And for those of you thinking he may still be brought back on a cheaper deal... NOPE. Look at Biz's tweets. He's not coming back, and that was made clear to him.
I'm implore you to go look at those plus/minuses from last season... Combined with actually watching Al suck ass defensively night after night, looking at them and realizing he makes our team WORSE despite his offense (which I'm still not a fan of), it's what finally convinced me he has to go.
I despised the pick when it was made. I did not want Biz. But once we drafted him, I figured let him develop and see what we have. He is among the elite rim protectors in the league. People can say what they want about his struggles on offense, but even with those, his plus/minus as the starter while Al was out was ridiculously higher than Al's last season. This is why I want Al gone... If you think we're building this offensive juggernaut that will outscore every opponent, then you aren't very smart. It takes 20 fuging minutes for Al to make it up court every possession, and that's after he let's his man score like he isn't even guarding him (because he's not).
BBut oh well, I'm used to it by now. And since Cho doesn't understand drafting or how to retain players worth retaining, we may as well package our draft picks for the next 20 years to OKC for KD. We don't need them... He'll either draft the wrong guy AGAIN, or just let him walk once his contract is up, so what does it matter. poo is a joke. Can't wait to see our hamster wheel philosophy on the court next season and get pissed off all over again when Al scores 33 on 25 shots while his man scores 35 on 15.
It's crazy, I promise you all, I was on hoopshype this morning and was reading about Monroe's interested suitors (and we weren't listed), and stopped myself from posting a new thread here asking if you would be interested in signing him. I actually kind of got depressed because I remembered all of the bigs we currently have and that we haven't heard anything about trades since the draft, so I reserved myself to being stuck with another year of Al and I figured the thread was worthless... Then I come back only to find this thread and the report that we will be meeting with him lol. I willed this. You're welcome. And I so hope we pull a sign and trade and ship Al off in the process.
The other thread idea I had was regarding Eric Bledsoe. I remembered that it was being rumored he was on the block at the Draft, and I thought, "man, what if we got Monroe, got rid of Al, and somehow brought in Bledsoe for kemba?" I love kemba, but I think that deal would be good for us and make us an instant top 5 seed in the east.
And as far as the offer, it's possible Ainge is just trying to make himself feel/look better by saying that publicly, but if it's true... Man... IDC where they are in the first, those are assets and you can flip them for a lot more. Look at all the teams who have acquired stars using shitty 1sts... We could've used them to trade for a star, or at the very least, you have 4 chances to get it right versus 1.
Yeah, no way MJ pays Hawes 18 mil out of his own pocket for nothing... Plus, I think they view Hawes and Frank as Super-McBob's (range, stretch bigs, deft passers, etc.), so they value both of them equally.
And I will be seriously pissed, if we don't retain Biz... I guess I better prepare myself then, but, I've been saying since last season when Al first went down with injury that Biz should've been the starter and getting the bulk of the minutes. No, he isn't gonna do much offensively, but what he does defensively more than makes up for it. He gives us more opportunities on offense by impacting our opponent's. Al runs down clock and jacks up shots, then lets his man get easy baskets on the other end, rinse, repeat.
Lineups with combos of Hawes/Zeller or Biz/Frank are infinitely better than any one of those guys paired with Al.
Wow. Wow for him considering Marvin a big, and for not including Biz in that group.
I have mentioned it elsewhere, just as Batman did here, but being that the right thing to do would be to keep Biz, as he's young and to me, infinitely more valuable than Al is to us. But, because that is the right thing, and smart thing to do, we will let him walk for nothing.
As I mentioned yesterday, which is why I'm still kind of miffed by last night's draft, when I tweeted Steve Reed after completion of the Lamb deal and asked if he thought we were done dealing, he simply replied, "Nope." That was it. No extra details or specifics, so that seemed pretty definitive.
Lending further credibility to that idea is the fact that after all of the deals we completed prior to the draft, it left us with $0 in cap space. So, if the roster remains as-is, only thing we can do in FA is offer the MLE (can't remember, but believe that is around $5-6M per). But, I doubt MJ wants to do much more adding salary as, if I'm not mistaken, will put us into the luxury tax, which he has been on record saying he wanted to avoid. And yet, we still have a roster spot open.
Now, Clifford just said this regarding Frank: Interesting... I know he added the caveat "in certain rotations," but that's two core pieces there in MKG and Batum, and he wants Frank at the 5. Possibly the first time I've ever heard Clifford say anyone would be taking time over a healthy Al. Even more interesting is that he is already saying he WILL be contributing, versus his cautiousness with Cody, Noah, and PJ over the last several seasons. I keep saying the Frank pick makes no sense with the amount of bigs we currently have, and Al is the most obvious "sore thumb" because he is a completely one-dimensional player. Do you think we're done trading?
I can't imagine what it was. And again, it makes it that much more mystifying that we made the pick, because as the roster currently stands, it makes no sense.
If Smart was included in there, I will poo a fuging brick... I just can't imagine anyone wanting him that badly. It's just weird, it feels like we made the pick with another move in mind, and the other move never came.