KB24 wrote:We could now use a forward with length and speed...
Wes and Young are both rather undersized. A guy like Melo, James or Durant is going to eat them alive.
If we can trade Blake or Blake & Meeks for Ariza or another SF around that level, obviously that would be better than what we can do in free agency at this point.
Sam Young & Dominic McGuire are probably the only SF's left that have the young legs, size, & athleticism to guard the guys you named. Although really, noone can guard those guys.. But yeah, we do need a wing with size.. We had 2 guys with size that could guard the bigger SF's in MWP & Earl Clark.. Tough shoes to fill with only minimum contracts to offer. Hopefully we'll sign LO & he'll help out some when those big SF's are playing at PF, but we need a SF that can play some D.
I wouldn't mind taking a shot at Stephen Jackson.. He's still a good defender & brings intensity when you're able to keep him focused.. We have a team full of guys that are happy to be here now.. Brought in 3 young free agents that should really push the pace & make this a fun team to be a part of, I think Captain Jack would buy in. & if he doesn't, I think the rest of the team's chemistry will be too good for him to have any negative impact..
Then we leave the 15th spot open & possibly use it to give CDR a shot.. That kid was so good in college, playing with & against guys that went on to become superstars in the NBA & he was able to just take over games & look like the best player on the court. Some guys just need a chance to play with the right group of players/find the right situation for them.. Like Gerald Green, who worked out for us & looked like he was on his way out of the league, then ended up having a "breakout season" & getting a nice contract on a contender.. He hasn't lived up to his contract so far but maybe CDR will be different.. I think if we have Kobe/Young/Johnson/Jackson/Meeks as our wings, we can afford to take the shot on CDR.. If he beats someone out to make the rotation, good for him.. If not, he spends more time in the D-League & we still have plenty of depth on the wings.