HoopsFanAZ wrote:Norm2953 wrote:Collins, DJJ and Hood for LA.
It's not likely Collins is coming back unless he signs a make good offer from Portland. DJJ is likely opting out for 21/22 and Hood is also gone. Unless the team knows Nurk's return is imminent, they are going to need another big for Nurk's original injury prognosis was eight weeks before he would be evaluated and he's going to need time to get his conditioning. Portland could roll with LA and Roco up front with 3 point shooters Dame/CJ and GTJ.
I'm a fan of Collins ... who has been out with non-career-threatening injuries. I like Hood's improved play coming off the Achilles while still young enough to have a shot. I like DJJ with his "potential" combined with what he can already do athletically and on D.
With that said, if it's win now, LMA would be the move that's doable. LMA helps while Nurkic is out (and given his history, that would help). LMA was not a defensive stopper but not a liability, either. That he now takes and hits 3's lets him go from midrange-and-in to an actual pick and roll, pick and pop from 3 guy. He doesn't needs 30+ minutes per game anymore. Sometimes but not a steady diet. His salary goes DOWN after this season.
And, yes, LMA even losing a step is more versatile on O. He could play alongside Nurkic and Kanter, IMHO. At 35 (36 in July), this is a win now scenario. That's what's talked about, and the mixed reviews that Collins, DJJ and Hood receive makes sense from the Blazers' side. The Spurs' risk is limited. Need a bucket? The Blazers get an upgrade over who's going out.
The player you describe sounds like a player Spurs would want to have. Wonder why Popovich says LMA leaving the Spurs is a win.
Aldridge can't play forward because we have at least 4 better players at that position. He could be a backup to Kanter, but Nurk is back in 2-3 weeks. LMA weak rebounding is a problem complementing our forwards. LMA doesn't shoot 3's often our well. He used to play closer to the basket, but now he shoots mainly very long 2's. He is a bad fit because he doesn't set good screens and never rolls to the basket. Our guards like to run pick-n-rolls.
LMA has some assets at the right price. He can shoot and rebound a little. He has always been a strong finisher around the basket, too bad he has never been willing to take full advantage of that skill. Last couple years have been the worst for him.