What do you want to see from your team with coming deadline and moving into off-season?
My plan for Pacers is too stay as is until off-season then re-sign Hibbert, Hill (as starting PG) and sign Eric Gordon.
I would look to move Granger to Rockets for Courtney Lee (6th man who has great 3point shot), Jordan Hill (back-up C) and Marcus Morris (Cheap and low-risk as on rookie contract)
I would look to move Collison to the Lakers for Morris/Goudelock and 1st Round pick.
My ideal looking Pacers starting squad would be,
PG. George Hill SG. Eric Gordon SF. Paul George PF. David West C. Roy Hibbert
Bench. Lee, Hansbrough, Hill, Hill, Morris/Goudelock, Stephenson (re-sign)
I want the Suns to tank to get a better pick, at this point we're going to be drafting in that 11-14 range. I love Nash, and that's why I want to see him in a winning situation and it's not in Phonenix this year.
@festar, How many Hills would be on the team at that point? It has three...?
I don't really know what to do about Monta Ellis. He is arguably the third best shooting guard in the league and carries our team to wins by himself sometimes but I can see that he is stunting Curry's growth and development into a true lead guard.
I say we trade Monta, Biedrins, and his hairpiece for a better offensive big man such as Brook Lopez to compliment Udoh's defensive skills. I don't know whether I want to take that risk now with Lopez suddenly becoming injury prone but it would really give Curry and Klay Thompson a chance to shine.
i would like for the heat to give pittman consistent minutes with wade, lebron, and bosh in the line up.
and pick up a C on the coming draft...
My bad, just the two.
Chilbert Arenas said pretty much what I want. Hopefully they land a better pick so they can get Beal or MKG.
WOW, the heat is playing pittman with lebron, wade and bosh. THIS NEVER HAPPENS. he just had a nice dunk. and the heat are outscoring atl with him on the floor and just made a comeback. he just got an o.reb in the middle of 2 atl jerseys
You're trades are a little unlikely. Why are you blowing up the roster, anyways? The Pacers have the pieces, they just need to develop them. Gordon is an unnecessary expenditure, and I don't think the Pacers can afford him. And they won't get that much for Collison.
As a Pacers fan, I know I would be horrified if they changed the roster this much.
I understand what your saying but we need a true SG and Collison is not the answer at PG way too much of liability on defence. George is a SF and in order to get the most out of him that is where he needs to play.
Granger just isn't good enough to be the number one option on a Championship team, he takes too many shots for the % he actually hits, a guy like Gordon with that many shots has proven he can put up 24-25ppg. Even Paul George with an increased role at his natural position would give you what Granger is from less shot attempts, not too mention better rebounding, defence and passing ability.
^If I'm the Pacers, the only move I try to make is to sign OJ Mayo. Eric Gordon is too expensive, and the Hornets may ask for somthing in return is a sign and trade is brought up. The Pacers have a very bright future, and unfortunatly Granger isn't playing very well at the moment. He is better than how he's been playing, but I don't think you'd be able to get much for him. I know adding OJ Mayo would give you guys a huge logjam at the guard position, but I don't think he should be too expensive, and I believe he would flourish in another system. Paul George is a guy that has really surprised me. Coming out of college, we all knew he could shoot and that he had great athleticism, but he has really impressed me with his all around game, and his length is somthing that will help him rise up above defenders. I don't think a major move is neccesary, but the time to win is now, cause they have a lot of guys that will be due for big money contracts soon.
I also like their chances of making a big run this season, moreso than even Philly or Orlando. Granger is shooting at 38% from the field and they are 23-14. Nine games above .500 with you're best player shooting below 40% is astounding. If Granger can get hot come April or May, and get that up to 45%, they can be really dangerous. They're a very well rounded team, and might need that one Superstar go-to player sort of guy, that they're hoping George will become, but nonetheless this team is playing great basketball, and with this crazy season, where Boston and New York could play Miami and Chicago in the first round, I wouldn't call the East a two team conference, however I would put my money on a Heat and Bulls encounter in the Conference Finals.
if somehow we could get a first rounder for Sessions, for starters. He can start in this league and he's coming off the bench for a bad team. Portland or the Laker's could be a option. I like that the Cavs kept Gibson, Parker, Sessions, Jamison and Varajao as mentors to the younger players Irving, Thompson, Gee and Casspi. All of those veterans are pro's but at some point we have to maximize there value. I don't understand why no team is after Jamison, he's a 14 million dollar expiring contract that actually could be a valuable scorer off the bench. We need to package somebody ( or the late first we get for them before hand ) and Sacramento protected to forever pick, for a lottery pick. I would like to get Ellis from Golden State but how that would work, I have no idea. Byron Scott would be great for him as a profesional and a guy who had a similar skill set. We need a legit shooting guard and having two guards that shoot and drive equally well would be amazing.
As a massive Cavs fan, I have watched every single game this year and i hope we get a first rounder for Sessions. I would love to see us draft a player like Ross or Jenkins with that pick. Could even go for a player like Fab melo. I like to see us with our pick which should be about 7-9ish draft Gilchrist, Beal or hope lamb slips or we move up in the Lotto and grab him. Cassipi is a dud. He is definately not the answer on the wing.
Do not want Brook Lopez. Anytime a seven foot big man can only grab ~6 rebounds per game, I see red flags.
I really don't think Paul George is necessarily a SF. I make 2 mocks every year, one of how I think it will play out, but my favorite one is how I think it should play out. And I had the Wolves getting George at 4 because I knew they already were most likely going to get Wes but I thought George was just as good as Johnson and being 3 years younger had a ton of more potential. But what I liked most about George is that he could develop into a great catch and shoot player. Just because somebody is 6'9 doesn't really mean they have to play SF he has more then enough athleticism to guard SG's and on the offensive side he's going to become a nightmare tryna guard.
I think PG can become very similar to what Reggie was for the Pacers because of his height and shooting abilites. Reggie's length and shooting touch made him impossible to stop from getting his shot off. George can become the same way if he learns how to run off screen like Reggie did. I'd rather have George running off screens and shooting over defenses then having him play down low. He don't reallly have a post game and he's a great shooter whose only going to get better so I think he should stay at SG.
As a Sixers fan I just wanna see Iggy pack his bags and try and get a big like Al Jefferson. I was so mad when we traded Mo Speights for 2 second round picks when we should of just traded him straight up for Xavier Henry. I dunno what they were thinking. Henry had 19 the other day and I was mad thinking he should be playing for us. Plus Holiday, Henry, and Turner could of been molded as our future which looks great to me. Henry is an outside shooter so he compliments Turner perfectly unlike Iggy.
I like the team chemistry, but I think that we really need to adress the SG position. Coming playoff tim you can't relly in only one player in the offensive end. If Rip Hamilton comes down, you only have D-Rose to create and finish your offense. Ronnie Brewer is a great defensive player and has improve his offense, but it's not enough. He is a defensive stopper from the bench, and could provide some hustle point. So I would love to see OJ Mayo or Courtney Lee, but not if that means to blow up the team (by that I mean trading away Taj or Amer). Maybe Brandon Rush or Morrow, who are great 3pt shooters and would be much cheaper and could accept coming from the bench when Rip is healthy.
A bold move would be trading Boozer and other players for Pau Gasol. I love what he could bring to the Bulls. A big man with good handles, great pasing skills and above average defense. He could be an upgrade in the defensive end, and I think could work better with Noah than Boozer.
No one's gunna call out the dude who called Monta "arguably the best 2 in the league?" Really? Kobe and Wade died and I didn't hear about it?
He said "arguably". There are a lot of arguments against that, hahaha.
He said the 3rd best SG in the league meaning, he's arguably the best shooting guard in the league after Wade and Kobe which I agree with. Monta is probably the best 2guard in the league right now under 30. The shooting guard position is very weak under 30.
Love Monta or hate him you can't deny the dude is a baller who has the ability to put a team on his back and steal games. He needs to play on a defensive minded team so his scoring ability would be more valuable.
The Thunder need cheerleaders with bigger boobies and shorter shorts.
I actually doubt Monta's in my top 5. I'd happily take Tony Allen (changes a team's defensive culture), Manu, Harden, Eric Gordon (prior to this year anyway), Joe Johnson, and, naturally, the big Kobe/Wade franchise guys before Monta. He just gets TORCHED night in night out.
Tony Allen tho? I love Tony Allen, but if you put him on the Warriors instead of Monta do you really think they're gonna win any more games? Especially if Curry is out. A starting lineup of Nate Robinson, Tony Allen, D. Wright, David Lee, and Udoh might be contending with the Hornets, Wizards, and Bobcats for worse record in the league.
With Monta they're 15-21 in the West, and would be battling for a playoff spot in the East.
Manu is getting up there in age and has trouble staying healthy. And even last year he only averaged 17ppg, didn't shoot the lights out, and averaged over 3 less apg then Monta did. The Spurs would probably love to trade Manu for Ellis right now if the Warriors were dumb enough to do it.
Joe Johnson hasn't been the same since he got his contract. I think Monta passed him.
Eric Gordon is another guy who can't stay healthy. It's not even this year. He missed most his rookie season and sophomore season. In fact I'm not sure if he's played over 60 games in a season yet.
James Harden you could say is better the Monta tho. But Harden never really had to carry the burden like Monta has. It's not a given that Harden could handle that kind of load.
There is zero chance the Spurs would trade Manu for Ellis. Manu when healthy is damn near elite - his numbers just never look it due to his minutes and Pop's system.
Joe remains above Ellis since defense counts. Same for Harden.
Eric Gordon can fall behind Ellis now that he's hurt.
And, yes, I'd take Tony Allen above Ellis easily next to Curry and expect them to win more often, especially if they were starting Udoh. Without Curry it's a different conversation, but next to Conley, as well, I'd take Allen. Allen is simply insanely good on defense. He's far better on defense than a bulk shooter like Ellis is on offense, and he's not the liability he was offensively in that he's become a good off-ball cutter and finisher - low usage, high efficiency players unless they're superstars, and even sometimes then.