Point guards are becoming increasingly important in todayís perimeter oriented brand of NBA basketball. So itís to no oneís surprise that Bryan Colangelo has repeatedly emphasized the importance of having a good point guard in order to be a competitive team. Doug Smith has recently mentioned one of Colangeloís potential targets in his blog.
Not sure if any of you heard the little hit I did with McCown and Brunt on Wednesday night but the name of one NBA free agent Iíve heard the HOTH have, or had, interested in completely escaped me.
Now, I donít if they still do Ė I heard the name way back before the lockout hit and no one was allowed to talk about players Ė but his is one name that was kicked around.
Doesnít mean heís going to sign, doesnít mean they still want him but it was the kind of guy they began the process thinking about.
That could all change, of course, given the specifics of the new CBA and thatís why itís impossible to determine what these fellas might have in mind.
I will say this: I do think Bryan has positioned them financially and with roster openings to make moves quickly regardless of the new CBA.
Of course, we donít know what that will be so itís all guesswork right now.
Lou Williams is still under contract until 2012/13 so he can only be acquired via trade. The Raptors were rumoured to have discussions with Philadelphia involving Jarrett Jack and Lou Williams during the 2010 NBA draft. Jack was eventually traded for a package involving Jerryd Bayless last season.
Although Williams is a talented scorer in the Allen Iverson mold, a trade would not make sense since there are not enough minutes for Williams with Bayless, Barbosa and Calderon on the roster. Barbosa also fills the same spark-plug role that Williams filled for the Sixers last season.
Roster wise, Philly and Toronto are also not good trading partners. There is no doubt that Colangelo will try to improve the point guard situation, however, Philly is not in any rush to move their prized point guard in Jrue Holiday. And like most teams in the league, both the Sixers and the Raptors require help at the center position. Any deal that ships Lou Williams to Toronto will most likely require a third team.