Ok guys im sure everyone here has their own way to turnaround the ailing grizzlies.
Here is one of my thoughts on the situation.
1) Trade conley and Warrik to a team with a chance at a top 6 pick. One of these team could be the kings, warriors, t'wolves, thunder, or wizards. You also take back a contract from the oposing team. You could maybe tray and get a young talent but we would have to throw in the first round pick from the lakers in the 2010 draft.
2) In the draft you take stephen curry and greg monroe.
3) You use your cap space to sign either paul milsap or david lee as your starting power forward. Then use the rest to sign a good outside threat like kyle korver.
4) You then fire Ivaroni and hire either Eddie Jordan or Maurice Cheeks.
Our lineup would like this.
This team would be explosive and could get to the playoffs. What do you guys think?
Well, I don't see much happening this season in terms of coaching issues or trades happening. I think if any trade would go down, it wouldn't be too big and would only involve swapping Conley and possibly someone else, possibly Arthur, with another team to try and get us a servicable guard and a nice bench player along with pick(s) to balance the trade. I also don't see Iavaroni losing his job anytime soon, for some reason Heisley seems to think Iavaroni isn't that bad and said nothing will happen until January to reassess the team, it's now January and I don't see anything happening.
Here's what I think we should do......
Give Iavaroni the rest of the season to see what he can do in the remaing 44 games, maybe he can get 15-18 wins out of it. Most of us knew that this season was a write off and that we wouldn't be going anywhere, this season was just for experience and I think most of us knew that. I thought we'd finish around the 10th spot and we were at 10th for most of the season, so far, and we've recently dropped to 11th, with only .5 or 1 game behind Minny. I expect us to finish in 10th or 11th, the top 9 teams are just too strong and the weaker teams are just too weak for us to fall that low.
At the end of season see what Iavaroni was able to do and go from there. Personally, I would first look who's out there for us to sign and if there is, we should look at what they can bring to the team. I want thoughness, defense, hard work and guys who will put their body on the line for the ball. I don't want a coach who will come in and will cause a stir, I want a guy who can bring us some wins and not bring us a f*cked up team.
In the draft, we look for a big man, first and foremost. Griffin, a PF, should be number 1 on our list, but in reality with the Grizz's luck, he's out of the question. So our top guy should be Monroe, another PF, good size, good strength, great passer and has a nice shot from outside, should work very well with a guy like Mayo. Again, with the Grizz's luck, we probably won't come close to getting a guy like Monroe.
Other guys we should look into.....
Earl Clark, another PF and could also play some SF behind Gay. He's only 6'9 though so that might cause some problems against the bigger PF's. Another player we should look into, if our pick isn't too high, is DeJuan Blair, another PF, this guy is really impressing me and his stock just keeps rising. He would bring fantastic rebounding (an excellent offensive rebounder), which we desperately need and would a player who brings strength and toughness and would be a great addition to play along side Gasol and Darko. Thabeet is another guy we should look into, but to me, he is not someone who should be high on at the moment and should not be one of our first choices. Guys like Harden, Curry, Jennings and DeRozan don't fit this team's needs and wouldn't be a smart move, unless they, far and away the best player left on the board.
With the cap space, we try and get a shooter. Someone who can play both the SG and SF, kind of like Ross, but can shoot. Buckner and Jaric are pretty much useless, as far as I am concerned. They don't do much apart from teach the younger guys and grab the spare minutes that are floating around.
So, here's my ideal roster for next season, if everything goes well.....
PG - Whoever we get in the Conley trade, possibly Sessions?
SG - Mayo
C - Gasol
PF - Monroe (Things would have to go really well in the draft. I doubt it though.)
SF - Gay
PG - Lowry
SG - Ross
C - Darko
PF - Hak
SF - Shooter who we sign
If things don't go so well, which I expect them to, like they always do with the Grizzlies, then I think our roster might look a bit like.....
PG - Lowry
SG - Mayo
C - Gasol
PF - Blair
SF - Gay
PG - Whoever we get in the Conley trade, if it's a bad trade.
SG - Ross
C - Darko
PF - Arthur (Hak gets traded in the Conley deal)
SF - Shooter who we get from the FA.
You guys are not looking at all the facts. Curry since his move to the point guard position this season has been an even better player than in past seasons. Curry is avg 29.ppg 7 apg 3 spg. He is shooting 46.% overall and about 40% overall. He is a great passer and has amazing court vision. Im telling you this guy is a game changer and the kind of point guard we need. He can spread the floor with his shooting and he can make the right pass.
I would obviously rather get blake or rubio is possible. But that wont happen. I like monroe as well. Thats why im saying we need to get another lottery pick so we can have a chance at getting one of the talented big men and Curry. Our two problems is post play and point guard play.
We need a point guard who can score and be a playmaker. Curry would not be a good choice though. He's a volume shooter and needs a certain amount of shots to get himself going. He want be able to take 20 shots a night on this team. I'd prefer we go after a point guard like Tywon Lawson or Patrick Mills. If we can somehow get a point guard via a trade instead then we should go after a pure scorer like maybe Jodie Meeks to come off the bench. I really don't think we need another big unless we trade one off. Arthur just needs time.
We also need a shooter so hopefully we can somehow get Luther Head or JJ Redick. If not, then we should just draft a shooter in the second round like Mcalarney.