We move those three guys for expiring contracts, young assets and picks. We'll be able to get them, because the last 24 hours has seen the free agent market rapidly dry up as many of the good remaining free agents have committed (Iggy, OJ Mayo, Jose Calderon, Chris Copeland), and because there's still teams looking to compete who need assets.
Detroit's attempt to lowball us on Rudy was a pretty transparent attempt by Joe Dumars to try and establish Rudy's price early, but it failed because it was unrealistically low. (If he'd thrown in a pick it would have looked a little more credible, instead of stupid.) Detroit and Cleveland have already missed out on Iggy; they'll probably miss out on Josh Smith too. They'll want a high-quality SF. Other teams want a quality PG at low-cost; that's Lowry. Shooting guard is the thinnest position in the league; Toronto will have suitors for DeMar.
The thing about Rudy, Lowry and DeMar is that they are good enough to attract decent offers on the trade block, but not good enough to make you a credible championship contender. They should have INCREASE YOUR VALUE BY TRADING US written on their damn jerseys.
Very happy for Jose...but Dallas is going to make him their #1 pg for the next few years? Hmmm. If not havent they overpaid?
this is getting crazier as it goes
Source: D12 has landed in LA & told Lakers it's 50-50 btwn them and the Rockets. He's having 2nd thoughts about leaving $30 mill on table— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 6, 2013
One of the things that has irked me about the Detroit offer for Gay is that for some people here, it's driven the conversation. Any talk of trading Rudy or Lowry or Demar is phrased in terms of taking on crap in the attempt to get worse and nothing more. But that's not what we should be doing, because that's stupid. We can play badly WITH Rudy and Lowry and DeMar. Move DeMar to point, Lowry to SG and Rudy to PF and we will suck really badly (and it's a valid, albeit awful, coaching strategy, so the league couldn't do shit about that).
But instead of doing that, let's get value for our assets while we can still sell high. As I've said before: if Detroit's offer for Rudy had been the two expiring contracts plus, say, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and a draft pick, Ujiri would have given that a lot more consideration, because you're getting a promising young player (who most people agree is an NBA-ready 3-and-D shooting guard) and a future asset at the same time as you pitch Rudy's elephant contract. If we got offers for three promising young players, two or three first-round draft picks, and expiring contracts of overpriced but useful veterans in exchange for Rudy, Lowry and DeMar, that would be great value for them. We spend a year with young kids, teaching them proper defense fundamentals under Casey (and if there's one thing Casey does brilliantly, it's teach defense), get the best picks we can in 2014, and then take advantage of the stupid free agent market in 2014.
The following statement has been issued by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
"We have been informed of Dwight's decision to not return to the Lakers. Naturally we're disappointed. However, we will now move forward in a different direction with the future of the franchise and, as always, will do our best to build the best team possible, one our great lakers fans will be proud to support. To Dwight, we thank him for his time and consideration, and for his efforts with us last season. We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career."
It's win-win all around.
Attention Millsap fans: he just signed with Atlanta, who are officially Not Tanking Now.
Nice for the NHL to do all the marketing to call today Friday Free Agent Frenzy
Iguodala to GSW. Does that mean one of Thompson or Barnes is expendable??
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Mayo to Bucks.......we've heard that one already,no? Another non tanker?
Milwaukee isn't tanking. They are doing what they always do: throwing shit at the wall and hoping something sticks.
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