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2002 Offseason

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<b>Roster Analysis:</b>
Steve Francis, Eddie Griffin, Yao Ming, and Cuttino will not be traded. They are the core of the team and will hopefully be here for their entire careers.

Kenny Thomas, Bostjan Nachbar, Moochie Norris, and Kelvin Cato are good role players and give us a solid depth depth.

Terence Morris, Oscar Torres, and Tito Maddox are out of the rotation but have potential and could be nice rotation guys.

Glen Rice and Maurice Taylor are untradable this offseason because of their contracts and because they missed most to all of last season. They'll probably both be starters this season because we want to raise their trade value and trade them in 2003.

Jason Collier is a 3rd string center with no potential and no chance of ever cracking the rotation.

We have one remaining roster spot and it'll probably go to a SG. This player will be signed to the minimum. My guess is Ishmail Ahmed a 25-year old, 6'6-6'7, 215lb Egyptian. He's been impressive in the summer league.

<b>Offseason Agenda:</b>
--Extend Francis' rookie contract. Max for 6 more years.

--Sign Yao Ming.

--Sign Bostjan Nachbar. (done)

--Extend Thomas' rookie contract. A 6-year extension starting at $3-4 million.

--Sign Tito Maddox.

--Find a player to fill our last roster spot.

--See if there are any takers on Rice or Taylor. (won't happen)
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Mobley averaged 23.8 pts, 45 FG%, 34 3P%, 87 FT%, 3.8 rebs, 2.0 asts, 1.6 stls, 0.5 blks, 2.5 TOs, and 2.5 PFs in 42.1 mins in 29 games after the All-Star break. He is a very good SG. 1 of the top 10 in the league. He'll only make $4.9 million next season and is signed through 2005 with a player option for 2006. He's improved every season he's been in the league. He's Francis' best friend. Trading him would be very stupid. He is defiantly part of the core of our team.

I think Nachbar can be very good too but I'm hesitant to say he's part of our core already. I think he will win the starting SF slot either this season or next but I don't know if he's a core player.
Mobley's defense looks like Bruce Bowen's or Doug Christie's compared to Francis'.

I agree that with Francis, Griffin, Ming, and Nachbar, Mobley is going to have to take a more reserved role in the offense. I would compare his future role to Kerry Kittles' role with the Nets. Mobley shoots 45 FG%, 40 3P%, and 80 FT%. He is a great shooter. Every member of our future starting 5 is capable of making the 3. That is lethal.

Mobley only averages 1.1 reb less and 1 ast less than an "all-around" player like Michael Finley. Is that the difference between an "all-around" player and a "pure shooter?"
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