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Old 06-14-2016, 07:10 AM   #16 (permalink)
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This very much mirrors my thoughts, except I think we're likely to save some cash by going with a PF from the draft ... There's a host of PF's likely to go within the top 15 like Jakob Poeltl, Deyonta Davis, Domantas Sabonis, Skal Labiessiere, Marquese Chriss and Henry Ellenson. And based on whichever mock draft site you like best we've been tagged with a few of them at #9

I definitely see us getting a 4 and using Caboclo, the newbie and Patterson through the first half of the season until staff decide on a starter and who comes off the bench.
This draft is big men heavy but of all the big men that are likely available to us at 9, I just don't see anyone that has a ceiling that's higher than an average starter. The guy with the highest ceiling is probably Marquese Chriss. I would definitely take Chriss if he's available but other than him the rest of the guys are kind of meh. Sabonis is too slow and Labiessiere is too frail. Henry Ellenson is probably the best combination of size/speed/shooting ability but he looks like someone who will be a liability on defense.

I think we should just go with the best player available instead of strictly looking for 4s. If either one of Buddy Hield, Jaylen Brown, Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray drop to us then we should take them over the bigs.
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^^ Best Available has always been a good ploy. But unless we've got a backroom deal to sign and trade, I'd rather not get another guard as we're jammed in those positions for now and in the future. Yes we could use another 3 (so we can trade Ross) ... but the real BIG hole for the last two+ years has been at the 4 ever since Amir Johnson left!!

We have to fix that. We need to ADD a body by draft or trade, then promote and mold Caboclo as a starter option (along with the draftee) and have Patterson coming off the bench. No matter how, we've got to shore it up. And with the wealth of bigs in this year's draft if we fail to address that hole then we'll pay for it again next year.

With the 905 team, we've got time and opportunity to mold our draftee ... even if he plays in the 905 until December.
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I'm disappointed.... why are our picks always boo'ed
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Re: My offseason predictions

I'm okay with the Poeltl pick. Pretty much nobody from the top 8 fell to us (Jaylen Brown/ Buddy Hield, Murray, etc.). I wanted Chriss but after he was gone most guys left were either high risk or low ceiling. Poeltl is a low ceiling pick but at least he fills a need. Biyombo is gone and Poeltl will be our backup center. He's a pretty good pick and roll guy with great hands that can finish around the basket. I look forward to a lot of 2 man game between him and Cory Joseph.
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Poeltl strikes me as a poor man's JVal. Good enough to be his back-up.
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Pascal Siakam.... Say who??? Doesn't really matter. Another PF. Let them battle it out to see who stays, who goes to the 905 and whether one or both get packaged in another deal.

I'm at least happy we addressed our gaping hole with two potentials... Would have liked to get Deyonta Davis but they must know something I don't.

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That pick also signals to me that they don't think Biyombo will be back. At $2.8 million, he was a steal. At whatever crazy amount of money some team desperate for rim protection is going to pay him this offseason, maybe not.
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Yeah that's what I'm thinking too .... He basically has the exact same game as Biz. Little offence unless its at the net, big, fast on his feet, rolls well and sets good screens .... So a younger, cheaper version without the history and the league respect.
Starting from Scratch...

Now we still need a real 4 that can stretch the floor and make shots .... hmmm ;-)
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The news this morning is that Biyombo wants to come back as long as DeRozan does. He has said that he will wait as long as the team needs to feel out that situation.

To me the natural question would be... can this team go back to the Eastern Conference Finals by just bringing back the current cast of characters without any significant additions (maybe Bruno)?
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The news this morning is that Biyombo wants to come back as long as DeRozan does. He has said that he will wait as long as the team needs to feel out that situation.

To me the natural question would be... can this team go back to the Eastern Conference Finals by just bringing back the current cast of characters without any significant additions (maybe Bruno)?
Now that's great news to hear .... still a question of money though, how much will be left after Demar? Sounds like he completely understands the issue and will be willing to take a little less than he might get on the market.

Also means we'll be able to focus any trade discussions to include Ross + Nogeira (now expendable) and others to getting a starting 4 with Patterson and Caboclo off the bench. I don't see us advancing without that....
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The news this morning is that Biyombo wants to come back as long as DeRozan does. He has said that he will wait as long as the team needs to feel out that situation.

To me the natural question would be... can this team go back to the Eastern Conference Finals by just bringing back the current cast of characters without any significant additions (maybe Bruno)?
If everyone is healthy then I don't see why not. We played half of our playoffs without Valanciunas and Carroll was 50% at best. I think our biggest threat outside of Cleveland is the Pacers. Teague is an upgrade and Thad Young is at least better than Lavoy Allen.

It is still way too early to say though. A lot of teams in the East have money to spend. For all we know Durant can land in Boston and change the entire landscape of the league.
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1. DeRozan will be re-signed. This will happen fairly quickly, perhaps within the first 2 days of free agency period.
Try the first 2 hours.

I'm thrilled with the signing. With this out of the way Masai can focus on improving other parts of the team.
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Looks like the Raps are already close to wrapping up Demar That was fast !!

Next up, the summer schedule and player list. As well as locking up our rooks and Biyombo. Hmmmmm, if the Raps and Demar have already agreed on a number that quickly it means there might be room for Biz after all. Its no secret mgmt and players all know whats at stake. Interesting ...
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Looking at the crazy contracts that's being thrown around I doubt we'll make any more significant moves this off season. That Ross contract is looking like bargain so perhaps we should just hold on to it for a while. If he plays well early on in the season, the fact that he is young and athletic and on a bargain contract should mean that we can get something valuable for him at the trade deadline.

Like I said earlier, I think Bruno is still our best hope at this point for an affordable stretch 4. I think we should try him out early in the season to see if it's a viable option down the road. If it is, try to extend him on a cheap contract and hope that he develops into a starting caliber 4 next year. Meanwhile, sign a guy like Kris Humphries or David Lee for a cheap contract to bolster depth.
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Anyone else hear the rumour of

Patterson/Carroll/Bebe/Future 1st

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