Some of you want to tank the season and get a good draft pick. Some want desperately to get rid of one of our bigs so Favors and Kantor get more minutes. Some want to force our idiot coach to play the young players. Some of you want the young guys, that are our future, to get more playing time together. Some of you want a young point guard to grow with our young core. Some of you want to take a chance to go for the championship, instead of always being satisfied with making the playoffs. The question is are you ready to give a very good deal to another team to accomplish these things?????? My trade and plan I believe accomplishes all the above.
Here is my trade and my plan. Paul Millsap is a free agent and is as good as gone after the season, so I am not counting this as a big lose. Mo Williams is injured, a free agent and we would hate to lose him, but he is not the long term answer at point guard anyway. Now the one I really hate to lose is Gordon Hayward, but you have to give something good to get a starting point guard with NBA experience. Before you look at the trade, let me give you the whole picture of where I am going with this. We tank, for those that can’t stand that, or let the young ones play their hearts out trying to win getting much needed experience = tanking. We end up with a poor enough record to get the best small forward/power forward coming out of college Alex Polythress 6 ft. 8 in. 239 lbs. from Kentucky, with our pick (projected around pick 7). With the Golden State pick, we get Trey Burke the point guard from Michigan.
Our line up next year would be:
PG – Branden Knight (Kentucky drafted 1st round), Trey Burke (drafted 1st round and he may end up being better than Branden), Alec Burks
SG – Alec Burks (drafted first round), Kevin Murphy
SF – Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky first round pick), Alex Polythress (Kentucky will be drafted 1st round), Marvin Williams has a player option and he may stay (drafted 1st round), resign free agent DeMarree Carroll?
PF – Enes Kanter (Kentucky drafted first round), Derrick Favors, Alex Polythress, Jeremy Evans
Center –Derrick Favors (drafted 1st round), Enes Kanter, Ante Tomic or some defensive free agent?
We can use our 2ndround pick to fill in our roster as needed.
Corey Maggette becomes a free agent and we let him walk after the season. He is not currently starting, so Detroit has no problem losing him. Tayshaun Prince has 2 more years on his contract, which will allow for Alex Polythress to gain experience. Hope our idiot coach will play him over the veteran as soon as he is ready. This forces Corbin to play the young core more this year, and sets us up to be a power house team in the future. We let Big Al walk and use his salary to lock in all our young talent. We will have a team full of good ball handlers and shooters, so we have no need for the black hole.
Change in Team Outlook for Detroit: +9.5 ppg, +2.8 rpg, and +3.4 apg (Hey we're tanking live with it).
Outgoing Players Paul Millsap
27 year old , 6-8, 253 lb. F-C from Louisiana Tech
14.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.6 apg in 30.1 minutes
30 year old , 6-1, 195 lb. G from Alabama
12.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 6.7 apg in 31.4 minutes
22 year old , 6-8, 210 lb. F from Butler
13.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apg in 26.5 minutes
Incoming Players Corey Maggette
33 year old , 6-6, 225 lb. F from Duke
5.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.1 apg in 14.3 minutes in 2012-2013
32 year old , 6-9, 215 lb. F from Kentucky
12.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.3 apg in 32.4 minutes in 2012-2013
21 year old , 6-3, 189 lb. G from Kentucky
13.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.6 apg in 32.3 minutes in 2012-2013
Ok let me know your thoughts. I would love to have the above team going forward myself, and with all the Kentucky players on our roster I think I know one poster that will approve maybe. Even if Brandon Knight currently does not have great stats he is young, plays on a poor team and will improve. At least we would have a 3 pt. threat at the point guard (.401 percent this season and .380 his rookie season). No longer will the Jazz be the team that settles for just trying to make the playoffs. Now this research took me over a half day, so if you like it give me some rep. darn it.