But Kobe himself, wants Pau and Dwight back with the philosophy of playing through the post (Which we didn't do for the majority of the year and as we saw how it cost us dearly. As we've been saying from day 1, MDA killed our title shots and LA would have to win in spite of him...which they did (even with injuries)...bring in a defensive coach that likes playing inside out and we get a different result....but I digress). Kobe is happy if we bring in his frontline and technically, coming off the injury he knows better than to want to play entire games going forward (which wouldn't have even beeen the case had we played to our strengths of inside-out from the jump with a different coach...oops, I'm doing it again).
- Kobe also wanted JO and Kidd here. His take on personnel is just like Jordan's take on personnel, it's not too great. And of course he's saying he wants Pau back, they are like brothers, he isn't going to put him on blast and say they need to go a different direction.
- I'm not talking about anything involving the coaching in this discussion.
- What have we got abused by in the playoffs the last couple of years? Pau's pick and roll defense. There's a nice video breakdown of what Pau doesn't do on defense. He's so easily exploited on defense it's like playing 4 on 5. He's a terrible defender, injuries or not, he can't do anything unless he's anchored in the paint and even then it's a layup line. Nash's defense is terrible, Kobe's defense is off/on, MWP's defense is average now, Pau's is awful. Keep this team as is and we are another year older, another year slower and then we have to play 82 games. He's a complete liability on one end of the court and a limited player on offense. For 19m, I'd rather amnesty him and take my chances with Jordan Hill and Earl Clark.
- Kobe playing 48 minutes isn't going to change with the frontline back. We have two injury prone PG's Kobe has to cover for. Nash needs screens just to get past half court. Kobe also has to cover for the lack of a backup at SG and the lack of a backup at SF and the lack of a starting competent SF. We can survive with D12/Clark/Hill as our bigs, we CANNOT survive with Nash/Blake/Kobe/ ?????. We need help in the backcourt desperately.
So with your franchise player happy, you're still in play for Bron.
With Dwight making close to 20M (via the max) and Nash making about 10M, we are already committed to 30M once the summer of 2014 hits. We can literally only add on other max type player to bring us into the 50M threshold and have about 8M to give another free agent. Now would Kobe re-up to the sounds of 8M? I'm not sure he would...which means that if it were Bron, him and Kobe would have to work something out to make sure they both fit within the cap. Now with Kobe, Dwight, Bron and Nash we have to round out the roster with vet mins and the MLE.
Teams with a s*** ton of cap room couldn't pull off Nash/Kobe/D12/Lebron. That's a pipe dream and something the new CBA was made to stop. If anything they will go with D12/Kobe/Lebron and use the stretch provision on Nash's contract. And that's pushing it, no one is going to being pulling moves like that. It will be two at max IMO. 2014 is a lot of hoping and wishing for a very select few players that need to opt out. I'm not holding my breath for that.
You begin to see that bringing in role players and their contracts via Pau's 19M for next season, could seriously impact the way we can bring in a max player for 2014. Is it worth it to endanger? I personally, don't think it is.
With 19M going out, you can expect a significant amount of money to come in and that will take away from the cap we could have offered a max player next summer.
Since hypotheticals are being thrown around...
D12 - 20m
Nash - 3m stretched over 3 seasons
Max player - 19m
Kobe - 10m (KG, Duncan got the same contracts, Kobe will get the same)
Two role players - 8 million combined (3rd player in Pau trade was expiring)
~60 million right where the cap is.
I believe the best route is to move Nash (for an expiring like Lowry) in order to clear the most cap possible for 2014. That way we'll have Lowry's Bird rights and can bring in a max player while still entertaining resigning Kobe and Lowry to accommodate and not breach the tax threshold of about 70M.
I want Nash traded regardless, so I am taking this deal either way.
If the FO wants to stand pat, they need to get creative.....
-Trading Duhon's buy out friendly contract to a team looking to open up space to resign their own players. I used the Brandon Rush example in a different thread.
- Trade Blake for a TPE/2nd rounder to clear money for the player incoming in the Duhon trade.
- Vet. min signings of Livingston/Glock/Stephen Jackson
- Use the mini-MLE on a SF like Dorell Wright or Budinger that can play the 2 or 3.
(Use any names you want for trades, I'm just spit ballin', but the general plan is the same)
Rush / Jackson
Pau / Clark
D12 / Hill
Can we win that way while keeping everyone? Yes we can because we upgraded the backup 1, backup 2, starting SF, backup SF and we have our deep frontcourt at the 4-5. I can live with that, but can the FO due that after continually overlooking these small moves?
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