Re: Vet minimum centers possibly?
posted at 7/25/2011 1:31 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Vet minimum centers possibly?
[QUOTE]And there are two problems with David West: A. He opted out of 7-8 million, so he likely assumes to get more than the MLE that starts at 5m
B. He will be out the first month of the year with ACL surgery and likely limited throughout the rest of the season... not at fill-strength till 12-13. Now he is DEF better than Baby (although about to turn 30)... and maybe by the playoffs would be healthy enough to actually outplay him (NOT Nov-Feb... Baby will be a better player those months) But.... he is a PF, so is KG, so is J. Johnson... Green can play PF too... NONE of them can be called a Center. So your David West idea assumes he will accept the MLE and that we can then S&T Baby for a center who split time with JON??
Not high on my list of realistic situations.
Posted by rameakap[/QUOTE]
Let's look at West from a different perspective. In a potential lockout season he could have had guaranteed $ when play resumed and be a FA next year but turned that down. This, knowing that he would be recuperating from surgery too! So what advantage does he obtain from becoming a FA now? Will he make more $ under the new CBA? Will another team risk a big contract on a player untested since surgery and pay big money in year one for someone that may not be on the floor till Jan or Feb or later?
Most likely he and his agent felt that the future of NO was in question and a sinking ship with all the Chris Paul speculation. Why stay when he could at least play for a contender even if only for a shortened year? Then, once he's proven that his surgery isn't an issue he can sign longer term for a team and $ that he wants. He hasn't lost or gained a thing by opting out so far other than being paid while recuperating should the lockout be resolved quicker than expected. Why not take pro-rata MLE for a few months if it may get you a championship and then get you that last big contract? Or, see if a S&T is doable with NO and another team. He can win on both accounts ... that's my take and if that happens then we'd have KG, DW & Johnson at PF. I'd leave Green alone at the SF to fully develop in his natural position rather than trying to keep him in that combo player mode for now. KG can play some center depending upon the opponent as well.
I'm not predicting that this is gonna happen but just as it's Danny's responsibility to try to get Howard it's also his job to talk to West/Agent and see if they'd be interested in playing out the shortened season here. If West does make a nice return and proves that he can fill KG's sneakers then that gives Ainge the ability to use KG for trade bait.
I don't know what the NBA will do with the NO franchise but it's in their best interest to keep the team stocked with players unless they decide to shuttle the NO franchise completely. In that case, Stern would be better off working a S&T for West getting back Davis/Bradley/TE and everyone wins ... Davis, Celtics, NO and West. If Stern can't/won't do a S&T (or gets a better offer) then all we have to offer is MLE and then it's up to West.
If a S&T is doable with NO then we still have the MLE to sign another player ... would Crawford, Richardson or Stevenson take that to play with KG, DW, PP, RA, & RR? You tell me ... ???
KG, JON and K Brown (BAE) with another big (Foster) that can play the 4/5 at VM would be fine for a shortened year and certainly capable of winning another championship.
If it doesn't work then Danny has the luxury of being able to pursue Howard with multiple expiring contracts and the team will still be a contender sans KG & RA.
PG: RR, Delonte West, ???
SG: RA, Crawford, Moore
SF: PP, JG, ???
PF: KG, David West, Johnson
-C: KG, JON, K Brown, Foster