We're not signing CP3 or Josh Smith. Obviously, if we could sign the two of them, get Dwight Howard to play for us for less than max, then we'd be set, but we're still playing our games in reality.
Trading Bargnani, gives us a bit of room to play with, depending on what comes back the other way, but it's going to have to be something at least close in terms of salary, and there really aren't that many players out there (we can't just trade him for a pick- salary coming back has to be about $6.6 million). I can't see us keeping Kleiza. Not that I dislike him, there just isn't anywhere he fits on this team anymore. Gray and Lucas are both 3rd string guys that know our system, are cheap, and aren't going to get a lot of playing time, expect them to stay.
Again, depending on what we get for Bargnani (I don't expect a lot, but we have to do something to match salaries) we're probably looking at needing a 4. Josh Smith, Paul Millsap, and David West aren't coming, and we can't trade Bargnani for any of them. There isn't a lot out there that gets me excited, so it might be a matter of having AJ play some 4, and also either Fields or Gay when we go small. Maybe Acy gets a few minutes/month at the 4?
In terms of a veteran PG I think Tinsley would be a good alternative. He doesn't need to play a tonne of minutes, gives us a veteran who can come off the bench and share the ball, and isn't going to lose the game for us with his defense. We aren't looking for an all-star backup PG, just a guy who can play 12-15 minutes/game without making a tonne of mistakes.
It's tough to know what to look at in terms of free agents until something happens with Bargnani.
If we can get rid of bargs via trade why not go after david west? Good vetrean with polished offensive game and a tough defender. Maybe sign him to a deal for 2/24 or 3/33.
Jarrett Jack would actually fit quite nicely with the new look Raptors
I actually like the idea of Nolan Smith as a cheap/young backup PG.
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