bwgood77 wrote: Saberestar wrote:
Revived wrote:Man, Rubio questionable for tomorrow with another injury.
Feels like Baynes and Rubio pick up injuries every other game this season.
Yeah, I am a bit concerned about Baynes durability (lack of).
I think that we need to take that into consideration before offer him a new contract next summer.
His injuries, his age and his constant foul trouble during games are a kind of red flags. I love the guy but it is true that for whatever reason he never plays big time minutes. You can't spend a lot of money on a player like that.
I think it's fine if we have Ayton. Perfect backup for him. He only might get into foul trouble because of minutes, but he's still under 6 fouls per 36 and at around 5 fouls per 36 for his career. But he should only be getting 16-20 minutes while Ayton gets 28-32. Then he'd be fine. He's the perfect fit if he stays.
I think when he plays, even without Ayton, we can beat anyone. Without him, we are lucky to beat bad teams. He is an enormous difference maker. Of course a lot of that has to do with Ayton being out, but Ayton wasn't an enormous difference maker in competing last year. I think he will be this year, but regardless, losing Baynes is a huge loss. Even without Ayton he puts us up there able to compete with anyone. With Ayton and him, we would be very tough. I wouldn't underestimate his impact.
I didn't even think we should have traded for him at the time...I thought we should keep Holmes. I was very wrong.
Exactly. Baynes is a perfect back-up for all the reasons you mentioned. Its also the reason i cringed when people posted about continuing to start him when Ayton gets back. Baynes is great at what he does when he plays limited minutes. He's able to be a little more reckless,try to block more shots, set stronger screens, and stuff like that because he isnt worried about playing 30+ minutes and fouling out. Playing the back-up role actually allows him to go harder. When he started playing the increased minutes, yeah he was GREAT the first couple of games, but from that point on almost every aspect of his game started to suffer as he couldnt do as much and had to limit himself due to picking up fouls.....and the games he didnt do that he ended up having to sit quite a bit more due to that foul trouble. Some players are just like that, better at playing in short spurts for a shorter amount of time per game, and usually its the bigger defensive guys like Baynes.
The issue we have been having lately is mostly due in part to our PF's. With Ayton suspended and Baynes injured, we have been running our PF's out there to cover the C spot, and while some teams have the luxury of being able to do that with some players, we cant and it shows. The reason for this is because im sorry to say our PF's are tissue soft. Frank and Saric arnt those type of PF's. They are the softer i-can-shoot-open-3's type that almost seem to avoid contact at all costs. You just cant expect to throw those guys up against bigger stronger C's that are used to throwing their weight around and bully the paint.
I still think a guy like Love would be perfect. He's old (31), but is still balling at a very high level (17points, 11rebounds, 3assists while shooting 36% from 3). He's doing all that with a sh*tty supporting cast filled with youngsters, imagine what he could do here reunited with Rubio. He's under contract for the next 3 seasons. 3 and a half seasons with Love would boost us much higher in the playoff picture and help us become a team that players would want to sign with or be traded to again (Remember those days?). When his contracts up, cool, let him do what he wants, but that would give us 3 seasons of winning playoff basketball with a crop of FA's looking to take his spot. Hell, maybe Cam Johnson could learn a thing or two from him besides just taking the open 3 shot (Like MOVING WITHOUT THE BALL and BEING A SOLID PASSING BIG THAT CAN ASSIST THE REST OF THE TEAM).
Aldridge is having a HELL of a season (His fantasy rank fluctuates between #12-#17 weekly depending on the games played). While i would love to have him, having him under contract for only 1 full season at the age of 35 scares the hell out of me. Totally the type of player i see ring chasing for cheap after his current contract expires (Hooking up with AD in Lakerland or even joining Irving/KD and his buddy DeAndre Jordan in Brooklyn), while we are left holding our d**ks in our hand after trading for him.
And i dont care what anyone says, i would make a trade for Blake Griffin in a heartbeat.
But for the love of god stay away from Aaron Gordon. He just isnt that good of a player at all. Jack of most trades, master of none. Does a little bit of everything (Minus defense), but really isnt that good at anything.......and is very very inconsistent.
Sure, there might be a few other PF's that are flying under the radar that would be a vast improvement over what we have now and im just forgetting, but these are the big names that are thrown about, somewhat available, and are talked about the most.