LofJ wrote:There aren't any long-term solutions at the center position available in free agency this summer. We either have to trade for one or be patient and wait until next summer when there will be more/better options.
Also, Rishaun Holmes isn't young, Favors is only two years older than him. The Kings defense was also god awful last year, I'm not sure if Holmes is even that good. If we want a defensive presence Nerlens Noel should be our target.
Agree, our options in free agency are to either completely blow whats left of our wad on Holmes/Allen, which I'm not a fan of, or sign someone roughly similar to Favors for around what Favors currently makes. I think Noel and Theis might be slightly better fits, but they are all similar level and with this Favors deal we'd be getting another potential young asset that fits the LaMelo timeline.
I think our best long term solutions for center is going to come from the draft or from being patient and looking for a better situation to pick up a good center with less opportunity cost. I don't think going in with the mindset that we HAVE to completely solve the center situation immediately is a bad idea
Agreed. Doing anything under duress is a losing proposition.
But we have an existing problem at center that should be addressed in the short term, somehow. If Charlotte can find a long-term solution, well, then, great. But the issue is urgent and will continue to be until Kupchak addresses it.
I've argued that the answer to Charlotte's urgent need for a center is likely not in the draft. Is it possible the Hornets capture lightning in a bottle two drafts in a row? Sure. But it would be foolish to bank on it. The answer is most likely to come from elsewhere, whether it be a short-term fix in free agency (fine with it) or more long-term with an equitable trade.
I personally wish for Kupchak to be proactive in solving this problem as opposed to waiting for fate to smile. I guess this approach would be done under pressure but not duress. The duress part comes when you're losing.