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#41 WOW!!

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:09 PM

First of all, Melo isn't going anywhere near LA unless he's going to be a Laker next year. The Clippers don't have near the cap room to sign Melo.

Second of all, none of you are being halfway decently realistic in this topic. Oh wow, we can't beat the 2 time defending NBA champions while our best player is on one leg and can't defend anything. Apparently that means everyone sucks now and we're screwed.

Being in the playoffs this year shows 1st off how great of a coach Steve Clifford is and secondly how great of a star Big Al is. Just because we can't constantly compete well with the Heat, something very few teams can do, doesn't mean we're screwed. This is great experience for all of the young talent involved.


Thank goodness we have fans like you.

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 12:16 AM

The players in the NBA today grew up during the Hornets era. Many of these players most likely had some sort of Hornets gear and have fond memories of the teams we had.

 

Let's be honest, the team will be able to attract FA's a lot better than the Bobcats ever could. And that's a step in the right direction at least.

 

Add that to the fact that we have some solid players on this team right now, I think yes, we will be able to attract FA's.



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Posted 02 May 2014 - 01:09 PM

If you have money, they will come.

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 07:29 PM

Some will, but we will likely not get the talent we need to win a title in FA.  We have a lot of pieces but to get that elite star that is needed to make us a contender then FA is likely not where we will find it.  Small market teams needs to build a winner through the draft and trades.  Once you are a winner you can use FA to stay there but unless there is a hometown connection or something similar drawing a player there you will be hard pressed to get a big name FA to pick the mediocre small market team over the bright lights of the big city.



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 04:31 AM

We should be able to attract some of the second tier big name free agents (eg. Rudy Gay, Gordon Hayward, Luol Deng etc). I'm not convinced we could attract a top tier guy like LeBron or Melo.

If we did grab one of the second tier guys, like we did with Jefferson. Then we could end up with a line up like:

PG: Kemba
SG: Hayward
SF: MKG
PF: McRoberts
C: Jefferson

PG: Kemba
SG: Henderson
SF: MKG or Thaddeus Young (trade our first for him?)
PF: Jefferson
C: Monroe

PG: Kemba
SG: Henderson
SF: Gay or Deng
PF: McRoberts
C: Jefferson

The options are there to improve the team. The team will need to go hard in free agency since we've decided not to go via the draft route any more.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 11:40 PM

I don't want Rudy Gay, at all.

 

Look how Toronto turned their season around once they traded him. As talented as he is, Gay just seems like a liability.



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Posted 05 May 2014 - 09:18 PM

I want Greg Monroe. I front court of Al, Monroe, and Mkg would do work

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 02:00 PM

I don't want Rudy Gay, at all.

 

Look how Toronto turned their season around once they traded him. As talented as he is, Gay just seems like a liability.

 

It is true that Toronto turned their season around once they traded him. But by getting rid of him that allowed Lowry and DeRozan to take the 1-2 scoring roles on the team. They became a lethal double act because of the increased role, and then they had a talented supporting cast. It was a surprise to see how good they became, but they did have a talented roster that should have been contending for a play off spot at the start of the season. 

 

In regards to us, if it came down to a free agent SF I would rather see us sign Luol Deng. He brings defense and he's a relatively productive scorer averaging in the teens. But Rudy Gay is an explosive player and a scorer. In Sacramento's system he has been a productive player. He isn't an all star player, but he is one of those borderline guys [like Jefferson] that could have a positive impact on the team in Clifford's system. There were doubters on this board when we signed Jefferson, and despite concerns over his defense, he has been part of the reason we improved into one of the best units in regular season. It is possible that he could get the best out of Rudy Gay as well.

 

I want Greg Monroe. I front court of Al, Monroe, and Mkg would do work

 

Agreed, Greg Monroe has the ability to be one of the better centers in the league. He hasn't really taken a step forward this season, but with how dysfunctional the Pistons have been, he could do well on our team. Put him at center, Jefferson at power forward, and either MKG or a rookie at small forward, and I think we'd improve on our record this season. 




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