Re: LaMarcus Aldridge On The Move
posted at 7/18/2013 1:40 PM EDT
In response to Fierce34's comment:
In response to Archer1's comment:
Kevin Love is an elite rebounder, one of the best passing big men in the NBA, and can shoot 3s. Marc Gasol is an elite defender, passer, and is considered by most to be the premier center in the game. Carmelo has one of the most complete and diverse offensive repertoires in the game and is an underrated passer/rebounder.
Brook Lopez and Al Jefferson are on par with him, maybe a shade behind.
LaMarcus Aldridge is a nice player who is capable of being the #2/#3 player on a championship team, but he is no savior and would not make the Cs elite. He reminds me of Chris Bosh for Toronto - except Chris Bosh in Toronto put up better numbers.
Kevin Love is an elite rebounder, but he's not as good as Aldridge on offense.
Marc Gasol is an elite defender and passer, but like what we saw in the playoffs, Marc Gasol is not capable of carrying a team. When the Griz needed to score, Marc Gasol couldn't deliver. The Griz ended up getting swept by the Spurs.
Carmelo is a great individual player, but he's not a team player. He needs the ball a lot and he shoots a lot. If you just want to win 50 games and make the playoffs every season then Melo's your man. But if you want a championship, you pass on Carmelo Anthony.
I already said Ainge would be building through the draft. So if we don't get Aldridge, I'm willing to wait.
All I'm saying is Aldridge shortens the rebuilding process.
In the Drew Gooden thread you just sais something along the lines of (paraphrasing) "every loss gets uscloser to Wiggins".
So then why do you want to bring in LA? Wouldn't that make our team better and therefore push us further away from him? What is your goal for the team? Do you want to develop young players, stink, and hit the lottery or do you want to keep Rondo, cash in on young assets, and bring in another mid-level star to be a 4-5 seed in the East for the next 3-4 years?
I don't disagree on the premise of using assets to cash in on a big name player, but I don't think LA is the one or that this is the right time. Not with the best crop of draft prospects in a decade looming along with Durant or Love potentially available in a season or two.
Personally, I'd try to swap Rondo for Kemba/2014 CHA 1st, bottom out, pick up two top 10 draft picks and go from there with more picks in 2015, '16, '17, '18 (Nets picks in 2017 & '18 could be quite valuable).