Posted this in the main forum, but what do you guys think here?
"He has to be looking to move Monroe for a PG that can push the ball up court and fast. Namely Rondo.
If Pistons call pull off a trade for Rondo, you think this could be a likely starting lineup?
PG - Rondo
SG - Knight
PF - Josh Smith
C - Drummond
Obvious deficiency in SG defense. Caldwell-Pope would be undersized at the SF on defense, but he is a good defender and will still pester some of the bigger SF in the league. And if the driver beats the perimeter D, two erasers on the inside to swat away shots.
On offense, Lob City v2.0. Throw it up and see how far it can go. Not working on the interior and you have 2 great perimeter shooters to hit the 3s. Knight will still have some ability to put the ball on the floor and make a bucket/play with penetration as well.
I don't see it as tooooooo bad if they get Rondo. If they don't, I'll be really really sad."
I think Josh Smith will be the SF. I don't think trading Monroe for Rondo is a smart move. Mainly because I don't think a lineup with Rondo, Knight, and KCP has enough size to win ball games. Right now the offense is clearly going to be an issue. Our defense should be amazing. I think the team will really be able to get down the court quick and we could get buckets in transition though. I'd also love to go after Chauncey and have him finish his career here.
There really aren't any big names left in free agency now. They wouldn't have the cap space to just sign someone major. I think they'll end up filling out the roster with some more affordable pieces. They may be looking at a few trades too.
I don't think we have to move one of our bigs. I'm cool if we do, but I like the idea of Smith guarding guys like George,Lebron,Melo,Durant etc.
Like I said in the other thread, the spacing may not be pretty, but we should play solid defense every night and typically outrebound teams and outscore them in the paint. That's not a bad recipe for success.
Right now this team really feels kind of like the Pacers. We have a very long, young, athletic team. So speaking of identity it looks like Joe D is putting this team together knowing that we have the Pacers and Bulls in our division and they're going to be good for years. It takes size to beat those teams. I actually like Monroe & Drummond more than Noah & Boozer and West & Hibbert. I think Paul George is the best SF, but having Smith to play against him & Deng really helps. I actually like our situation at SG better than those other teams too. Stuckey & KCP are better. PG is where we really need Knight to step up. Of course the Pacers almost made it to the finals with George Hill.... Anyway I think we'll struggle to score like they did at times but defensively we do match up with everyone.
I agree, I like it to go against those bigger teams. It also gives the option to match up against teams that want to go smaller and more athletic by moving Smith to the 4 with either Drummond or Monroe at the 5.
It will be interesting to see how Joe D finishes out the offseson. How he fills out the roster will be key.
My thought on Jennings is he's never had other options with him in Milwaukee besides this past season with Ellis. His biggest critique is he's not an efficient scorer. But other teams have been able to completely focus on him which makes things far more difficult. I think with other options he would be a willing passer. He would also be more of a selective shooter. His percentages would go up and the game would be easier for him.