While athleticism is not necessary for big men to still be decent defenders, on the wing you need to be able to stay with your man. And one big difference between Battier and Bowen is that Battier was never the most quick footed defender, anyway, so him losing a step or two would affect him A LOT more than other guys.
I think he always pops up on people's radar because he has great size and just like we see in the draft, size gets overrated time and time again.
Not that it matters to us but Gasol probably isn't going anywhere:
People with knowledge of Heisley's thinking are convinced that the Grizzlies will match any offer sheet Gasol signs with another suitor. Memphis would have three days to match under the proposed collective bargaining agreement.
Biedrins won't be cut:
The Warriors say they're not considering an amnesty for Biedrins. Instead, they want to make a push to acquire a big man, such as Tyson Chandler, Samuel Dalembert, Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan or Nene.
In addition to the ESPN article ranking Stuckey at #7 for the Raptors, there was also the obvious...
2. Tyson Chandler -- Toronto Raptors
Chandler could decide to return to the Mavericks, but he could also choose to follow Dwane Casey from the Dallas Mavericks' bench to Toronto. Casey, the newly hired Raptors head coach, was the defensive guru behind the Mavericks' wall that stifled the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat en route to a title.
Chandler flourished as the anchor to Casey's system, and the Raptors have the cash to offer the center big money. Of course, Dallas owner Mark Cuban notoriously breaks the bank for his centers, so there's a good chance Chandler will defend the title. However, a Casey and Chandler connection would be ideal for Toronto.
What would someone think if the Raptors pulled a S&T Amir + TPE(if still in play) for Chandler?
Edit: Wait, S&T's are outlawed now. My bad. :)
I just looked up the 2012 FA list and it completely reaffirmed that going after Stuckey makes absolutely no sense. Here's a sampling of the point guards from the 2012 class:
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls – $7.0 million – Restricted ($9.1 million Qualifying Offer)
Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets – $16.4 million – Player Option ($17.8 million)
Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets – $16.4 million – Player Option ($17.8 million)
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder – $5.1 million – Restricted ($6.7 million Qualifying Offer)
Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers – $1.7 million – Team Option ($2.7 million)
Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns – $11.7 million – Unrestricted
Raymond Felton, Portland Trail Blazers – $7.6 million – Unrestricted
Kirk Hinrich, Atlanta Hawks – $8.0 million – Unrestricted
Jason Kidd, Dallas Mavericks – $8.6 million – Unrestricted
Andre Miller, Denver Nuggets – $7.8 million – Unrestricted
Chauncey Billups, New York Knicks – $14.2 million – Unrestricted
Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic – $7.8 million – Player Option ($7.8 million)
Toney Douglas, New York Knicks – $1.1 million – Team Option ($2.1 million)
D.J. Augustin, Charlotte Bobcats – $3.2 million – Restricted ($4.4 million Qualifying Offer)
Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks – $10.7 million – Unrestricted
Gilbert Arenas, Orlando Magic – $19.3 million – Early Termination Option ($20.8 million)
George Hill, Indiana Pacers – $2.1 million – Restricted ($3.1 million Qualifying Offer)
Now I'm not saying that the Raps have any shot at the bigger names on that list, this is just to illustrate how many quality point guards will be on the market. BUT with so many teams competing for the big names, that means the Raps could find some bargains like the last guy on that list, George Hill.
edit: no S&Ts? Boooo, there goes my draft Davis and pry Westbrook from OKC wet dream.
re-edit: Or would he qualify for an E&T, which seems to be doable in the new CBA? Does anyone know the rules there?
George Hill is yet another SG in a PG's body. I'd prefer to grab a pure, pass first, run the offense, type of PG....perhaps via a 2nd pick in next year's draft.
i actually like the idea of stuckey but only if he's going to play SG or be 6th man. as duly noted he's not a facilitator by any means but he's a fantastic scorer and can defend. has demar put on any muscle this summer? play him at the 3 (for a year at least) and stuckey at SG and lets do this.
gary forbes is another FA i really like. nice success story and hard worker. i assume the nugs are going to resign him though since their retarded 3 players are stuck in china for the year.