is if IT is included, which I wouldn't totally oppose if we had young PGs like the one's mentioned eariler. After seeing Philly drop Holliday for pennies on the dollar maybe an IT22 and Thornton for Thad Young might entice them, they are going to need scoring next year with Holiday, Wright, Nick Young, Bynum all gone or entering free agency unless they want to avg 50 ppg. Another trade I think we could pursue is with Milwaukee, who has like 14 bigs and Brandon Jennings. They were said to have offered Monta Ellis a 3 year extension that he declined and JJ Redick is a Free Agent, so they may need some scoring. IT22/Thornton/Patterson for Illyasova/Henson. I keep forgetting Patterson is a good player who can be a trade chip. We should keep one of Thornton or Evans for awhile until Mclemore gets acclimated and entranched in the starting SG spot. Im tired of writing so I'm just going to leave this post like this. Started rambling but just some ideas I wanted to share.