tigerjeterkobe wrote:I would love to get Jennings. We all know he wants to be here with Kobe someday anyway.
He would have to take a pay cut this year and then opt out next year to get more money when the Lakers have cap space to re-sign him, Kobe, another max player, and one or two of our youngsters who pan out this year (Wes, Nick, Jordan Hill, etc.).
Blake and Meeks and the option to swap first rounders next year for Jennings ($5.5 million two year deal, with player option next year). Bucks could also sign Mo Williams. They are losing Jennings this year or next. Is there a team that will trade a starting caliber PG to them this year and take on Jennings at 8-12 million per year? I don't see that (the Bucks are not taking Jeremy Lin and no other team will give up their starting PG for Jennings). I think next year's 1st round pick is worth Jennings (if we can trade or swap it). Sign LO and Sasha. Keep a close eye on Sam Young and Raja Bell just in case.
Jennings and Farmar can sponge off of Nash and split minutes when he misses/sits for about 25 games this year. Farmar can also get minutes as the back up SG in spots, playing with Jennings (like Monta did last year).
Nash, Jennings, Farmar
Kobe, Sasha (Nick Young and Farmar here too)
Young, Wes Johnson, James Johnson
LO, Hill, Kelly (JJ here too)
Gasol, Caveman, Sacre (Hill here too).
3 lottery picks with great potential on that team - Jennings, Johnson, and Hill.
We can't trade our 2014 1st until the draft.. If they're looking for a PG in return, sending Nash back to Canada & getting them Lowry is probably the best they can do.. Teams aren't exactly going all out to get Jennings. I think he probably wants to be here over any other destination, so we'll probably be able to get him to sign the cheapest contract.. I wouldn't doubt if Mitch even talks him into a 1 year deal so we can have nothing on the books next summer, but if we can get him for 5M or less, I wouldn't mind locking him in for atleast 3 years.. To think that a 23 year old isn't going to improve any would be insane, but even if he just remains the same, you're not going to get 16/6 cheaper than that in free agency. I wonder if Nash would accept a deal straight to the Bucks? They actually aren't THAT bad, & he might want out of LA so he doesn't get killed as badly on child support & whatever else his ex-wife is going after.
Also, I really hope we find a way to get Ariza.. I'm assuming for Blake & Meeks.. So if we do Nash for Jennings then make the Ariza deal, we have:
4 open roster spots.. I really wish LO would just sign & get it over with.. Because we have to figure out the best way to fill those spots - signing free agents or a Pau trade where we bring in multiple players. I think signing LO makes Pau much more expendable, & we could probably get closer to a chip via Pau trade than we can via free agency.
I think it's much more likely we use those 4 remaining slots on free agents & continue the plan to revisit the 07-10 players & try to land Melo or Lebron next summer. So let's look at which needs we should address with these signings.
- We would need another PF, because Kelly is a complete unknown at this point & Hill isn't a guy that I see being able to play more minutes.. Not knocking him, he's still a great player to have on your team, but he's a complimentary player not a starter. Hopefully we get LO or Byron Mullens signs out of nowhere.. I haven't seen anything about him since the report that we were showing interest, & as far as I know only us & Charlotte have made him offers. Would take K-Mart too if he doesn't go back to the Knicks. The cupboard is pretty bare after that.
- We need another PG or combo guard. We can't just have 2 PG's when 1 of them hasn't been in the NBA for a while. I know most are against Nate but I'd still like to have that firepower off the bench.. Farmar & Jennings can both play some SG so I think we'd be able to get them all minutes.. If not Nate, I wouldn't mind bringing Fish in on the reunion, or we could go after Daniel Gibson. Or if Selby earns a spot in summer league, we give him a shot.
- The next biggest need would be another SF or SG.. This will depend on how much we intend on playing Young/Johnson/Kobe at the 3.. I think even with Ariza, we still need another big SF that can play defense. I'd like to go with Dominic McGuire or Sam Young if that's the direction we go in, & I'll also throw in Stephen Jackson as a guy that can still play defense when he wants to.. If they think we're good at SF & want to bring in another SG, I think The Machine has the best odds of getting signed. We have 2 potential feel good signings to choose between here.. Bring back Sasha or give CDR a shot at proving himself on the big stage. We would have 2 spots remaining at this point & I wouldn't mind using them on those 2 or 1 of them & Young, Captain Jack, or McGuire. I think Sam Young probably makes the most sense because we'd have a ton of guards & SF's but Young would probably be the best equipped to play PF if we have injuries & have to improvise.. But we always seem to leave 1 roster spot open to maintain flexibility, CDR is extremely cheap & wouldn't take much to buyout if something comes up. I wouldn't really care much either way, I think the team is pretty much set already, so I'm fine if we leave the 15th spot open. Assuming we use all 15, hopefully we look like this:
That team has so much upside it's scary.. Kobe, Jennings, Pau as your main scorers with Young, Ariza, Johnson, Nate all capable of having big games. Even Kaman, LO, Farmar, Sasha, Hill can catch fire, & we don't know what CDR or R-Kelly are really capable of yet. I think we'd be one of the highest scoring teams in the league. But we still have some good defensive players on that team & a ton of depth.. I honestly think we're contenders with that team..