Aminu appears to be an unrestricted free agent...I don't know how that happened though.
After reading that blog about Aminu, I have sort of cooled about the idea of acquiring him because there is a chance you can grab someone cheaper and just as effective from the draft.At the start of the 2012-13 NBA season, the Hornets declined Al-Farouq Aminuís 2013-14 player option worth about $3.7 million, making him an unrestricted free agent this summer. At the time, opinions were split on whether or not doing so was a good idea, but neither side appeared to be terribly distraught or excited then the team reached its decision. Since then, his play has improved enough that if the Hornets could go back in time, they very well might have picked up that option.
Last edited by Hotshot; Thu May 8th, 2014 at 11:06 PM.
the draft will be crucial, we need a to find a diamond in the rough at #20.
The name's Bond, James Bond.
Give James Johnson the full MLE.
Oh wait, is Colangelo not the GM still?
I'm going to side with Jalen Rose and say that shot blocking and steals are the most overrated stats in basketball because both involve gambling on defense. Big men that attempt to block shots too often aren't boxing out and are often out of position for the defensive rebound.
For example, Anthony Davis is considered an elite defender, and New Orleans led the league in blocks, but they were only 23rd in rebounds.
Jalen claims that a good defensive big man should average 3 blocks a game max. Their primary goal is to change the shot, not block it. And it makes sense to groom JV in that direction. JV definitely isn't mobile enough to recover from a missed block.
Personally, I think the team needs a younger, more mobile version of Chuck Hayes that is taller than our backup PG.
Resisting the urge to overspend - though the rules allow you to do just that.
Risking short term sacrifice (losing a player) in order to maintain a long term vision.
Finding a player who will be able to contribute to the team in the draft at #20.
Signing value contracts in free agency.
Obtaining another of what is one of the most highly coveted assets right now (1st round draft picks).
Pfffffft, how easy is all that?
I doubt PF is a real concern in Ujiri's mind.
IF; PP resigns and Amir is still around we have 2 different looks at PF that have proven themselves to be significant contributors to our team on both sides of the ball. We can steal a page from Gibby's book and platoon them over the 48 minutes. Giving us 2 different skill sets at the 4. 24 minutes of expert screens and rolls to the basket & 24 minutes of pick and pop + Spacing.
I don't buy the argument that SF is major sore spot for us. Playing Ross out of position there may expose some of his limitations(both physically and talent wise) but how many outside the Top 5 on this list are real threats to take over the game? If say Chandler Parsons is absolutely torching Ross for 40, it would be at the expense of shots for Howard and Harden. That's a game I want defensively. If Chandler Parsons beats you, just demolishes you, you shake your head - pack up and get on the bus.
C is the bigger positional need. I have no idea how we solve that in the confines of our reality.
-Anyone we draft at 20 may be a project with massive holes in their game. So I wouldn't expect such a guy to step in immediately and fix our SF problems.
-There could be a stopgap measure in free agency.
-There could be less drastic trades that wouldn't require trading a core piece to get a starting calibre SF with size.
Also because Ross is usually the one guarding the better of the wing players and/or the PG. The fact that we label him as a SF is a misnomer because he is often times playing the SG position defensively, and DD is playing the SF position defensively.
So I would argue that it is DD that needs to be upgraded to a larger SF in terms of his position on the defensive end of the floor.
2) Nobody can guard James
3) Anthony isn't all that relevant if he keeps playing like he does. He settles for jumpers so Ross should be able to handle him.
4) JJ is a problem, though GV did a good job on him...
5) Pierce is playing PF...but is also ancient, building your team to counter him at this point is not a good move.
We do need a larger SF...but unless it is the right fit/type of player who has at least D and a 3 point shot already I would say just roll with Ross
At some point of time we have to decide if we are an elite organization in NBA or not. Elite organizations are able to do what you said in your original post on yearly basis and this is how they stay elite. On the other hand, mediocroe teams, fail over and over and although they change coaches and GMs and ... due to the culture of their fans and organization fail to realize the mistakes and take the necessary steps to fix it.
So if we are claiming that MU is a GREAT GM and one of the BEST and ... like most people here are doing these days, after giving him over a year to "evaluate this team" and with 100% support that he getting from management and fans, then he should be EASILY accomplish these task and not fail ....
MU is here because he is SUPPOSE to be GREAT and he is SUPPOSE to not make the mistakes that BC made which was always OVER PAY the players.
Now, it should be EASY for MU not to make the same mistake and there should be no prize for not doing that but a severe penalty if he does ... This is obvious mistake and a guy who is suppose to THIS GOOD, should not make such an amateur mistake especially when the guy before him LOST his job for making that mistake.
MU is suppose to be the saviour and not another BabCock so he should again, EASILY be able to have the vision to draft the right player in that range and not mess it up ... Otherwise he is just another Babcock and another failure.
This is summer for MU to make a statement and say that he has the ability to do these things ... Is it hard ? No, it is not. Almost 90% of NBA knew we overpaid for Hedo or our signing Oneal was a mistake and ...
We all need to raise our expectation and not be happy with the bare minimum. We are not asking MU to sign a SUPER STAR this off season and make Raptors a championship team next season and ... we are only asking him to make small and smart moves toward the bigger goal and to NOT MAKE the mistakes of Babcock and BC. That is all ...
And btw, even good GMs make mistakes because there is inherently an element of luck in predicting the future. You can stack the odds in your favour, but you can't guarantee that the most likely outcome actually happens.
All you can ask of a good GM is that he make moves that will likely favour the team.
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