We need a back up Wing to score off the bench and hit open jumpers off GV passes.
VC! anyone ;) in 2015 Tyson Chandler may be a good target.
Was anyone else impressed with Gustavo Ayon last night? I'll admit I know little about the guy, and I don't want to jump to conclusions from a single game. But he impressed me against the Raps, especially offensively. Seems like a very mobile big and I was surprised with his athleticism. He is a RFA in the offseason, would it be worth it to throw an offer at him to be a backup C? I have no idea what his value would be, and he isn't the vet most would want (28 years old, only 134 games played) but maybe he could be a decent backup if we could get him on the cheap. Basketball Reference has him at $1.5M for the season.
PS. I see Hansbrough being moved. Love his energy, and really get a kick out of his super talent at drawing foul calls (including some funny non-legit ones), but his black hole offensive game doesn't fit with an offense predicated on ball movement. Note that his 5th year in the league and his career ASTs/36 = 1.0.
Trevor Ariza and VC are my wing targets
Michael Jordan remains unsigned ...
He is Latvian, not Lithuanian, but close enough :D (edit- beaten to it by Woody Harrelson)
For a backup Center none of the free agent centers interest me. I mean Okafor would be great for a number of reasons but if that doesn't happen, I'm looking for someone who will be fine with/is used to a backup role, is mobile enough to play against smaller lineups, and can protect the rim a bit. Players like Festus Ezeli, Ian Mahimi. I really like Mozgov from Denver, although I think he's better than a backup. Pretty hard to find a good backup center.
How 'bout a rookie?
Is it not possible to restructure fields' or Hayes' contracts (without using the stretch provision and without waiving them) to pay them like 1.5 mil for 3 seasons or whatever it works to?
Re-sign Lowry and look for an all star (or a youngster who's close to being one). If it doesn't happen, maintain flexibility.
Trade Salmons, Hansbrough, Novak at the deadline
get a cheap meaty backup SF. like Metta World Peace, Aminu, Salmons.
Look for a decent backup center, like Kaman.
Keep the draft pick.
Keep Fields & Hayes as expiring contracts (like 12 mill in expirings!)
Then next year, make a play for Kevin Love with one our expirings (Fields, Hayes), Amir, our 2014 draft pick, and maybe an additional pick.
IMO we can also use another another wing player to throw into the mix with DD and TR. Salmons is going to be bought out and after him its Novak (who I keep for that skill set of shooting 3's with the best of them ) and Fields and Daye. Fields we seem to be stuck with but its hasta la wego to Daye. This we too can buy with FA money.
As for the draft.. there should be a PG out there in our draft position to shore up that spot. If Lowry is elsewhere then its a different strategy on where the FA money goes.
As a legit backup C, who would you rather get on the Raptors team next season? Kaman or Okafor? Or who else?
Okafor would be interesting if he was healthy and cheap. He could give you some solid minutes.