Stillwater wrote: gflem wrote:
I disagree about Sexton/Garland as an experiment... I am convinced the front office is dedicated to that backcourt and would not have taken Darius if they were not.
I also disagree Henson cannot be part of the team after this season as he will not demand the salary he is on now and can be had for much cheaper as nobody else is going to offer him more.
I like him as a 3rd big that can shoot some protect the rim well and provide solid fundamentals in the front court making smart basketball plays.
Zizic showed flashes of being more than a 5th big but yeah he needs more athleticism and shooting to match Beilein's system as more than 4th big.
I think they will absolutely shop TT , Knight and Love at the deadline and will take calls about expiring's like Henson,Delly and JC but ultimately the later 3 are retainable if nobody offers worthwhile returns.
I believe the team is dedicated to making the backcourt work, but that doesnt mean it will. I would assume the team didnt just say "well, lets draft Garland and hope it works out". As for Henson, sure I think he can be on the team after this season, but I think the team is in asset collection mode, and he is expiring and still can be useful to another team. That is why I think he will likely be moved at the dl.
As for the pick, if the team doesnt move Love, TT, and or Clarkson then I think it will convey. But, they arent getting anything close to a top ten pick back in any dl moves, even if they do move any of those three players it will be to a contending team for late firsts at best. So, one more year of tanking to keep the pick and collect further assets while giving the young guys big minutes to hopefully help with their development would seem to be the way to go this season to me.
I dont know that the team is thinking that way though.