djFan71 wrote:We have 11 guys with guaranteed $ next year. Well, 10, but I'm assuming Hayward is back some way.
3 first rounders.
2 current 2-ways we don't want to lose.
A 12th that can opt-in (Kanter).
Possibly an MLE.
That's up to 18 spots. Then 1 or 2 2nd rounders - which we can just 2-way - so no big deal.
The "don't consolidate approach" is hope Kanter opts out, cut Poirier, 3 picks, sign Waters, Fall. So, it's doable.
I think your top 8 is solid with 2 of Romeo/Rob/Grant. So really, you are looking at upgrading that 9th, 10th spot. Which really is your 7th or 8th guy for most of the season with injuries.
The thing is though, that a lot of these what I call "Kids" show some promise.
And in fact, it takes like 3-4 years to determine if they are going to be good players.
Edwards - Langford - G.Williams - R.Williams
Waters - Fall, and even Poirier.
Poirier made some outside shots and swished a 3pt'er in his last G-League game.
I'd say keep these guys. Plus they're low cost, too.
Wanamaker - Green - Ojeleye, are a different story.
And Hayward, for me, doesn't fit this team going forward.
I don't disagree (except the Hayward part). But, at some point you gotta focus. Next year's team has a real title chance. I don't necessarily want to roll with just a young guy bench again. Not saying any of those trades above is the answer, just throwing out ideas. At some point you gotta give to get. If you consolidate and Edwards goes off for his new team, that's the way it goes. But if pick 15 for us is way better than 25 or 30 - still a win in my book. Or you sign an MLE/vet min to one of the open spots and he is a rotation guy all year, that's a win.
Spots 11-15 are for developing young guys with potential. Not spots 8-15. Maybe you don't do any of my trades, but at least trade picks/Edwards/Poirier for future assets and use the MLE. That's fine too.
This 9 is your core (no order): Hayward, Kemba, Smart, Tatum, Brown, Theis, Langford, G Williams, R Williams
Kanter probably opts in. That's 10.
Our best pick this year and an MLE rounds out 12 man rotation.
Maybe a vet min gets you to 13.
So, you got Edwards, Poirier, Fall, Waters, 2 other firsts and 2 seconds to use to fill 2-3 spots.
Or trade to consolidate, or get future picks, or whatever.