Originally Posted by Flamboyant
Fernandez definitely is a great acquisition, but if not for him, Butler definitely should have been kept. I completely disagree with Caron being negative for team chemistry by any means. Of course when you win the title, one assumes things couldn't have been better. But Caron is a smart guy who knows his role, and is OK with taking a step back when others are hot. He is much more important then JJ. As good as JJ was in the last 2 games of Finals, people forget that he was non-existent in the first games. Plus JJ is a huge defensive liability. I respect your opinion, but I don't think JJ should be a priority over Caron. To me keeping Caron should have been priority #2 after keeping Tyson. But maybe getting Rudy has changed it.
I never said Caron wouldn't be willing to adjust his game if others were hot but if he were there then the other role players wouldn't even have the opportunity to get hot because Butler is going to get significant minutes. I think its a bit naive to think Butler wouldn't have disrupted chemistry. Saying he would have disrupted chemistry is not a negative for him. Its just that many of the guys who stepped up wouldn't have had the chance to do so with him there.
JJ was necessary for the Mavs because he was the only guy who could drive and kick. No one else on the Mavs can do this. And when you are stocked up with shooters, this is quite essential in breaking down defenses.
I am not trying to knock Butler because he is a very solid player, I just think given his serious injury and the great play with the core they had without him, that he is not a very important player to bring back. If they can sign him on the cheap, then I am all for it. But dont throw a lot of money at him.
To me, the Macs couldnt have played any better than they did this past post season. They over achieved big time and honestly, I think they played pretty close to perfect. They took down the reigning champs with ease and took down the big 3 in Miami. And they did this without Caron Butler.