Our new owners need a good look in the mirror, a "coming to Jesus" so to speak. Do you guys know what I mean?
Here's the deal; typical new owners think they can just walk in the door. Put their own Midas touch on the controls and turn the franchise around. Now, they've done a lot of good things, particularly in the front office and I’ve been impressed with a lot of good things they have done but, we have the same problems we've always had.
WE CAN'T ATTRACT THE TOP TALENT!
The truth is, they just don't want to come here. The reason doesn't matter. I'm sick of reading post about our overpaid contacts. Do we realize that it cost us more than some teams to get free agents to sign here? It's the hard truth but we need to accept reality.
Now, I’ve been saying for years that we need to build through the draft. I've always been a big proponent for tanking. We should figure out who is a long term building block and who is not so that we can trade away the "short term" players for draft picks. At least until we find a Super Star in the draft. Cause let's face it, to compete for a championship, you've got to have at least ONE of the best players in the league. Sure, there has been exceptions to that rule along the way, it’s called an anomaly. Which is a long shot.
So I’d just like to hear a journalist ask Lacob what his philosophy is for building this team. The other option is to just accumulate assets until you find the right trade. Which I think is a great idea once you have that franchise player but we aren’t there yet.
Personally, I’d prefer tanking than spending 15million a year for a guy like chandler that doesn't really fit into to this young core. Either we need to keep the young guys and build with them by adding other young talent to our roster or trade them for guys in their prime; the "win now" philosophy. Why add some guy who's 30yrs old, maybe in his prime but about to start the tail end of his career with a talented group of young guys? Who, by the time they're ready to compete at any significant level, will be dragging an old, overpaid untradeable vet. That formula won’t work.
So here's my take. If we're going to offer a center a big contract let's amnesty Beidrins and throw a huge offer at Marc Gasol who is young, very talented, getting better and is someone you can build around. Chandler is too far down his career to build around. I know he’s no longer an option for us as he’s just signed with the NY Knicks but it was the original pursuit that bothers me. He's a player you add to an equation that already works and is missing that final piece which pushes your team over the edge. See Dallas Mavericks (2011).
Now I know that Memphis will match whatever offer we throw at Gasol, that’s okay. When Memphis matches our offer for Gasol we strike a trade for Rudy Gay. He's young, super talented, has improved every year and someone we could build a future contender with. If you think he's over paid, you’re wrong. What do you think he would get if he was a free agent this year? We would have had to pay him that contact to come here anyway.
So, once they match our offer for Gasol, we offer Monta for Gay. Memphis, desperate to save money, would probably jump at this. Monta makes significantly less money but still replace some of Gay’s scoring and star appeal. Monta's lives in Memphis, so they'll love him there. Plus Memphis upset the #1 seed last year without Gay. And, almost beat OKC (went 7 games).
For us, we get bigger. We trade a guy who's small for his position for a guy who is big for his position; making us a bigger team. Gay's a better player. He’s more well-rounded and efficient. I think he is more marketable and has more potential than Monta. He is a building block.
What do we do at SG? Well. The easiest position to find scoring is at the SCORING GUARD position. So I wouldn’t be worried about that but, I’d prefer if we went after a defensively talented SG to pair with Steph.
Anyways, these are my thoughts. I'm sure not everyone agrees with them. That's fine but what I really want to know is what you think about the front office. What is their plan? Cause from what I can see, it doesn't make any sense.