slimjim wrote:Hey real, long time no talk :p
I personally don't think Monta is our guy. He's far too ball dominant and has been on the decline for a few years now. He's also a terrible 3pt shooter.
A monta/howard pairing wouldn't go far IMO.
I'd rather run with kobe/pau and use the cap space after they retire to get some players for Dwight.
If you put a gun to my head and said I had to trade pau. Only person I'd take is Kevin love. This is definitely a move for the future, I don't think love is as ready for a championship run as gasol is but he is MUCH younger and a love/howard pairing would work really well IMO.
Seriously man, where you been?
I don't disagree that Monta is a perfect fit or anything, I just think without Kobe he's a good fit, that might be available right now. Other than that, there's not a whole lot of options for guys that can create shots for themselves and others. If there was one thing clear in that Houston game it was that when the chips are down, we don't have someone like Monta who can break a defense down and get to the rim. Career average he's a 20/4/5 guy and we could really use that.
Then when the time comes a Kobe/Monta back court (maybe even Nash if he's still around) would be pretty entertaining.
I would absolutely LOVE to put Kevin Love and Howard together. I think that's a match made in heaven. Two guys that would eat rebounds up all game long and yet could still space the floor. I mean heck if Ryan Anderson looked so good next to Howard, how do you think Love would look??
But... That doesn't fix our athleticism problem and it doesn't seem likely that Kahn gives us Love for Gasol. If he did, if that was still on the table, then I might pull the trigger just because like you said it would really be a good look in a couple of years. If we started no where else but with Love/Howard we could build a ring around that for sure. I just don't think Kahn does it.