I'm of the mind that Thaddeus Young would be a great fit here. He's a better fit than Tony Allen because unlike Allen, Thad isn't an offensive liability. He has range, he can play both forward spots, and he's long enough to be a mismatch for other SF's in the East.
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I got to say, I didn't think Vince's game would age this well. He's obviously lost a bit of his speed and athleticism but he's still big and strong enough to get in the lane. And his effort on defense is much higher since he's not the primary option on offense.
He's lasted this long because he's never really played true defense. You know, playing ball without whining like a little b*tch.
I don't see Demar and Ross being successful as a wing pairing in the post season as neither will be able to handle the larger SFs. BUT if you bring in a true small forward, can you relegate Ross to the bench? Will he be happy with that? Won't that automatically reduce his value, similar to the situation in Golden State with the Iggy signing reducing Barnes value?
I think you either trade Ross or Demar in anticipation of bringing that small forward on
You draft a natural SF. That way you can start Demar and Ross together with your Rookie coming off the bench. Hopefully, by the time the playoffs roll around your rookie can fill in the Salmons/Fields role in the playoffs. Also, by coming off the bench if the rookie supplants one of the starters, then he's earned it.
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Have people on this forum not learned anything from the Colangelo deals?
Multi-year offer to a 30 year old Luol Deng?
Trading away Ross and other assets for Jeff Green and the 9M per year he's owed?
These are low-quality, win-now moves that lock us into being a 2nd round at best team for the foreseeable future. Not to mention the fact that Jeff Green and Deng are both overrated as hell. Both are below average efficiency shooters (Green - 52% TS, Deng - 51.7% TS) for starters; hell Deng shoots it worse than DeRozan. Additionally both of them have ZERO upside, and are not going to get better at this stage of their careers.
Makes zero sense to take on any long-term salary if that player is not a star, DeRozan and Lowry are already going to cost us upwards of 20M between them and we have Jonas to re-sign (probably for a high price) in 2016. We need to maintain flexibility.
If Deng wants to take a 1 year deal or 2 years with a team option, I'm down. Anything else and he can go to hell.
There are only a few players available in free agency that it makes any sense to throw long-term money at: LeBron and Melo are the obvious ones, then you have guys like Hayward and Greg Monroe that could be worth a long-term deal if the price is right and Ujiri feels like they fit in nicely.
I don't think we have to worry about MU and long term vet deals.
He likes to bring Vets in, but on 1-2 year contracts, and typically on the lower end of things.
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