I'm bored at work, been looking at a couple of past diaries, and trying to figure out what Pax might be thinking as we near the draft.
OK this is what I've come up with so far:
Everyone knows we need a big man, in reality we'll need a couple of big men. Remember Sweetney, Allen, and PJ are all free agents. So it makes sense that we've brought in or looked at Spencer Hawes, Joakim Noah, Jason Smith, and Yi Jianlian. All first round talent that might be available when we pick that would fit our needs. And why taking a look a possible late 1st-2nd rounders like Carl Landry, Chris Richard, Rashad Jones-Jennings, Big Baby Davis, Josh McRoberts, Daryl Watkins, and Stephane Lasme also makes sense.
With the current make up of the team no other SF/PF tweener would fit. Right? So why are we bringing in so many of em to workout? (Torell Martin, Dominic McGuire, Corey Brewer, Al Thornton, Thaddeus Young, Jared Dudley, Wilson Chandler, Jeff Green) and most of those names aren't 2nd rounders.
The last group of guys we've brought in are PG's. Guys who could come in and be a part of the rotation. Acie Law, JamesOn Curry, Taurean Green, Javaris Crittenton, D.J. Strawberry, and Aaron Brooks. Only one of those guys would be considered a value pick where we r, unless we trade down. Which leads me to keep thinking that a trade is in the works.
I really think Noce and/or Duhon will be packaged for a serviceable big man. If I understand correctly only Duhon could be packaged along with the pick, and in that case we probably move down. And their replacements will come from this draft. We've brought in first round talent for the 3,4, and 5. We've brought in 2nd round talent for the 1,4 and 5.
After going thru all that, I'd like to see something like this happen:
Noce and Duhon for Darko
With the #9 pick we take Corey Brewer, and with the #49 and #51 picks we take Big Baby and JamesOn Curry.
I haven't quite yet worked a trade out for Duhon and #9, but rest assured I have until 4:30 EST, something will come up.
Now that's that over u guys take a shot, and any feedback is welcomed