If you determine Davis is #3, you are giving a young guy with lots of potential practically zero opportunity to develop. I'd rather trade him and get something of value back to address a need at another position, instead of letting him rot burried on the bench. He'll have no trade value after a year of rotting.
If you determine Amir is #3, that's $6M+ being wasted in a third stringer, which makes no financial sense. Hell, I'd rather amnesty him, so you can spend that $6M to bring in a guy who would actually be used in the main 10-player rotation. I want my $6M investment actually contributing.
Bottom line is that with Bargnani starting at PF and Valanciunas/Gray covering the C position, there is insufficient playing time left for one of Amir/Davis (especially when both Kleiza and James Johnson can play PF in a small lineup). Utilize one of those assets to improve the team for both the immediate and long-term.
I really hate to say it because I love Amir... But Davis has the upside/frame/pedigree and contract in his favour. If traded I hope he ends up in a really good situation for him
I wouldn't be terribly upset of Amir or Davis (or both) get traded.
I am not sold yet on Gray being the primary backup center nor on JV being able to handle 24+ mpg starting next year so I don't have the same sense of urgency. I believe the issue will need to be addressed but my timeline is more generous, 1 to 1 1/2 year before it becomes an imperative.
JV might not be able to handle 24+ mins, but he will have to. And IMO, he will handle it. I think he's already playing 22-25mins in Europe, i dont think he'll have a problem transitioning with the same or slightly more minutes in the NBA.
I think the problem if you wait to trade Amir is, one, this year's draft is big man heavy (or so ive heard), so teams will be able to shop for a big man, cheap. Next, if Ed does come out firing next season, Amir will have less minutes and most likely (im not saying "for sure") his trade value will go down as GMs wont see him play as much. Lastly, with JV, Bargs, Ed, JJ and possibly a C backup then Amir, you'll have 6 bigs in the rotation and if they do try to trade Amir, it will look like the team is desperate to get rid of a big that they will barely use and other GMs might offer cheaper deals than if Amir was still a 3rd/4th big off the bench.
In addition, like i said in my previous post, the shortned season has not been kind to bigs. Bogut is out, Gasol is struggling, Duncan is resting, Camby has been hurt, etc etc. Teams making a playoff push or deep seeding might be in the market for bigs and Amir is definitely a good candidate.
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