In attempt to get us to think outside the box I thought it might be interesting to see where a player we have now would be an ideal fit somewhere else. We got a long summer ahead of us and it might be interesting to see if we end up with some trades that haven't come up yet.
Landry Fields -
pros: great off ball movement - strong defensive identity - unselfish - rebounding
cons: ulnar nerve.
With the emergence of Paul George at the 3 and the inside out style of play, an unselfish player that shares the ball and can keep his man in front of him would allow the bigs to stay home more and make the paint an even more perilous situation to be in. If his shot returns, great! Indiana has a complimentary starting 2 that can knock down corner 3's. If not, most of the offense is going to go through George, Hibbert and West anyway.
HOW: With the emergence of George and their terrific post season run, the only thing truly lacking is a deeper bench. Landry Fields - Amir Johnson - Aaron Gray for Danny Granger + pick gets this deal done.
WHY: Danny Granger is not a bad player, just an injured one. If I'm Indiana I want to off-load a player in order to strengthen my bench. Amir would strengthen an already stingy big rotation. Fields is the gamble but if healthy will be a great asset.
He would be right at home in the defense first program of Thibs. The offense being oriented on a drive and kick game would allow a sneaky back door cutter like Fields to thrive. A perimeter defense oriented on Rose/Fields/Deng would likely be amongst the stingiest in the league.
HOW: DeMar DeRozan and Landry Fields for Carlos Boozer
WHY: DeMar replaces Rip, Landry plays 6th man and Gibson can take his much earned starting role.
3.) San Antonio
If ANYONE can get 8.5 million dollars worth of production out of an unselfish team oriented player like Fields, it is San Antonio. He may be priced out of going there but his skillset is ideal.
How: Boris Diaw/Corey Joseph pick and cash for Landry Fields.
Why: Adds a nice compliment to the trio of Green, Leonard, and Manu. Manu is aging and either Landry or Green will be sliding into that 6th man role over the next 2 - 3 years. Fields has the perfect attitude and skill set to play San Antonio ball.
There ya go people. That simple. Instead of thinking like our GM, try and think like the other 29