Bargnani and a crappy Garcia contract for Gasol? Why on Earth would they do that :X
I feel like the window for getting good value for Gasol has passed. Nobody wants that huge contract.
What about this deal instead (modification of your deal)?
Our first rounder to SAC, LA future first rounder to TOR.
Why do none of the trades ever proposed on this site ever make sense for all teams involved. I am not sure if it was one of the 24/7 guys, but somebody brought up a good point. When people make trades here, we are always shipping off crap for dollars. Before you put together a trade, look at how it impacts both teams. Please.
Great article. I know a lot of people will think it's NOLA connection based, but I think Granger should be considered as a very good option at the 3, at least as a stopgap before the loaded 2014/15 FA class. He's got 1 year remaining on his deal, is redundant to the superior Paul George (who has played some SG, but is definitely more of a SF at 6'9), and if the Pacers want to re-sign West (who is more important to the team) without flirting with the tax, they'll need to deal Granger. The Hornets will be one of the few teams in the NBA that both need a SF and have the cap space to take Granger on without sending much (if any) salary back. Assuming Smiht picks his game back up, I think he and a pick (definitely lotto protected) may be enough to get it done. While Granger's FG% has dropped each of the last 4 seasons, he's still a 17/5 caliber player that is a capable 3 point shooter (38% career) and a solid defender. Best case scenario to get a great deal on him is if he doesn't come back until March (currently expected back in Feb) and takes a little while to get going.
Even if we end up drafting Shabazz/Proythress, I'd like to have them come off the bench for a season while learning a few things from Granger. Next year's PG and SF FA's are pretty terrible after CP3. Getting Granger would allow the team to be as competitive as possible while giving us the cap space to spend on a loaded 2014/15 FA group.
I once again look forward to the free agency period....one more peek a little while ago has me now thinking about a possible Hickson/Budinger combo....trim some of the gristle off our current roster, draft wisely, and I think we go to war with the big boys very, very soon....
Nola, you realize that Bargaini is a worse player on a pretty crappy contract as well. I think the Lakers would have to get Lawry in this deal. This it's redundant with Nash? Well, with D'Antoni they have been starting Darrius Morris at the 3 (A PG). Lowry would pretty much be perfect in that spot for them. The Raptors GM may be desperate/ stupid enough to do this but the Lakers GM will not be. Kupcheck is one of the best GMs out there.
No, the pieces people want to turn into Cousins are crap. Just because Smith, Vasquez, and Lopez are doing well here doesn't mean they are much in way of good. Heck Jackson Vroman, Dan Dickau, etc. those guys were great on the Hornets team back in the day. They didn't last long once they went on to other teams. They were just the brightest turds in a pile of dung. Same for those guys. Any top tier team and they are hidden away at the end of the bench. And you want the Kings to give us Cousins for scraps? Really?
Josh Childress was just waived from the Nets. He would seem to be an upgrade over some of the guys we have at SF: http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap...Josh_Childress
Let's stick to the three year plan. I like Shabazz a lot in that three spot. He could be the next Kobe/Durant. That's the kind of guy we need to complete this lineup. We need to bring in our "best" player on our team if we hope to win a championship. No reason to bring in more mediocre talent.
My biggest fear was we would be stuck between tank and playoff push. That seems like it might become the case now; its not the end of the world but its kind of upsetting because i really wanted shabazz. Hopefully demps finds a player that can contribute.
Our team is so young and our cap situation is good. I don't think it's a bad thing to build primarily through free agency now instead of the draft.
For me, the goal this year is to develop our young players, develop our chemistry and to make our team attractive to free agents in the offseason. With that in mind, the more games we can win, the better, irregardless of if we make the playoffs or the lottery.
So if we go 38-14 over our last 52 games we're in, which means winning 73% of out games. I think that's being very optimistic.
And i think with Gordon uninjured all season early we would be at 500 or slightly over. That can be considered delusional but idgaf. I said early on hes the one irreplacable player we cant lose (besides AD)