It's good that he's coachable and shows a willingness to work hard in the hopes that he improves, but I get this feeling that Ross could be better than him, even by next season. I just can't envision DeRozan being much better than what he is now. And he's certainly not worth 10 million a season.
I'm really curious as to how Ujiri rates Rudy Gay, and whether he feels he's a player that can help this team win now, and in the future. I think that determines the amount of change the roster will undergo.
We all know Kleiza and Bargnani, are on the outs and a college kid coming in. I'd classify those as tweaks more than anything, a big trade would be one of our core guys (Lowry, DeRozan, Gay) being moved. I'd say Valanciunas and Johnson are basically untouchable, barring something very unforeseen.
Derozan has a very valuable midrange game, gets to the FT line and hits them, and rebounds pretty consistently. He is only 23, and has more potential to uncover. His work ethic is very important, it is contagious. I always say, be a leader through actions not through words.
I say we have yet to see his ceiling. 18 pts on 45% FG is very solid, and his assists are climbing from one year to the other.
The Baltic Beast is unstoppable!
I'm not sure how I'm going to feel about Ujiri if all this is smoke and no fire tonight. Is all this just more BC tactics where he sells us a non-existant product? Fak me, I'm getting juiced for tonight!
The only thing constant about Ujiri so far is that there are no leaks about his intentions. He doesnt even seem to float the trial balloons.
I think the caveat here is "at the price he demands". Rudy Gay at $10,000,000 might be worthwhile but is Rudy Gay at nearly double that good value? The obvious answer is no. I think Gay's contract is going to drive that bus more than Gay's skills. Unfortunate fact of life in the NBA. Salaries matter almost as much as talent.I'm really curious as to how Ujiri rates Rudy Gay, and whether he feels he's a player that can help this team win now, and in the future. I think that determines the amount of change the roster will undergo.
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