awww, i will miss him popping up on my ignore list.
If Jonas has an injury this year forcing Amir to play heavy minutes at center I think that has real implications once we are in the playoffs. I think that Vasquez and Williams playing extended pg minutes has a much lower negative impact on guys being healthy in the playoffs. And with this roster, we need to focus not on getting to the playoffs, but what we are going to do once we get there.
With the shake up in Miami, and the strength of the conference, I think most fans would be disappointed with another first round exit. Playing Amir heavy minutes at center is likely to come back and haunt us IF we are wanting to make a deep playoff run.
Our PF depth is good enough that it is possible to shift Amir over to Center without increasing his minutes, by moving PP into the starting line up with TH as the back up PF. BUT in either case you've still got Chuch Hayes as your back up center. And that's an issue. You can say whatever you want about last seasons record, but there's little doubt in my mind, that Chuck Hayes is a 3rd stringer, not a Backup. And it's the only position on our roster where you can say that.
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The guy is a pest, but banned for excessive smileys???? Really?? Cheap
GV can definitely back Lowry up as Amir could backup JV. Amir may not be 100% healthy and GV is probably more stable but after GV we have no one. After Amir you could throw in Hayes, Bebe, or even try Hansborough in stints (don't think that's a good idea but he's as good a C as Lou Williams would be a PG).
We only have $2M to spend before we hit luxury tax. Not going to be many deals out there.. if Okafor could be had for $2M (and he's healthy enough) than I'd take him over another PG.. but if it was someone like Whiteside or Blatche (who's more of a PF) then forget about it.
Once you start looking at the 3rd center / 3rd PG as a backup things have gone south.. so I hope that insurance isn't needed. Perhaps keeping that 15th spot open for a future trade might even be better then.. or for a D-League hire if something bad does happen.
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Rim protection is good. Spacing is good. If Ross improves on his pick and roll game, we are 5 deep in terms of ball handlers. We have length & we have a big 3 stopper & an athletic point guard stopper.
Personally, I would try to trade Hansbrough for a versatile guard - in the mold of Nando de Colo & sign a veteran big who provides some low post presence. I feel like that would plug every single hole in this roster & it's simply up to the guys to make the most out of it.
But overall, we upgraded the bench & I pray for James Johnson. He's so talented - just please, let him get "it" here in his second stint. He could very well be our Boris Diaw which gives us a huge advantage at the 4 spot.
Edit: If we are set with the 14 guaranteed guys, I'd like to see a 3rd string point guard as the 15th man -- versatile guard w/ size (like De Colo), born ready shooter (like Eddie House, Patty Mills) or break you down, get to the rim guard (I guess this is where Buycks fits - but hopefully, someone with more upside but I don't mind him either)
Last edited by torch19; Sun Jul 13th, 2014 at 03:44 PM.
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But for the record I like GV & LW at pg more than Amir & Hayes at centre. Maybe I'm just drinking the Hayes haterade.
I don't think Masai is done. I won't be surprised if either, or both, Hansbrough and Williams are used in trade to shore up the backup C need.
I'm not saying we should trade Lou, but it's quite plausible that at some point Ujiri will trade him to shore up a hole somewhere else, or even maybe just to pick up another young asset or pick.
If Amir or the team opts in for his contract, do we resign him in 2015? For how much? There's plenty of nice big men in 2015. And don't we need cap space for 2016?
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My hope is just if we do aim for one of those guys and fail, Amir is still going to want to come back and will wait for us to sort things out to see if we will bring him back.
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