Get us Thaddeous Young and I'll be happy.
Might get him for Salmons and a future pick... or the right to swap picks in a future draft. Philly wants to tank, Young wants to be traded.. and he'd be a good Wing/PF either as a starter or on the bench. His cap hit isn't too bad either, but we stop becoming players in free agency so there is a risk.
Not sure I like the deal enough to really want it, and not sure it's really worth a pick at this stage of team-building for the Raps.
I think the team would benefit most from a player who has deep playoff experience. There isn't anyone on the roster I can think of that could provide experienced leadership in that regard. The playoffs are different, and Casey has experienced that with Dallas but a player's voice would be helpful. Could we get someone helpful for cheap at the deadline or off waivers or does not currently have a contract?
If chicago is going into sell mode i'd ask about Jimmy Buckets every day until they tell me to stop asking
I do not like the Gordon or Smith ideas. I know little of Neal, but based on what you guys are saying about him, and the fact he is cheap and we wouldn't have to give up much then that deal would be good IMO. However, I think what this team needs more than anything is a consistent threat in the low post. Hopefully, JV will become that threat, but he might be 2-3 years away from becoming that, if at all. I have no ideas of who to acquire other than Monroe, and I'm not sold on him either as a fit for this team. Plus, Amir is a great compliment to JV so relegating him to the bench isn't ideal IMO. In any event, I do not see any reason to make such changes to our frontline atm. I'd be happy with the team as is for the remainder of the season.
And, as for the closer issue when the game slows in the playoffs, I think Lowry is a pretty good option and improving. He can get a open shot or find the open guy in those tough situations. Demar isn't bad either, but I think Lowry would be the better option, if he is still here of course.
I think you leave the starting unit as is for the season. See what they can do if we get into the playoffs. At that point you'll have a good idea of where this team is at. Some guys fold in the playoffs and some guys excel. I'd be cool with trading anyone other that 2Pat from the bench though. That's free game to me.
Any deal involving JR Smith coming our way is unofficially void. It doesn't even matter about what he does on the court anymore.. the locker room influence of this dude has a much greater (and negative) impact. The chemistry would be destroyed.
I wouldn't touch him with a 10-foot-pole, even with a first round pick strapped to him. The development of Ross, JV and others is much more important to me than winning this year, and I simply would not want Smith anywhere near them.
Woj just put out a column about JR, and it's not pretty. Basically saying he will never change: http://yhoo.it/1fi6Knj
Sorry to shoot down your idea magoon, but realistically I just don't see MU agreeing to something like this.
Problem with watching games is your opinions/biases cloud what you are "seeing" and of course your perception is your reality. A lot of people here have thumbed their nose at stats but they certainly help confirm what you are seeing. A funny thing is happening though. DeRozan is starting to put it together - at least over last 19 games. Some people are no doubt seeing it all along - and congrats to you! It is nice to look at only the bright side of things.... lol.
So lets look at the last 19 games - since January 5th when I originally put this thread together (all stats from stats.NBA.com)
eFG% - 46.3 (average SG 46.1)
TS% - 53.9 (average SG 53.7)
24.9 points on 19.2 field goal attempts
1.30 Points Per Shot
To put this in perspective that would currently move him from about 95-100th based on 13 games until January 5th from Gay trade to about 31 right now.
If he could add .09 he would move in to the top 10 at 10th.
You might think big whoop! but when you are taking 19.2 shots that is 1.73 points per game which is significant.
Anyways, I tore him a new one on 13 games he deserves credit for the last 19.
**Also should be noted he is getting 5 rebounds and 4.7 assists to just 1.7 turnovers per game. Dude is balling on paper. Looking forward to watching the game tonight with an adjusted perspective.
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