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Post#21 » by pcbothwel » Wed Sep 2, 2020 7:58 pm

bsilver wrote:If we don't have much money to spend, and bigger name veterans don't want to come here, I'd be happy to get Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He can't shoot the 3, but he's an excellent defender and hard-nosed player. Would be a good influence, and would be cheap.


Agreed... I also see two RFA's that may be had for cheap: Denzel Valentine and Sterling Brown

I could see the Bulls letting Valentine walk as they already have a few wings (Otto, Lavine, Sato, and Hutchinson) and I could see them taking someone like Okoro in the draft.
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Post#22 » by Ruzious » Wed Sep 2, 2020 8:19 pm

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bsilver wrote:If we don't have much money to spend, and bigger name veterans don't want to come here, I'd be happy to get Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He can't shoot the 3, but he's an excellent defender and hard-nosed player. Would be a good influence, and would be cheap.


Agreed... I also see two RFA's that may be had for cheap: Denzel Valentine and Sterling Brown

I could see the Bulls letting Valentine walk as they already have a few wings (Otto, Lavine, Sato, and Hutchinson) and I could see them taking someone like Okoro in the draft.

Yup. Every team can use someone like Denzel. I thought Sterling Brown would be better than he has been. Not sure why he's been mediocre, but I do know he's had issues keeping his weight down.
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Post#23 » by wall_glizzy » Wed Sep 2, 2020 8:35 pm

Watching the last couple of Celtics games, I'm thinking more and more that their approach to the center position might be the way of the future. While I doubt they'd say no to a blue-chip upgrade at the position, it seems like they're getting a ton of production and versatility out of a committee approach based around the whole spectrum of positional archetypes.

I'm just spitballing here, but with even elite centers getting neutralized by playoff game-planning year after year, it seems like their $12 million combination of an efficient scorer/rebounder (Kanter), a skinny but hyper-athletic rim protector (Robert Williams) and an unspectacular but efficient linchpin of the team defensive scheme (Theis) is getting them way more mileage than a single premier option could.

For me, the question of the offseason is not "who is the single best big on the market?," but rather "which 'big' skillsets/player archetypes do we already have on the roster, and which missing ones are we able to find in free agency?" Obviously, the Celtics have done extremely well spreading only $12 million around between these guys: Theis was plucked out of Germany years after going undrafted, and his current cap figure is no doubt influenced by a couple years of bad injury luck; Williams is an obvious bargain because he's still on his rookie contract. But I think the Kanter situation is instructive; his value is depressed not because he's taken a great leap forward this year, but simply because he has (extremely) distinct strengths and weaknesses in different areas of the game. That is, a team can derive surplus value even from contracts negotiated in the free (agency) market, provided that they are able to platoon a position with players who balance out each others (vulner)abilities.

Crazy? Possibly. But let's take a look at who's out there in the FA market this summer.

Efficient buckets and rebounds, questionable defense (Kanter)
We've already got this guy on the roster, as far as I'm concerned, and for the right price. I think Bryant's deal looks pretty good even compared to Kanter's, considering the additional floor spacing he offers. Further, I'm positive that it'll compare favorably to whatever Montrezl Harrell comes away with this offseason.

Hyper-athletic rim-running and shot-blocking (Williams)
Unfortunately, there's not a lot of this on the market this summer (except our old pal Javale!). However, it so happens that it's the very calling card of Onyeka Okongwu, who seems to be about as close to a consensus pick for our #9 as this board's going to get. We can hope...

Nerlens Noel probably belongs here as well, though I initially had him in the next group. I've already talked up Harry Giles plenty, even though his rim protection is more theoretical than actual at the moment.

Steady, bruising defense and low-usage efficiency (Theis)
This seems to be the archetype that you're expecting to get starter minutes from, with the other two being a little more situational (in that both their strengths and their vulnerabilities seem more pronounced). It's hard to tell exactly how the market will break, but I would hope that at least one of Aron Baynes, Jakob Poeltl, Kyle O'Quinn, Mason Plumlee, or Tristan Thompson ends up being a relative bargain. (That's my approximate ranking, by the way, but if we come out of the lottery with a center there's no reason to pay the premium that Baynes/Poeltl/Thompson will command for 20-30 minute roles).

Anyway, maybe I'm overreacting to small sample sizes. It's also worth noting that while this strategy can lead to some positive-value signings like Kanter, it can make it difficult to land even somebody like Noel, given that we're budgeting for a 15-20 minute contributor while other teams might feel like they're paying for 25+ a night.

Thoughts? Can this mindset be applied to other positions? I tend to think not, especially for wings (whose most valuable trait in the current meta seems to be versatility), though maybe there could be interesting applications at the PG/SG spots. Alas, probably not for our current squad.
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Post#24 » by payitforward » Thu Sep 3, 2020 12:52 am

dckingsfan wrote:Will Bruno Caboclo go for the MLE?

?? Isn't it more a question of whether he'll be able to stay in the league at all?
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Post#25 » by dckingsfan » Thu Sep 3, 2020 12:57 am

payitforward wrote:
dckingsfan wrote:Will Bruno Caboclo go for the MLE?

?? Isn't it more a question of whether he'll be able to stay in the league at all?

yeah, probably true... I fell in love with a small sample size (playing in Houston). Then I looked at his numbers from the previous years.

As they say... never mind :D
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Post#26 » by dckingsfan » Thu Sep 3, 2020 1:03 am

Ruzious wrote:
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bsilver wrote:If we don't have much money to spend, and bigger name veterans don't want to come here, I'd be happy to get Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He can't shoot the 3, but he's an excellent defender and hard-nosed player. Would be a good influence, and would be cheap.

Agreed... I also see two RFA's that may be had for cheap: Denzel Valentine and Sterling Brown

I could see the Bulls letting Valentine walk as they already have a few wings (Otto, Lavine, Sato, and Hutchinson) and I could see them taking someone like Okoro in the draft.

Yup. Every team can use someone like Denzel. I thought Sterling Brown would be better than he has been. Not sure why he's been mediocre, but I do know he's had issues keeping his weight down.

You think that Denzel is healed up?
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Post#27 » by payitforward » Thu Sep 3, 2020 1:09 am

bsilver wrote:If we don't have much money to spend, and bigger name veterans don't want to come here, I'd be happy to get Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He can't shoot the 3, but he's an excellent defender and hard-nosed player. Would be a good influence, and would be cheap.

Absolutely -- but... Toronto has an absolute ton of cap room, & I imagine they appreciate what he does. He seems likely to be re-signed.

Seems kind of likely it will go that way with Marc Gasol too.
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Post#28 » by payitforward » Thu Sep 3, 2020 1:29 am

Wall Glizzy continuing his run of deep thinking! Makes me wonder whether we shouldn't take a very long look at Jalen Smith in this year's draft. Not to take at #9 but to acquire in a trade down. Not the right thread, I know....
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Post#29 » by payitforward » Thu Sep 3, 2020 2:01 am

wall_glizzy wrote:...I would hope that at least one of Aron Baynes, Jakob Poeltl, Kyle O'Quinn, Mason Plumlee, or Tristan Thompson ends up being a relative bargain. (That's my approximate ranking, by the way, but if we come out of the lottery with a center there's no reason to pay the premium that Baynes/Poeltl/Thompson will command for 20-30 minute roles)....

Those are all old guys with the exception of Jakob Poeltl.

But, Poeltl would be a great target! Almost as good as Noel, really.

But... SA can keep him if they want to. &... probably they will!

All this makes me want to go back to the trade thread & think about how to get Jarrett Allen.
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Post#30 » by Ruzious » Thu Sep 3, 2020 11:59 am

payitforward wrote:
wall_glizzy wrote:...I would hope that at least one of Aron Baynes, Jakob Poeltl, Kyle O'Quinn, Mason Plumlee, or Tristan Thompson ends up being a relative bargain. (That's my approximate ranking, by the way, but if we come out of the lottery with a center there's no reason to pay the premium that Baynes/Poeltl/Thompson will command for 20-30 minute roles)....

Those are all old guys with the exception of Jakob Poeltl.

But, Poeltl would be a great target! Almost as good as Noel, really.

But... SA can keep him if they want to. &... probably they will!

All this makes me want to go back to the trade thread & think about how to get Jarrett Allen.

I think Poeltl's much more likely to stay with SA than Noel will with OKC. SA's only other center is the aging Aldridge - who is no rim protector and is perhaps more adept at PF - so they seem to need Poeltl, while Noel is stuck behind Adams - who is regarded as a rim protector.
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Post#31 » by nate33 » Thu Sep 3, 2020 12:49 pm

Ruzious wrote:... while Noel is stuck behind Adams - who is regarded as a rim protector.


A rim protector who will be paid $27M next year.

Centers tend to get played off the floor in the playoffs. Smart teams aren't going to devote $30M+ to the position when there are bigger needs elsewhere. I don't think OKC will be willing to pay Noel more than $3-4M per year, if that. I think he can be had with an offer in the $5-8M (per year) range.
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Post#32 » by Ruzious » Thu Sep 3, 2020 1:05 pm

Some players who didn't really make it in their rookie contracts are worth a look as relatively cheap alternatives that might have gained physical and mental maturity. I think Skal Labissiere (sp?) might fit that. He was acquired by Atlanta but had a knee injury that he would have come back with for 8 games if Atl was one of the bubble teams. He's an RFA, and I don't see Atl putting a high priority in signing him because they have so many talented young players - not to mention Capela. Good rebounder and shot-blocker and an athletic player. Was always touted as having excellent shooting range. He's been injury-prone, but I see him improving because he's gotten stronger over the years - he came into the NBA being very skinny. Quick enough to play PF and big enough to play center in today's NBA.
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Post#33 » by dckingsfan » Thu Sep 3, 2020 3:46 pm

Ruzious wrote:Some players who didn't really make it in their rookie contracts are worth a look as relatively cheap alternatives that might have gained physical and mental maturity. I think Skal Labissiere (sp?) might fit that. He was acquired by Atlanta but had a knee injury that he would have come back with for 8 games if Atl was one of the bubble teams. He's an RFA, and I don't see Atl putting a high priority in signing him because they have so many talented young players - not to mention Capela. Good rebounder and shot-blocker and an athletic player. Was always touted as having excellent shooting range. He's been injury-prone, but I see him improving because he's gotten stronger over the years - he came into the NBA being very skinny. Quick enough to play PF and big enough to play center in today's NBA.

Skal is definitely interesting... when he was with the Kings his body just wasn't mature enough. Then he got hurt. For now, I would say PF - but maybe in a couple of years C? And the other question is will his 3 point shooting come back - he doesn't look as confident now as he did a few years ago.

But the injuries... I think he could be had for the vet minimum as a flyer...
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Post#34 » by Tyrone Messby » Thu Sep 3, 2020 4:12 pm

Nerlens Noel?? McRae? I feel like I’m living in. Groundhog Day.
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Post#35 » by doclinkin » Thu Sep 3, 2020 4:32 pm

wall_glizzy wrote:Watching the last couple of Celtics games, I'm thinking more and more that their approach to the center position might be the way of the future. While I doubt they'd say no to a blue-chip upgrade at the position, it seems like they're getting a ton of production and versatility out of a committee approach based around the whole spectrum of positional archetypes.

I'm just spitballing here, but with even elite centers getting neutralized by playoff game-planning year after year, it seems like their $12 million combination of an efficient scorer/rebounder (Kanter), a skinny but hyper-athletic rim protector (Robert Williams) and an unspectacular but efficient linchpin of the team defensive scheme (Theis) is getting them way more mileage than a single premier option could.

For me, the question of the offseason is not "who is the single best big on the market?," but rather "which 'big' skillsets/player archetypes do we already have on the roster, and which missing ones are we able to find in free agency?" Obviously, the Celtics have done extremely well spreading only $12 million around between these guys: Theis was plucked out of Germany years after going undrafted, and his current cap figure is no doubt influenced by a couple years of bad injury luck; Williams is an obvious bargain because he's still on his rookie contract. But I think the Kanter situation is instructive; his value is depressed not because he's taken a great leap forward this year, but simply because he has (extremely) distinct strengths and weaknesses in different areas of the game. That is, a team can derive surplus value even from contracts negotiated in the free (agency) market, provided that they are able to platoon a position with players who balance out each others (vulner)abilities.

Crazy? Possibly. But let's take a look at who's out there in the FA market this summer.

Efficient buckets and rebounds, questionable defense (Kanter)
We've already got this guy on the roster, as far as I'm concerned, and for the right price. I think Bryant's deal looks pretty good even compared to Kanter's, considering the additional floor spacing he offers. Further, I'm positive that it'll compare favorably to whatever Montrezl Harrell comes away with this offseason.

Hyper-athletic rim-running and shot-blocking (Williams)
Unfortunately, there's not a lot of this on the market this summer (except our old pal Javale!). However, it so happens that it's the very calling card of Onyeka Okongwu, who seems to be about as close to a consensus pick for our #9 as this board's going to get. We can hope...

Nerlens Noel probably belongs here as well, though I initially had him in the next group. I've already talked up Harry Giles plenty, even though his rim protection is more theoretical than actual at the moment.

Steady, bruising defense and low-usage efficiency (Theis)
This seems to be the archetype that you're expecting to get starter minutes from, with the other two being a little more situational (in that both their strengths and their vulnerabilities seem more pronounced). It's hard to tell exactly how the market will break, but I would hope that at least one of Aron Baynes, Jakob Poeltl, Kyle O'Quinn, Mason Plumlee, or Tristan Thompson ends up being a relative bargain. (That's my approximate ranking, by the way, but if we come out of the lottery with a center there's no reason to pay the premium that Baynes/Poeltl/Thompson will command for 20-30 minute roles).

Anyway, maybe I'm overreacting to small sample sizes. It's also worth noting that while this strategy can lead to some positive-value signings like Kanter, it can make it difficult to land even somebody like Noel, given that we're budgeting for a 15-20 minute contributor while other teams might feel like they're paying for 25+ a night.

Thoughts? Can this mindset be applied to other positions? I tend to think not, especially for wings (whose most valuable trait in the current meta seems to be versatility), though maybe there could be interesting applications at the PG/SG spots. Alas, probably not for our current squad.



I think Boston speaks more to coaching skill than roster assembly. I fully expect Brad Stevens' would ascend to EC championship contention if he had a dominant rearline anchor type. Of anyone I bet he could puzzle out the best use of a traditional center. Horford's multiposition adaptability fit him well, but if he had a power Big on the roster he would build a system that pivots around that centerpiece and do well with it. In the mean time with whatever he does as always he utilizes his ability to make chicken salad out of chickenshxt. He has a unique perception of the moment and an ability to adjust on the fly that few other coaches can exhibit. Masterful in substitutions and quickslice interpretation of what is happening on the floor to exploit or create a situational mismatch. He is the head coach equivalent of a Chris Paul.

I'm unconvinced that many other coaches would be as good at that game. Sure roster flexibility is key among role players, and the center position has become an afterthought, but with the increased importance of strong rebounding (in my opinion) I think we are seeing a renaissance of Large Ball. There is no Golden State in the playoffs this year. Houston tries the small ball route, but look around the rest of the league to see who has been playing well. LeLakers run with Bron at point guard. AD commonly plays next to JaVale or Dwight. The Bucks have two Lopez Bros next to the freak.

I think there is an opportunity right now to snatch quality Bigs while they are undervalued and the metagame is catching up. The murmurs that players like Jarret Allen or Rudy Gobert may be dangled by their teams to me looks like opportunity for the Next Next. To me the next phase of the metagame involves getting Smart Bigs. Bigs who pass and defend positionally. The next Horford, Marc Gasol, Draymond. Those are the ones who make both your offense and your defense better. The Bill Russell true Pivot player, who can read the defense from the back line and make adjustments to put your versatile perimeter swingmen in position.

But to quote former poster hands11 (RIP) "I been saying this for years".
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Post#36 » by doclinkin » Thu Sep 3, 2020 4:35 pm

dckingsfan wrote:
Ruzious wrote:
pcbothwel wrote:Agreed... I also see two RFA's that may be had for cheap: Denzel Valentine and Sterling Brown

I could see the Bulls letting Valentine walk as they already have a few wings (Otto, Lavine, Sato, and Hutchinson) and I could see them taking someone like Okoro in the draft.

Yup. Every team can use someone like Denzel. I thought Sterling Brown would be better than he has been. Not sure why he's been mediocre, but I do know he's had issues keeping his weight down.

You think that Denzel is healed up?


I think he is devalued if he is not healed up and would be an ideal Everybody Eats addition to the squad. Since we are investing millions in our training and health facilities and staff, it seems to me we might find good deals in players who have skill but have been dinged by injury. Like I dunno, that guy Otto in Chicago. :clown:

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Post#37 » by doclinkin » Thu Sep 3, 2020 4:38 pm

payitforward wrote:All this makes me want to go back to the trade thread & think about how to get Jarrett Allen.


I want Rudy Gobert, but on his NEXT contract.
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Post#38 » by payitforward » Thu Sep 3, 2020 7:32 pm

doclinkin wrote:...with the increased importance of strong rebounding (in my opinion) I think we are seeing a renaissance of Large Ball. ...I think there is an opportunity right now to snatch quality Bigs while they are undervalued and the metagame is catching up. The murmurs that players like Jarret Allen or Rudy Gobert may be dangled by their teams to me looks like opportunity for the Next Next. To me the next phase of the metagame involves getting Smart Bigs. Bigs who pass and defend positionally. The next Horford, Marc Gasol, Draymond. Those are the ones who make both your offense and your defense better. The Bill Russell true Pivot player, who can read the defense from the back line and make adjustments to put your versatile perimeter swingmen in position.....

Preach, brother!

Allen is at the top of my list. Love Gobert but he's too expensive. Poeltl. Noel.
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Post#39 » by payitforward » Thu Sep 3, 2020 7:33 pm

doclinkin wrote:...it seems to me we might find good deals in players who have skill but have been dinged by injury. Like I dunno, that guy Otto in Chicago. :clown:

(ducks to avoid the crossfire)

LOL! He picks up his option, they waive him, we pick him up & pay the minimum! Sign him next year for a sensible salary! :)
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Post#40 » by TGW » Fri Sep 4, 2020 12:14 am

Noel would be solid.
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