We've all seen the cold shower quotes, basically washing our dreams of Iggy, and for some Monta Ellis
away. And even though Sham thinks it's plausible, I doubt Capt Jack is in the picture either. Any of those players could have been considered a swing for the fences, and be the "missing piece" to a championship next year.
But let's think bigger picture. What if winning a championship next year isn't the goal? What if winning multiple championships is the goal? Does bringing on the extra salary still allow for flexibility once the new CBA is signed in? Maybe with the Capt, but certainly not with Iggy or Monta, if you believe Booz isn't going anywhere. (Which I do)
To stay with the baseball theme, let's say instead of looking for the big hit, we try to get a big inning started. We already have DRose and Thibs on 3rd, Lu, Booz, and Jo on 2nd, and a great bench on 1st, with no outs (because who thought we'd get this far, so soon)
What move could we make to keep payroll down for the next couple of years, still provide the talent we need to fill our holes in the lineup, and not sacrifice any "runners on base"?
The next idea is my shot at trying to hit that "base clearing triple". Not only lining us up for Championship contention this year, but also keeping the flexibility to make moves later on. Remember, Blake Griffin
CHI sends Bogans, JL3, Pargo, and #30 to HOU; #28 and #43, plus next year's 1st to SAC
HOU sends Courtney Lee
and #23 to CHI; Brad Miller
and #14 to SAC
SAC sends Omri Casspi
and #35 to CHI; Jason Thompson
CHI gets Courtney Lee to fill the SG hole. I know he doesn't do much for some of you, but I can see him easily coming in avg. 12-15 on our team, while providing solid defense and a 2nd ball-handler. We also get Casspi, who can fill our hole backing up Deng. I really don't want Deng playing big minutes again next year, and Casspi provides an athletic shooter to provide a good 15 mins/game. With the 23rd pick, you take Charles Jenkins from Hofstra and with the 35th pick you take the stretch 4, whether it's Harper, Thompkins, or Leuer.
HOU does the deal, because they get rid of Miller's contract and get the starting C they so desperately need. The rest are contract filler they can dump to free up cap space. They can use the 30th pick to grab another big like Tyler or just go best avaliable.
SAC seems to be getting robbed, but they have tons of open cap space so swallowing Miller's salary will be nominal and they get a good mentor for Cousins. From reading articles from the Sacramento Bee, it seems that they are looking for a guard to pair with Evans and a SF at #7. They make this deal and can get a young piece for every hole in their lineup. Picture Jimmer at #7, Jordan Hamilton or Chris Singleton at #14, and a PF like JaJuan Johnson at #28. Plus, an extra pick next year and still having plenty of space under the cap.
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