NetsJets wrote: Rockice_24 wrote:
GTR11 wrote:In no way I'm trying to say we should get rid off him or send him to the bench. Allen was very solid during this past season and him being on rookie contract it's just plain dumb not to develop him. 82 games is a lot and load management is definitely a must for most players no matter their age. My point is that we should not be surprised or deny the fact that from now on we will have to expend our playbook and talent. This FA is a golden opportunity and a lot of things looking our way. As I said, I'm looking forward to some post game and passing from vet big who can also mentor Allen for our own good.
We don't post up though so you're unlikely to ever see it. We just don't want to do that offensively even if we could.
I do agree that now is the time to expand the talent. We all have a nice soft spot for guys like Dinwiddie, RHJ, Carrol, Russell etc. but we have to strike now if we can. We can become legit players in the East with guys like Kyrie and Butler. Do we want to stick with the feel good story and fight for a bottom 4 seed each year or do we want to add winning talent and try and do some real winning?
But what’s the rush? We overachieved last season, to me it’s about continuing to build on what we’ve been doing the last 2/3 years, who says we’ll be bottom 4 seed contenders each year? We can improve as a team as the young talent get better and develop into contenders organically.
Sure you could do that but guys are going to being getting paid soon. You can't shell out big deals and stay flexible. Sure they overachieved and we could get better but how much better? Is this core going to explode with Russell, Levert, and Allen from the 6th seed to contenders, highly unlikely. Once their rookie deals run out in a few years you are going to have Russell (27M), Harris (15M), Dinwiddie (11M), Levert (18-22M), Allen (4M last year of rookie deal with 15M cap hold coming in 2021).
By 2021-2022 all those guys will be getting paid and you won't have room for a max contract likely.
Eventually you have to go for it. It doesn't have to be this season but we likely aren't in position to land two max stars again. Getting bounced in round 1 for the next 2-3 years will get old fast and the young up and coming team goes from lovable to frustrating because they just aren't good enough to contend.
It's a fine line to walk between keeping a likable team and not contending and bringing in a talent like Kyrie and trying to contend.
The Crabbe deal signals the latter where we are likely to pursue high end talent at the expense of probably guys like RHJ and Russell.