DarkXaero wrote:I would think that if we're getting Kyrie & re-signing D Lo, then surely Dinwiddie will get traded? Kyrie & D Lo on the same team already creates complications, you don't need a third PG who needs the ball to be effective. And I'm a fan of Dinwiddie, both as a player and a person, I would hate to see him leave, but there's no sense for him to be here in that scenario.
So in that case, we would have roughly $56 million in cap space, what kind of moves could we make?
I agree with you. Under the presumption thag the Nets sign kyrie to the max, resign Russell at or near the max, land no other guys considered big name free agents (lenoard, durant, bulter, tobias, vuvicic, etc.), and still have Dinwiddie on his current contract. 3 guards who are all most effective with the ball in their hands. Now don't get me wrong, I really like Dinwiddie a lot as he is obviously a good player and fits the culture that the front office and coaching staff has successfully implemented. However, I think there are better fits to join a kyrie-Russell backcourt (especially if the nets were to stagger the minutes at point guard between irving and russell, same as houston with paul and harden).
And my favorite one just happens to be a free agent...Patrick Beverley.
The work ethic and passion Beverly plays with perfectly embodies that same culture I previously mentioned. Also, I think he would fit the team like a glove has he doesn't need to ball in his hands constantly to be effective as he is just as good playing off the ball, is a great 3 point shooter (shot 39.7% on 3.6 attempts a game last season), and lastly (maybe most importantly) his defense is phenomenal. And that last point cannot be understated as the defense would need assistance as those aren't necessarily irving's or russell's strong suits.
With the rest of the of money, I'd like to bring in Paul Millsap on a bloated 1 year day and Ed Davis back. Davis to continue to do what he did last year. Millsap would be a great veteran and calming presence to have to aid in integrating the new guys like Irving and beverly. Also in my opinion, millsap would be a perfect one year gap to allow kurucs to continue to develop as kurucs would still getting solid playing time (Millsap only averaged about 28 minutes a game last season) and I'm sure millsap could teach him a few points to help refine kurucs's game. Full disclosure: I am a big fan of Kurucs's talent and think with the proper plan he could develop into an above average 4 at minimum. He also shot 36.5% from 3 point range last season which gives the nets a player than can function as a stretch 4 in the offense and has experience with Kenny atkinson's coaching style. Lastly, similar to beverly, millsap would be a welcome improvement on defense. Last season, "In the 2018-19 campaign, Millsap played 70 games and served as the team’s defensive anchor. When Millsap was on the floor, Denver had a 107.3 defensive rating, which would have ranked eighth in the league over the course of an entire season. When he sat, the defensive rating dropped to 111.9, which would have ranked 22nd in the league." (Source: https://www.nba.com/amp/nuggets/news/201819-season-review-paul-millsap-061419
After that, between the new signings, training camp invites, and the draft, I don't think the Nets will need to bring in anyone else as they will have a strong 15 man roster along with a first rounder in every future draft:
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: D'Angelo Russell
SF: Caris LeVert
PF: Paul Millsap
C: Jarret Allen
Backup PG: Patrick Beverley
Backup SG: Joe Harris
Backup SF: Taurean Prince
Backup PF: Rodions Kurucs
Backup C: Ed Davis
Last 5: Dzanan Musa, Jared Dudley (returns on a 1 year veteran minimum contract), #27 pick or #31 pick (I believe the other pick will be stashed overseas), Theo Pinson, Allan Williams