Have to say that I was extremely disappointed to see CDR get the boot. The guys on the team that matter seemed to really like him. He had a fantastic camp, much better than most of the other bench player. Our bench is still a disaster right now. I think it'll get better once Hill returns and once Brown starts blending the starters with the 2nd unit, especially until they show the ability to hold a lead by themselves...if they do that at all this season. But until they get their act together, wouldn't it make sense to have a legitimate scorer off the bench when we're struggling to get the ball in the hole? Yes, there is a bit of the logjam at the F/G spot, but nowhere near as bad as the logjam of trash at the PG spot.
There was no way in hell this was a basketball decision. CDR is a better player and a proven commodity compared to Glock, Morris, and DJO. I'd pick him over all three of them. Morris is a lost cause, Glock is a shooter who is too short and can't play D, DJO does everything Glock does but at a more athletic rate. I'd rather have basketball players than a raw athlete. We are in a win now mode. We aren't grooming 2nd rounders. We don't have the time and the payoff will be minimal, if any.
And if it was a financial decision, that's a tough sell as well. I understand that's easy to say when it's not my money. But when you're writing a New York Yankees sized check and pushing all your chips in for the next two seasons, I don't see the issue with a couple more million dollars.
Is CDR going to make or break our championship aspirations? No, absolutely not and to think otherwise is asinine. BUT he is more than capable of giving Kobe the rest he HAS TO GET this season. Yes, that is why we brought Meeks in, but all shooters hit a slump sometime during the season and CDR would give us another look at that point and another option when Brown gets "creative" with the lineups. DJO and Glock will not help Kobe getting any additional time off this season. And if Brown rides Kobe like he did last season, these next two years won't have the result we are all hoping for.
I'd rather have another G/F than two more "combo" guards. We are paying Blake and Duhon too much to warrant playing either of the young'ns there.
First mistake of the front office this off-season