Hey listen, my whole point to this is if we got Payton, Slava could start. He isn't that bad on D. No one is arguing that his j is deadly and he gets to the basket well. So all I am saying is if we had a line up of Kobe, Payton, Shaq, George along side him, there is plenty of D on the floor, and help for him. Also if Horry, Madsen were re-signed. He's got help coming off the bench. We would be fine at that position. Phil could afford to make this gamble with Payton on the floor. Let's face it, he will get some stops on defense, so if he trades baskets with some of the elite pf's in the league I don't have a problem with that. This guy will be wide open, he will force those elite pf's to play some D, regardless of what he does on D. This is something we havn't seen from this position in a long time. So why concentrate on getting a pf in Howard, Malone, and Brown. Realistically, we are only going to be able to fix one of our two problem positions, cause of $$$. So with a back court of Bryant & Payton, we get plenty of O & D. Plus if you got two guards like that, they are going to cause teams to be up against the shot clock a lot. So those elite pf's won't have a lot of time to execute, that is why I favor taking care of the pg spot with Payton over the pf position at this time. If we do it this way, and Shaq really does retire when Phil does, Garnett is a reality, then you have Slava backing him up w/4yrs experience and a yr as a starter. He will be more than ready to back up a Garnett. Look, I'm just saying we have the pf answer on our bench, take the gamble and let this guy develope by playing. He needs playing time, and with Payton, we can take that gamble. This also gives us better options at better pf's in fa in the future, should Shaq retire as predicted w/Phil.