Guys this is a solid move for us. Lopez fills the "young vet" route that DD and MW talked about. 5 million a year for a backup big is not terrible, think about the ridiculous contracts floating around the league (Okafor anyone?). He doesn't do anything to eliminate cap flexibility going forward. Nothing. We still have 13 mill coming off the books, and AFA, Vasquez, & Henry can all be wiped clean to make more cap room. That is called flexibility. Is it best case scenario that we have to not tender those guys and/or renounce them? No, I think they are good players that can fit in here. However, the fact is we are flexible enough to make those moves if necessary. I also think our frontcourt is pretty much complete for the next 3-4 years going forward. The position I think they are set on upgrading, based on the recent moves, are at the SF position. If they go for a big time contract, I think the move ends up being renouncing/Trading X and AFA and throwing money at an Iguadala/rudy gay type player. What if AFA goes nuts and plays great this year? Well, that changes the plan - and that's the beauty of it - the plan can change based on what happens this year. This dude just flipped a top 55 protected 2nd round pick a week ago and turned it into Robin Lopez & Hakim Warrick. Tough to argue that logic.
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Ryan Anderson is not athletic/quick enough to guard most SF's in this league (and Davis isn't going to guard SF's... he's a paint protector). He's better suited as a PF that opens up the lane offensively.
Plus, if you move Anderson to the 3, your depth in the front court becomes much weaker. Jason Smith & Robin Lopez are both most likely best suited as 12-20 minutes a game players while Anderson is 30-35 and Davis is 34-38.
I don't see Aminu going anywhere unless it's a package deal for a high priced SF (which I don't see happening anytime soon). Aminu still has a long way to go offensively, but he's a legit defensive player already. Bruce Bowen made a career out of that.
Hypothetically, we could start Lopez, Davis, and Anderson and play a zone because we have Davis, but I prefer man defense.
I love the roster philosophy of the new regime compared to the old regime.
getting a true center does wonders for Davis. We basically sent out Oakafor, Ariza, Jack and Ayon for Anderson, Lopez and Warrick. Where do I sign? If we renounce X, we should still have enough space to make a good addition next year. The core is Davis and Gordon, we've surrounded them with moveable assets, Warrick will be an expiring next year, Anderson was cheap, Lopez is a 7fter. Lopez and Anderson are young guys with potential to get better to add to the young guys we've already got.
MAYBE YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN DELL, BUT FOR GOD'S SAKE, BELIEVE IN THE SPURS MODEL.
whose with me?!
now let's go draft some Euros
http://www.nola.com/hornets/index.ss..._river_defaultThe New Orleans Hornets are on the verge of filling an obvious hole on their roster, working toward acquiring center Robin Lopez from the Phoenix Suns in a reported three-team trade.
A league source confirms the Hornets' interest in Lopez, but indicated it may be a day or so before any swap could be officially consummated.
Various media outlets have reported the pending sign-and-trade transaction, which may send Lopez and power forward Hakim Warrick to New Orleans from Phoenix while the Suns would acquire swingman Wesley Johnson and a first-round draft choice from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The T-Wolves would receive the contract of Brad Miller, which the Hornets recently obtained along with point guard Jerome Dyson and draft picks from New Orleans.
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I really like what they've done. They are setting themselves to be able to pick up a third star next year. It's all going to hinge on how Gordon and Davis do this year, whether they play well enough to make this a "destination" in free agency next year.
I keep trying to compare the development of this team to that of Okc:
Durant = Davis (the big star)
Westbrook = Gordon
Harden = Rivers? (big unknown, but I'm crossing my fingers)
Collison = Lopez?
Perkins = ???? Don't think we have this player on our roster yet, but god I hope we can do better than Perkins
Ibaka = Maybe Aminu? Could Aminu develop into that much a defense presence? A guy who can lock down Lebron, Melo and Durant?
See if you look at it this way, our young roster doesn't seem that far away. Just need to add time to bake and maybe a dash of seasoning here or there. An NBA championship may be calling our names in 3-5 years!
Last edited by sfernald; 07-25-2012 at 12:45 PM.
So is this going to happen or not?
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