E S V L wrote:
1. I have watched Simmons’s defence and was impressed.
2. I have watched Simmons shooting and found his shooting mechanic healthier now than Kyle’s one.
3. I am totally fine with Clarke, Dieng, Winslow, Allen, 1st for Simmons.
See what you have done.
I know what I'm doing & believe you maybe someone that can do something about it. I know GM's or their people read these boards. As an original Raptors fan, I posted the DeRozan for Kawhi trade long before it was a reality,. It's there in my post history. I took the angle that Pops didn't want to be a part of a rebuild being at the end of his career, while everyone was hyping the young players, picks LA & Boston could potentially send. Not to long after names like McCollum started to surface in rumors but Raptors had an advantage the other teams didn't in trading their star players that were under control for a risk on an injured player that was going to walk to LA. That was, Masai had reached critical mass & was going to blow up the team if they lost regardless, where Derozan would have been traded anyway, just for a different type package. Funny enough, 3J was my draft target of that alternative reality, taking back Parsons contract to net the 4th pick. Then Jonas got trade here.
So 3J, Jonas, Ja is why I'm here as a Raptors fan, this Memphis team would have been my vision/hope for the alternative reality of trading for Kawhi.
Masai even used my reasoning for trading fan favorite Derozan in his presser. Believe it or not, a lot of Raptors fans didn't want to trade DeRozan for Kawhi, mostly for sentimental reasons.
Checking Simmons salary, Dieng & Winslow are needed to meet the financial difference.
At 24, Simmons is only 1 yr older than Clarke & already a proven quality starter, where it's questionable that Clarke can handle starting or the 5 if 3J is a stretch 4 moving forward, outside of certain matchups. With Dieng expiring & Winslow yet to play a minute, Simmons is going to be a big upgrade to this current roster as long as it's not a massive pick overpayment.
Starting big rotation - Jonas/3J/Simmons/Melton/Ja - bench - Tillman/Anderson/Brooks/Allen/Tyus
Starting small & closing rotation - 3J/Simmons/Brooks/Melton/Ja - bench - Jonas/Anderson/Konchar/Allen/Tyus
The big rotation, while big & long, has 4 players that can get out in transition with Jonas to rip down boards & handle the physicality. I have Melton over Brooks in this rotation because with Jonas, 3J, Simmons & Ja all capable of generating their own offense, they don't need Dillon's usage, where Melton would be 3 & D & complimentary. Brooks takes the task of bolstering the bench's offense in this scenario.
The small ball, closing rotation, surrounds Ja with + defenders 2-5. where Simmons gives the rotation that lock down defender who has the versatility to guard 1-5 & with Melton's improved shooting, 4 players capable from range to compliment playing Simmons in the post as a secondary playmaker.