Interesting article. I somewhat agree. Two things.
1) It's easy to see in hindsight that the Josh Smith trade signing was bad for Detroit. But, at the time, it seemed excellent to EVERYBODY. We had 3 solid big men, 2 who were uber athletic, and one who was coveted for his passing skills. It just didn't work out. I would have liked to see us try to get some sort of trash for him, but SVG did what he had to do.
2) Drummond HAS to work on his post game. The main complaint about Dwight Howard which STILL HOUNDS HIM TO THIS DAY is that he never developed a go-to move. If Drummond wasn't trying to work on this stuff, we would be calling him lazy and not trying to improve.
Our focus cannot be building around Drummond anymore. He needs to be our third best player, but a middle nightmare. As the article stated, that means playing defense. He needs to learn how to play defense first and foremost. I could care less about anything else. JUST DEFENSE. For as athletic, long, and big as he is, he is horrible on defense.
So...Kyrie, Bradley, Tobias, and Drummond? That combination could possibly get another star and keep Bradley in Detroit. Now, we have that young core that could make some noise. (Tobias may have to go for a trade to Cleveland, though)
In the article about us not getting Kyrie, the author stated that Cleveland would only make trades that allow them to still make the NBA Finals.
I think this trade still gets Cleveland to the Finals. Hell, I think whatever team LeBron is on, as long as he is in the East, he is getting to the Finals. Tobias and LeBron could be a fun combo playing together, as both as long and athletic with decent 3 point shots. Both can switch easily on defense with the 3/4 and sometimes 5 position.
I don't think Cleveland would care much for losing Channing Frye. And they would get a PG who is good.
I don't see Cleveland getting passed GSW without acquiring anyone short of DMC/Anthony Davis/KAT/Kawhi. None of that is happening.
EDIT: Link not working. It is a Reggie Jackson/Tobias Harris trade for Kyrie Irving/Frye. We'd have to throw in some draft picks, of course.
Last edited by ZMonkey11 : 07-22-2017 at 02:00 PM.
[quote]Toronto called dangling Jonas Valanciunas before the deadline, and Sacramento and Phoenix also expressed strong interest in Drummond in June, per sources. There’s enough grease to ultimately move the wheels and find Drummond a new home before the season starts, and he’s almost certainly not finishing out the final four years of his five-year, max contract in Detroit. – via Sports Illustrated/QUOTE]