Woohoo!! My Dynasty team could use a boost.SI.com wrote:
I actually found a negative comment about Memphis in all this. Not sure who this scout is, but he has a Popovich blunt-ness to him that I appreciate.
"These trades are absolutely terrible," a Western Conference scout said. "Gay is a young star. He has been used as Memphis' third option this season. They hardly ran any plays for him. Prince has been finished for two years. Speights complemented [Marc] Gasol and Randolph, which Davis doesn't. And Daye can't play dead."
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I don't want to say we cashed in on an overvalued player because I reserve that line for getting anything in return for Andrea or Landry, but we definitely used an asset to get better. I gotta say it now that the Raptors need to be playing Ross even more minutes to close out the season, so he's ready to be our staring SF next season.
Milsap, Al Jefferson, J. Smith, D. West?
That looks like a second round playoff team imo.
Yup, we need big steps forward from both Ross and Jonas next season (I've already written off this season).
The other thing to remember with all this cap killing talk is Gay only has 2 seasons remaining on current deal. I think it is blown out of proportion for a team that has limited trade assets they are willing to trade and has little to no chance at free agency.
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Of note, DD got stripped / lost the ball last night at least 3 times including the last play prior to getting fouled under the basket.
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I just hope Colangelo can eliminate some of the remaining roster redundancy (DeRozan, Fields, Anderson), and rid ourselves of Bargnani and Kleiza.
Kleiza could just as well be kept and then amnestied in the offseason.
DeRozan could also be kept and then traded in the offseason. I like Matt's idea of a S&T with Utah for Millsap, which would remove the uncertainty surrounding a trade for Millsap at the deadline.
I actually think Fields would be a good fit on this roster, assuming DeRozan, Anderson, Kleiza and Pietrus are all gone come the start of next year. A wing rotation of Gay, Ross and Fields would be pretty well balanced. A young wing, acquired either in trade, free agency or draft, could then slot into the 4th wing spot.
For me it makes sense to keep Fields and hope he continues to improve, while trading Anderson on a <$1M expiring contract when his value is peaked. Even if the Raps can only get a 2nd round pick for him, I would support such a move.
Charlotte: $8.4 Cap room, expiring deals Diop $7.3M
Cleveland: $10.2 Cap room, expiring Luke Walton $6M, Daniel gibson $4.8M, Casspi $2.7M
Detroit: -$9.7M, expiring Magette and Calderon $10M each, Maxiel $5M
Milwaukee -$4.5M, expiring Udrih $7.3M, Dalembert $7M, Dunleavy $3.75M
Philly - -$6M, expiring Bynum $16M, Nick Young $5.6M, Wright $4M
Dallas: -$2.6M, expiring Kaman $8M, D. Jones $2.9M, Collison $2.3M, Beaubois $2.2M, D. Jones $1.3M (not a typo, they have 2 D. Jones)
All of these teams could hand the starting PF to Millsap from day 1 except Dallas. But Dallas does have the Cuban Effect. If you were a player, would you rather play for an owner who'd do anything to win no matter the cost or a more traditional win within these constraints? Don't count out Dallas just because Dirk is the starter.
Another potential option
Indiana: Sign and trade - Granger for Millsap, letting David West walk in free agency
In terms of desirability, I'd put the Raps ahead of Charlotte, Detroit and Milwaukee. I'd say Philly is highly unlikely and Cleveland and Dallas as slightly more attractive options for Millsap.
Bottom line, even with the landscape changing between now and the off-season, the Raps will have their work cut out for them.
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