Re: Knicks Trying To Get Rondo
posted at 11/19/2013 12:09 PM EST
In response to R9R's comment:
Not to be a pest, but both of you are wrong.
Fierce - Danny is going to try to build around Rondo. He doesn't have the luxury of consecutive years in the draft, because (rightfully so) Rondo will walk to a contender at the end of his contract
Mployee - Danny is not going to trade Rondo for Jennings. I mean, go ahead and have fun with trade proposals and ideas for the future, but its pretty clear that isn't the path ... yet.
Danny will first look to build around Rondo. He will see if we are in position to draft a franchise guy who is NBA ready (meaning a ROY season around 20ppg). In my humble opinion, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle are those guys. I think Randle is extremely talented but will be the ultimate small-ball 4, and our team doesn't need that. I think Danny looks to draft Parker and hopes Sully will continue his development into an effective low post and rebouding player. We still need a Center and that will need to be accomplished via TRADE. That's why I keep saying, Asik, Asik, Asik. He is a starting center without a home right now.
If we are unable to draft Jabari, I expect Danny to package the pick and one of our talented young PFs and Hump's expiring in a bigger trade for a veteran big. Aldridge would be a perfect fit, though the stars need to align. If Portland combusts like last year, there'll be opportunity. If not, I don't know where else to look. Maybe Memphis misses the playoffs and we can steal away Gasol. Who knows what will happen.
I like Hayward. I'm not sure how he fits (staring SG, SF or bench) or if he is attainable via offer sheet or trade, but if we can't land Jabari we need a go-to scorer. I think a combo of Hayward and Green, although neither will average the 25ppg can combine for serious production (37ppg).
R9R, you've missinterpreted my post on Monroe. I was going along with El Dunker or someone else's idea of Rondo for Monroe and read that Detroit not wanting to part with Drummond (who I'd love to see Danny get) would be willing to trade Monroe and Jennings (matches RR salary) for RR. Assuming Danny can't get Drummond away from Detroit, does Danny opt for that deal (Monroe & Jennings which seems to be doable on the face of it) and would you then still trade for Asik keeping Monroe at PF or have him split time with Asik as equals at C?
Pay no attention to Fungus's posts on my Monroe deal as he just likes to spin posts to his advantage to drum up attention. I'm in the camp that thinks it's best to see what happens with RR when he comes back and plays a minimum of 10 games to assess his abilities. Then 25 games should tell us if he fits Brad's style and can be the PG most of us think he is. Only after that would I consider offers/options should somebody make Danny an outrageous offer he can't refuse.
I'm in the build around RR/Green/Sully/Oly as a core until or unless and one of them or a combo of them/picks can bring us someone better. And as much as I've been a backer of an Asik trade I would prefer to have Hawes who is a much better scorer with a dependable FT % compared to Asik. I think Philly expects to lose Hawes and wonder if they wouldn't be interested in our $10MM TPE if that's what it takes to do a S&T to land him in July. In the meantime we can look to convert Hump/Wallace/Bass/Bogans/Brooks into picks or other yoots and still have those our 2014 lottery pick as you mentioned. Pretty good assets to rebuild with. And regarding Hayward ... I see him as viable cuz he played for Brad and Brad can utilize his skills. Whether Danny wants to or can get him remains to be seen.