Originally Posted by brwnman
Dealing Gay and Derozan makes sense. It opens up playing time for Ross, and it makes sure that Val will be getting the ball. I'm not sure if you'd get a first rounder for Lowry, and I don't think you're getting one for Amir either.
Derozan and Gay have good value around the league. Derozan's contract doesn't look as bad when compared to the deals signed this offseason. There will be a GM or two that would be desperate enough to part with their picks in the upcoming draft.
I wouldn't mind going into the season with Lowry still on the team. With a team that is going to struggle to score, Lowry will have the green light. You hope he puts up those insane numbers that he did for Houston couple of years ago to start the season. Then you look for a deal mid-season and package him with Amir if need be. Right now, I don't think they have enough stand alone value. I don't think there should be any urgent need to trade Amir, he does enough positive for the team, doesn't make too much, doesn't have enough value by himself and won't hurt the tank...
I'm ok with keeping Amir but obviously if you get a first round pick and an expirer for him you take it. Whether it be for the 2014 draft or later, doesn't matter. But you're right he doesn't make a lot, he has great character and plays hard, and he's a good teammate and good in the community. So I'm indifferent if he gets traded or not.
But I think their needs to be some urgency in trading Lowry over Gay and DeRozan since he will be a UFA after this season and we already gave up a first rounder to get him. If we don't receive another one back it will be a huge failure of a trade. I also think Lowry is a good enough player that still has some potential to command a 1st rounder in return. He is arguably one of the most versatile and all-around PGs in the league in terms of play making and rebounding as well as a decent inside-outside game.
Time will tell, but I really hope we can get some good assets in return for Lowry.. because I don't think he will resign here unless we give him a stupid 5-6 year $50-$60 million dollar contract.