Originally posted by grizzfan
Well....nobody knows what Jerry West is upto
Vladimir Stepania worked out for him in Utah during the summer league....
Now that we already have Lorenzen, TMass, Trebnyaski and Archibald ( unsigned...but will sign soon ), there is no point in getting Stepania...
If we really do need somebody it is probably some one who can play the 2-3...
If we do get Stepania, then it means that TMass is definitely gone.
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Why would the Grizz need another SG? They have Dickerson, Person, and Giricek already!
As Mem-fizz correctly points out, the Polish kid is a project (a MAJOR project, he won't touch the floor this season); Archibald was an insurance pick (just in case the team couldn't come up with some big bodies), he's not really ready to contribute at the NBA level; Massenburg is a journeyman backup who is only getting worse; and Wright is undersized as HELL!
Vladimir Stepania, along with several other currently available free agent centers (Brian Skinner, Michael Doleac, Kevin Willis, Mark Blount, Keon Clark), would play PLENTY of minutes for the Grizz! This is the Western Conference we're talking about, people!
BOTTOM LINE: I've said this before, I'll say it again. Jerry West is the best GM and talent evaluator in the NBA, PERIOD. The dude didn' t just build ONE dynasty in L.A.--he built TWO! In other words, give the guy a benefit of the doubt here--if he thinks Vladimir Stepania is worth signing, then that means that Vladimir Stepania is worth signing. Keep in mind that the Grizz are still at least a couple of years away from contending for the playoffs, so in the meantime, this team needs to AT LEAST be COMPETITIVE--and in order to be COMPETITIVE, this team needs to get bigger, first and foremost!
I also think that it wouldn't hurt to trade for Bonzi Wells. How about THIS trade:
Bonzi Wells and Damon Stoudamire to the Grizz; Jason Williams, Michael Dickerson, Brevin Knight, and Stromile Swift to the Blazers
I don't like Stoudamire's contract, but he makes about the same per season as do Williams and Dickerson combined, and those two guys need to GO! Besides, Stoudamire's contract is up after three years, while Williams' and Dickerson's contracts last for another four years. After three years, Stoudamire comes off the books--it'll take that long for the Grizz to put a winner out there on the court. BESIDES, nobody is going to beat the Lakers-Kings-Mavs-Spurs anytime over the next 2-3 years, ANYWAY. There's no reason to get good NOW--you should let those teams age a bit, THEN get good--of course, this is a RATIONALIZATION!
Here's what the Grizz would look like after that Bonzi trade:
PG Damon Stoudamire--Earl Watson
SG Bonzi Wells--Wesley Person--Gordon Giricek
SF Shane Battier--Drew Gooden
PF Pau Gasol--Chris Owens
C Lorenzen Wright--Vladimir Stepania--Tony Massenburg--Robert Archibald--Polish dude
I think Bonzi-Gasol is a nice 1-2 punch, actually. I think the supporting cast has potential. And don't forget the Grizz will be getting the Rockets' #1 next year (in the Steve Francis trade) and will be losing their own #1 (in the terrible, terrible, TERRIBLE Otis Thorpe trade--GOD, every single former GM for the Grizz should be SHOT!). And the Rockets will be a MAJOR disappointment next season--so expect that #1 pick to be right around #7-#9 overall--there will be several nice PGs next year (supposedly), and since big guys ALWAYS go in the first 5-6 picks, the Grizz should be able to get one of these PGs. The kid from Texas is the real deal--a little short, but incredibly quick!