therealdeal wrote:Earl has a lot of room to grow as a defender, which should terrify the league. He needs to spend the summer with Dwight and with Artest and just pick up tips all over the place. Artest especially. He uses his length terrifically and really does a great job moving his feet.
The man has proven me so wrong. Who would have known he had this kind of work ethic in him?
This is the main reason I hope the Pau for Josh Smith thing comes back up for discussion. Doesn't have to be Josh but you add any elite defensive PF or tweener & we get really tough to score on. Earl has SO much potential as a defender.. Smith works great because he can play both positions so he still works when Jordan Hill comes back. Dwight/Earl/Smith/Hill/Artest. That's some scary defensive depth & all but 1 of them are young. We could go from a much criticized defense to one of the best in the league next season.
Smith expires this summer and we have no money to sign him. Unless Atlanta can sign and trade him to us in the off-season (I think restricted by the new CBA), then it's not coming back. Especially with Pau out for what will likely be the remainder of the season.
I see where you're going with that idea, but offensively we'd be in huge trouble.
We'd need a young, quick PG to make that work offensively (fast breaks) and I don't know that we could find one.