It appears we are in another summer of ‘remodeling’ the team into something better than it was last year. While the long term affects of this could be positive, our history with MJ/Larry shows this same type of thing will probably happen again next summer. My question is, is it worth it?
We just had the best season in franchise history with a group that hadn’t even been together an entire season. Wouldn’t it have been better to see what they could do with one full season together then re-evaluating? I understand we had to let Ray go, but why trade everyone else? A lot of questions like these have been popping in my head recently, but it is useless to try and answer them. MJ is doing what he is doing we just have to sit back and watch.
I like some of the moves we have done. Signing Livingston was an A+. He has a lot of potential to be a starter. Next year, i think he should be our #2 guy, and spend more time in the weight room than on the court. After that, i would be open to him as our starter. His talent is undeniable, and if he hadn’t messed is knee up (ironically, playing against us while still on the Clippers) he would be starting right now. Extending Tyrus was a stability move, which is the thing i like the most. We got our guy at power forward now. Trading Diaw is the next logical step, and not too many people are opposed to that.
My biggest issue with what we are doing is what is to come. We took on 2 huge contracts of role players to get 1 voidable, and lost our starting center. Replacing Tyson will not be as easy as it seems. Even though he was lost half the year, he picked up our system towards the end of the season and helped us make the playoffs. Their are not that many 7 footers out their, and we just gave 1 up. Nazr’s back and Diop’s terrible offense keep them from being starters, so we need to find someone before training camp.
We still need a point guard to start for us; DJ is not ready yet and neither is Shaun. Who that can be is a mystery. I do not believe their is any validity in rumors that Chris Paul is coming here. Maybe their have been talks, but i doubt anything will come from them if no details have even been leaked to the mainstream media. I want him as much as everyone else does, but it is just a wet dream the size of an ocean to think we could get him. We will just have to wait and see who we get. Just be advised holding your breath for CP3 will most likely just lead you to suffocate.
The new roster is not done being built, hopefully. As it stands right now we have some huge holes. While i trust MJ and LB will find guys (they always do) I am wondering what we will have to give up to get them. We could very well end up having to lose one of our core guys. I am not expecting these guys to learn to play together in training camp, and i expect a painful start to the season followed by a slow rise to the playoffs. We might get a higher seed, but that is just crazy speculation at this point. As long as we don’t win a championship, it will be lather/rinse/repeat for this whole process next offseason. I am not sure i like this. Do you?