Now That The Deadline Has Passed
what does everyone think of the future of the team? This was an insane trade deadline. The strong teams seemed to have got stronger and the weak teams weaker. It seems like just to be a 4 or 5 seed in the East a team will need 2 stars..... Detroit barely has one with Tay and that's if they resign him. Monroe has potential but where I originally thought one player would help turn things around I'm second guessing that a bit. We really need two players to turn things around. Detroit has a lot of depth and role players. They need stars (and that's plural on purpose). They are going to have to hit a homerun in the lottery this year and either get a big FA or somehow pull of a major trade.
With as strong as the East is on the wing now I think we really do need to lock up Tay. He's always been under rated and is putting up very good numbers this year. To be able to hang with Melo, Lebron, Pierce, etc on a nightly basis we need a strong defender at that position. Hopefully Joe D is being honest when he says Detroit intends on resigning him.
I think Charlie and Daye are too similiar of players. Tall guys who shoot outside. Since Daye is cheaper I say we keep him and try to package Charlie with Rip next year. Rip will have more value when he's an expiring contract. As we saw this year teams are interested, but they are worried about the contract. Next year they won't be as worried about that contract.
Right now my hope with the draft is we can get as high of a pick as possible and we go for the person with the most potential. I don't want to play it safe. We need to try to hit a homerun. I'm not worried about the position they draft, just get me the guy who has the potential to be an all-star every year. I think we'll probably miss out on all the big time FA's for the next couple of years. That means the draft will be how we'll have to do this.... It also means we're going to have a rough couple of years. This rebuilding thing isn't going to be as quick as we thought. We're going to have to take the OKC model and hope to get the next Durant and Westbrook through the draft. We did well by getting Monroe last year. This year we need another good pick and 2012 will be a deep draft potentially so if we suck again next year (highly likely) we should be able to shoot for the moon again in that draft.
The other part of this equation is this team really needs to get sold. They need leadership and new direction. Also a little financial freedom. Karen Davidson is killing us this year.... The business side of this is kind of a pain as a fan.