esqtvd wrote:KL2 wrote:Interesting. Lue said he wasn’t sure if Rondo would start or come off the bench.
There is no plan. Pure dice roll. We'll work it out on the fly. But with Marcus and Batum switching units, Mann stepping up, Kennard possibly not drowning in an ocean of suck, and with Bev being out for so long and now maybe an adjustment to Ibaka and Zu's playing time, we were going to be starting over a bit anyway. We are not dismantling a well-oiled machine.
In "Moneyball," Billy Beane calls it the F-***ing A Trade" where you just shake stuff up for the sake of the shake. I don't think we looked good enough that we didn't need one, and getting a guy with 2 rings and 8 apg lifetime is not a bad way to do the "Effin A."
Somehow this is a smaller trade that potentially shakes up all our lineups and player combinations. We traded a backup scorer for ostensibly a backup level point, but it’s our starting unit that hopefully benefits from Rondo.
Meanwhile we lose a primary bench scorer, but can hopefully make that up with better play from Luke and Mann’s continued improvement. Then throw in the other lineup flip flops you’ve mentioned as well...
I think the whole has not been greater than the sum of the parts, and our parts are very good but not best in league either. So this shakeup was warranted if we really want to take a shot at getting to or winning the Finals this year. And although it was a significant trade, it wasn’t foolhardy either in that we didn’t throw away defense to try to chase a point guard (I.e. trading Zu.)