spacing with howard and asik?? huh???
"McHale said he can see lineups when Asik and Howard would play together in addition to Asik, who along with Howard would create perhaps the best defensive and rebounding rotation in the league, backing Howard up. McHale called to mind the 1980s when the Rockets used lineups with Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson. "You do play two bigs," McHale said. "You have to get spacing and you have to make sure your small guys have got to make sure they keep the court spaced." ESPN.com"
I'll just say I think McHale is a good coach but is he trying to polish up a tricky situation?
The league just isn't the same as the 80s and 90s. It's really hard to get away with 2 guys who are natural Cs, because PFs are generally much faster and have more range than back in the day. It's just hard to make the D work for long stretches..especially if neither can function as a PF offensively to create a big-time mismatch on one end.
The one bonus in the current era is zone D. If they can get away with a zone D for 5-10 minutes every game with Howard and Asik on the floor, that's a ton of length and shot-blocking. But again, that's pretty impossible to do for 48 minutes, and you can't ask either one to guard a PF for long stretches.
They'll surely have some trouble with an opposing team going small on them. But they are both good-great rim protectors and rebounders. Whether they have chemistry is another question however. Ill put money on him being traded though.
So Detroit just signed Will Bynum, so unless they're going to sign Billups as a starter, it seems unlikely he goes there to play.
The last hole in our lineup is the backup PG.
Stone is a 3rd stringer.
Our big man and wing rotations are solid. Camby wants out. What do we do? Try and trade Camby and some 2nd rounders from the Bargs trade for a backup PG? Our other options are signing a backup PG with our remaining 1.27 mil of the MLE, or signing a PG for the minimum, in which case we couldn't get anything better than Stone. As far as remaining FA PGs remaining, I see a few good fits: Billups(ideal), Roddy Beaubois, Beno Udrih, Bobby Brown.
As far as trading goes I see a few teams with PG logjams. Dallas. Not syre what theyre doing. They have two young PGs that should be developing this year in Larkin and Calathes(Still not been bought out even though he is flourishing overseas). We could work out a deal with the mavs for either one of those guys. Minnesota. They have 4 guys fighting for minutes. I think Ridnour would be easy to pry from Minny as he's been on the block for quite some time. Not to mention I think he'd be a great fit with us.
So what would you do if you were MU?
Give Stone some burn. We're not going to do much this year, anyhow
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- Billups would be a good veteran mentor for Lowry, but can't be signed for much more than $2M
- Ridnour is apparently on the block in Minny and they need a backup C, after letting Stiemsma walk (I don't think Dieng is ready for backup duties yet), so perhaps a Camby-Ridnour trade?
- Beaubois and Udrih aren't bad, but are they significantly better than Stone?
Wolves want Corey Brewer and are not going to resign Ridnour.... so with some sign an trades Raptors could send Camby to Denver, Corey Brewer goes to Wolves and Luke Ridnour comes to the Raptors as the back-up PG
Any PG signing is going to have to come with another transaction prior.
Raps are at 15 now - max allowed for opening day roster.
If that doesn't go down, I wonder if Miami might still be interested in Camby, as part of a 3-team deal:
TOR - Ridnour
MIA - Camby
MIN - Anthony & 2nd round pick
EDIT: if Minnesota isn't interested in doing a straight Camby-Ridnour swap
Last edited by CalgaryRapsFan; Wed Jul 10th, 2013 at 03:29 PM.
Stone is the backup PG.
'Sota needs to move Ridnour & Bucks, I'm told, all set to take him in. That creates space for Wolves to sign Brewer & do S-and-T for Martin— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 10, 2013
Too bad Raps have no ability to get Ridnour for dirt.
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