I know the thought of tanking is completely un-laktriotic, but but's be honest, there is no better opportunity to rebuild quickly and effectively than the opportunity right in front of us.
It's frightening to think that we may be at a franchise low point and things don't seem to be moving forward. Jim Buss, MDA, no Phil, Dr. Buss gone, Kobe at the end of his career, etc. However, this is our time to rise.
Let's say we stroll out with a lineup of Kobe/Pau/Nash/Hill/Meeks/Blake and whatever else we sign. How much are we going to accomplish? I can name 8 teams that are easily better than us. Most are significantly better coached, more talented, younger, and deeper: Houston, SAS, GS, Denver, GS, Memphis, Clippers, Minnesota (if healthy). If Dallas signs Bynum and can continue to pick up free agents, they'd be a better team. Best case, we are a team full of motivated vets and make it to the 6th seed and at best make the second round. Sounds pipedream. Realistically, we're fighting to clinch the 8th spot. Either way, we're swept round one. In that case, we lose our pick to PHX and have no means to add good young talent in the most loaded draft since 2004. Merely having cap space is not going to be enough: there is no 5 superstars on the market ala 2010, let alone 2 like this summer had.
Everyone knows the best to rebuild is drafting that young superstar and build around him. Cle did it with LeBron and OKC did it with KD. 18 years ago Lakers did it with Kobe. However, we don’t have to go the OKC model and suck for 3 years of consecutive lotto picks: we can follow our own model and draft our future HOF and sign our next Shaq in the prime of his career. That is the beauty of our situation: we have the cap space to do so.
Tanking will get us there. Like I said and everyone mentions, this draft is off the charts. Anyone in the top 10 is a Chris Bosh. Wiggins may be the thorn in KD’s side for the next decade. Parker, Randle, Gordon, etc. I hate the idea, but I think it’s a necessary evil. Draft a superstar young player, add 2 established star players and we’re back in the hunt for the next decade. It may take 1 horrid season, but it’s our best route.
I was confused as to who is actually a free agent in 2014 that we can actually sign and outside fo LeBron (who is on the new east coast Lakers) and Melo, there is not too much. But here is a list…http://www.hoopsworld.com/2014-nba-free-agents
Not much really. With Dwight, we’d have that guy. Without Dwight, we need to draft that guy. Free agency can be the sole avenue to greatness… unless we want to wait til 2015.