revgen wrote:Nobody has picked him up yet. We still have 15 players on the roster, so there's nothing we can do.
Well, we could admit that our team is built to win RIGHT NOW, and dump our young projects that aren't working out. We could release Darius Morris, Darius Johnson-Odom, Devin Ebanks and Earl Clark (4 players everyone will admit are the worst wastes of space on our bench...primarily because THEY CAN'T SHOOT) and bring in Delonte West, Michael Redd, Josh Howard and Kenyon Martin to replace them.
All four players ARE available for the VET MIN, and ALL would IMMEDIATELY be quality back up options at their respective positions...and all would be replacing virtual DEAD WEIGHT on our roster. Our team would look like this:
PG: Steve Nash / Delonte West / Chris Duhon / Steve Blake
SG: Kobe Bryant / Michael Redd / Jodie Meeks
SF: Ron Artest / Antawn Jamison / Josh Howard
PF: Pau Gasol / Kenyon Martin
C: Dwight Howard / Jordan Hill / Robert Sacre
There are NO holes in that roster. Everyone in the backcourt can stretch the floor, and everyone in the front court can defend, rebound and finish around the basket. Meeks can try to take his minutes back from a 33 year old Michael Redd...who looked good in Phoenix's D'Antoni style offense (in limited minutes) last season. Both Meeks and Redd can stroke the outside J, I just trust Redd to do it more consistently given his history and the confidence of a veteran knowing he will get as many open shots as he can handle on this roster.
Delonte West can D it up, and hit big shots from the PG position. Josh Howard can be the ANTI Ebanks, an older, more experienced SF who can stretch the floor and play under control. Kenyon Martin gives us a QUANTAM LEAP over the useless Earl Clark, who couldn't crack the 4 ppg plateau in his all but illustrious career. Essentially, Duhon and Blake become the Dariuses on our roster...PGs who can't get any playing time. The HUGE difference between the young Dariuses and Duhon/Blake, though, is that the veterans can both knock down outside shots like pros, and the young guys can't even shoot at a D-League level.
These moves are relatively cheap, and I believe SIGNIFICANTLY upgrade our options and versatility coming off the bench. I would pull the trigger on these moves RIGHT NOW if I were Mitch.
The End is nigh. Time for a total Cut and Shuffle. Kobe contract was a mistake...time to avoid making more. The future is here, whether we want it to be or not. An era is over, but for the death rattle, and it's time for the cycle to begin anew. Growth and change are scary and painful, but alas...nothing worth achieving comes easily.