Okafor: 11 ppg, 10 rpg
Chandler: 10 ppg, 9 rpg
Felton: 17 ppg, 9 apg
Wallace: 15 ppg, 8 rpg
Mohammed: 7 ppg, 5 rpg
White: 3 ppg, 2 rpg
Cunningham: 5 ppg, 3 rpg
Livingston: 6 ppg, 2 apg
2 first round picks )that go back to Portland if top 7 in '11 or top 12 next three years)
Yep, clearly looks like we are headed in the right direction, to the top of the East.
The short-term impact of this move (and prior moves since last summer) is at best a push and more than likely a drop-off. I don't think anyone is arguing that. But the long-term impact is more than likely a positive one. With the East piling up star after star, the Bobs only chance is going to be by building around young talent ala OKC.
Why do people have such a hard time seeing that?
And while you can say that the Bobs lost both Oke and Chandler, they found a very low cost alternative in Kwame Brown. They should get credit for that.
And yes they lost Raymond Felton, but found cheaper and much smarter alternatives in DJ and Liv.
And yes they lost Gerald Wallace and his 15/8 numbers, but Hendo is slated to eat up a lot of the minutes lost by Wallace and Hendo has been averaging a nice 12/4 in 24 minutes of play in the month of February. Plus Wallace is off 20% from last year's numbers and is clearly not the same player anymore. Trading Wallace while he still has value is a smart move. Wallace is clearly a player that is 28 years old going on 34.
So, really the Bobs have lost some depth, but the talent drop-off from the starting 5 of last year to the starting 5 we will have now isn't much.
DJ (better than Felton, regardless of what the stats say)
Jax (taken a step back from 2009-2010 season)
Diaw (taken a step forward in 2010-2011 from 2009-2010 season)
Kwame (shows up every night and is solid on defense).
The Bobs have a bunch of money coming off the books in the next 2 seasons. By my count, the expiring contracts of Diaw, Diop, Pryz, Mo Pete and Najera all come off of the books this year or next. That frees up roughly 35 mil in cap space, with the only noticeable subtraction being Diaw. That 35 mil will then be used to sign Hendo, DJ, and Kwame to long-term deals, shore up the team with a couple of mid-level FAs, and then swing for home runs in the draft.