Haven't started one of these in awhile..
Anyways, let's think way ahead of ourselves here, and pretend we are Masai Ujiri. Let's think next season: 20th anniversary, season before 2016 All-Star Weekend, possibly an improving play-off team INTO a contender(?).
My question to you is, what is your ideal roster for next season? And why?
Long post here:
PG: Lowry, Vasquez, De Colo, Buycks, Stone
SG: DeRozan, Salmons
SF: Ross, Fields, Novak
PF: Amir, PP, Hansbrough
C: JV, Hayes
I'd like to see THIS next season:
PG: Lowry, Vasquez, De Colo
SG: DeRozan, Vince Carter
SF: Ross, Novak, Fields, (possibly the 1st round pick)
PF: Johnson, PP, Hansbrough (Good quality of 4's, good rotations)
C: JV, Hayes (keep as a veteran big), (possibly the 1st round pick)
The situation with Fields is funny to me though, I'd definitely like to see him traded because Casey's leaving his skillset to waste, he's a good player, which could net us a solid return, despite low trade value (expiring next season I believe, too). Otherwise, no problem with him staying.
I'd also like to see the 1st round pick go to a small forward, for there are a TON of prospects at that position, and the centre behind JV is a need for upgrade.
Reason I didn't make very many changes is considering the team still is a little tight with cap, however the team's current core is play-off material. With that being said, it still lacks a star. What I want from this roster, is a bit more scoring/veteran play off the bench with Vince Carter (and the argument for him to come back is dissected HERE).
Along with production and veteran-ship from the bench, I've obviously acknowledged the 1st round pick, and I would like to see that go to a small-forward or centre. Ross has gotten inconsistent help from Salmons, Fields - no playing time - and Novak, who is a very short-stinted option.
Accoriding to Draft Express (http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-mock-draft/2014/), we are pinned taking SF Jerami Grant, with guys like SF T.J. Warren, SF Kyle Anderson, SF Rodney Hood within our reach. Personally, thinking realistically and hopefully, a guy like Willie Cauley-Stein is someone of interest to me.
What is your guys' realistic, but ideal roster for next season?