RipPizzaGuy wrote:I don't think Looney is the worst option we could go for. Hes still young and hes a pretty physical player. Its always hard to judge guys that come out of the GSW system, players tend to look a little different when they aren't surrounded by 4 all stars. That said he may be worth the risk if its cheap. I do think hes back in GS for something like 8per year though.
One option I don't hear around here ever is Taj Gibson. Hes a bit on the older side, but I think hes got another decent 2 years in him. Hes tough as nails, would be a great mentor, and he can step out to the mid-range pretty well. If he comes cheap, I really wouldn't mind him. Perfect guy to have in the locker room and help the team get to the playoffs.
I agree with you 100%. I argued against signing Looney at $8 million per year, but I don’t think that he would be a bad addition per se. If you can get him for $4 million or cheaper, then it’s good value. I still get worried that he takes developmental minutes away from Giles and doesn’t offer much differentiation in terms of skill set. That being said, he would offer some decent insurance just in case Giles flames out.
Gibson would be a great addition. I think he would be a fantastic role model for Bagley and, more importantly, Giles. Harry could potentially be a very similar player to Gibson in his career (w/ better vision). I love the addition. I believe Gibson could start with Bagley and be a great fit.
I view Looney kind of like I would view a prime Amir Johnson. I wouldn't be mad he is on the team and I think he is useful, but I am going to want to upgrade that spot if I can. If they Kings signed Looney to a like 3/$12m contract, fine, I am ok with that. The money is so light that it fine. Since he is going to be a RFA, the Kings will have to sign him to a three year deal. If we are talking 3/$24, I am way out.
Taj is another guy who I wouldn't mind on the team, but we would be looking for another upgrade next year. If we strike out on everyone and bring him in on a big one year deal, I am in. But I would rather go after other players first.
I know everyone is focusing on centers, but I truly believe we are set at Center if we sign a third string center that can maybe play minutes if Bagley needs to play PF. I really do think this ends up with WCS on a one year deal. If we could sign WCS but also sign a small forward to play big minutes (with Barnes/Bagley), I would be thrilled. I just think Giles and Bagley are ultimately playing center most of the time, spending some time together on the court, similar to the way Sabonis/Turner have their minutes staggered in Indy.