There is unfortunately a bit of a shortage of Basketball news so I’ve been trawling some other SBnation blogs to see how they feel about this player or that, and I came up with an idea. Roster re-building, but on steroids. Here are two exercises, pick just one or do both, it doesn’t have to be super fleshed out or it could be a masterpiece, just have fun with them.
Exercise 1. Pick a Superstar, any superstar, and you can define what that means, figure out a way to get them on the Jazz, and it can’t just be because the salaries match, do something that at least makes a little bit of sense for both teams. For example:
Obviously this wouldn’t happen, but it makes some sense for the Magic because they don’t have to worry about Howards contract anymore and they dump the Albatross of Gilbert Arenas’ Contract. They also receive a potential franchise player in Favors, A scoring Big in Al, an expiring contract in Memo, and A movable piece in Millsap.
Exercise 2. Pick two players that you want to keep on the Jazz, and build around. Add pieces to those players that makes what you believe is a championship team. (I know most of you will pick Hayward and Favors) Make logical trades that build what you believe could be a championship team in 3 years. You must trade at least 5 players. One of your trades must bring back a former Jazz player. You can make logical jumps about RFA’s. My example will be quite detailed, but here goes.
Resign: Watson for minimum, Fes for 1 mil and 1 yearAK for 6 mil and 2 years. This gives us 4 PG’s?!?! just wait will you?
That would make a Lineup of:
PG: Sessions, Watson, Gibson
SG: Hayward, Burks, Bell
SF: Miles, AK, Evans
PF: Favors, Diaw, AK, Evans
C: Biedrins, Kanter, Favors, Fesenko
I know this team isn’t as good as what we have now, that’s not the point. We probably end up back in the lottery and keep the pick destined for Minnesota, lets say it ends up being 12th? We take A PG like Kabongo, Turner or Rivers. Miles and Diaw expire and a good portion of our Roster is expiring. I still have 1 Jazz player to trade right? Here it is:
Free Agents: Resign Evans, Sign Omer Asik
Lineup for 2012-2013:
PG: Sessions, Kabongo, Burks
SG: Hayward, Burks, Bell
SF: Granger, Evans
PF: Favors, Granger, Asik, Evans
C: Kanter, Asik, Beidrins
The goal then would be to Keep the team pretty much intact for 2013-2014, I think that team has the Potential to win a championship, especially if every player develops accordingly.
You guys have any ideas to post?