Horry was so athletic and explosive. Maybe an old Spurs era Horry. To clarify, his game reminds me of Bargnani, not his attitude. I think he cares more and won't be the disaster Bargs was but he seems to have some of the same weaknesses. Only saw parts of the Orlando games so what do I know.
Kanter makes Al look like bill russell. He is quite literally the worst defensive big in the NBA. He's also an atrocious passer. I don't know why anyone would want him, never mind for the max. He also has some worrying personality issues and seems like a poor teammate. I guess I can sort of understand this from Portlands perspective- they have money to spend, and aren't going anywhere any time soon. Kanter will help them tank for the next few seasons and they can hope that over time he is able to improve his defense from historically awful to merely bad. For a team trying to compete for a title next year, I have no idea why they would want him. Even for less than the max. OKC is better off rolling with McGary and Adams. They should only match Kanter if Durant explicitly demands it, and I like to think Durant knows basketball better than that.
Love is/was a terrific athlete. Go check out his combine #'s. They are very impressive for such a "big bodied" guy. Every bit the athlete Michael Beasley was. Anyone who thought he was athletically limited was only paying attention to his skin color. Love was also several years younger than Kaminsky is when he came into the league.
It's a good trade if he can play like he did pre-injury, bad trade if he's damaged goods and sucks like he did last year. I worry Portland knows something we don't and we got fleeced, but I'll guess we'll see. He used to be pretty good.
Bad roster with limited future flexibility. It will be years before we have a chance to climb out of the hole of mediocrity. I agree that the only desperate hope we have to hold on to is the lottery, and those are some bad odds.