dwighthowardsdad wrote:I have said to trade him, but I'm going back on that; We should keep him. He's not leaving 30 million dollars on the table especially considering the injuries/rehab he will have this summer. I don't think he will get another max contract at age 32 especially considering his decline in athleticism at that age unless he improves his game. I just don't see that happening. For better or worse, he's here for the long-haul.
My main concern is, can we win this year or next with him? That requires him & Pau both dominating or him + the return for Pau & possibly Metta being enough to win. Dwight's value is much higher & we could get bigger impact guys for him. Pau works better in this offense than Dwight does. Not just with D'antoni, but with our personnel in general. We can't count on Pau to anchor the D but we could get whatever we want for Dwight so that can be fixed. If we can get a package like Batum + LMA, I think our team becomes better.
Yes, we can win with him. However, we have to put the right pieces around him so he can be successful. If Dwight re-signs, which I expect, Pau is gone, IMO. Metta is going to exercise his Player Option on his contract, so he will be here unless he's moved, which I don't expect. No GM in their right mind would take Metta unless he's part of a Pau trade or we attach a 1st round pick and we don't have any. So, he's here at least for 1 more year. What I do expect is him to have a greatly diminished role because with the way he's played this year, the FO will upgrade that SF position, IMO.
Pau is a better fit offensively; you're right. The problem is he's 32 and is has been injury prone this whole year. Dwight for the most part despite this year has been durable his whole career. Dwight does need another piece, though. A Kyrie would be perfect for example. A top-notch PG who can break down the defense, spoon-feed him the ball, space the floor with great shooting & close games. Also, great shooters at multiple positions to have ample space for Dwight to work and be most effective, IMO.