As I say, I obviously appreciate Olynyk and his contributions to our five out style of play more than most. He’s not trade fodder for me as his familiarity with the system and his ability to playmake and dish are elite for a big. Collins at about an assist a game should not be viewed as a replacement for Olynyk but would be an upgrade offensively to Vando who would then come off the bench for us to do what he does.Interesting discussion here with both parties making valid points IMO. I’m probably higher on KO than either of you guys and am not interested in a trade for Collins that includes Olynyk. I think his playmaking, shooting and sensibilities are key to our 5 out schemes, and in that respect he’s not easily replaced.
We proved last night that we can finish without Conley on the floor. An immediate point guard fill-in or replacement may not be quite as urgent as presumed due to our non ball dominant approach. Personally, I would only consider a Collins trade that contained either Conley or Sexton. (We’d have to wait till the 15th to trade Sexton.)
Short of that possible trade scenario, the trade that really blows my hair back is either one of those pieces and change for Jonathan Isaac and RJ Hampton. Conley and Juzang does the trick or Sexton and Gay or maybe Agbaji. Isaac is more team oriented than Collins and I believe better on the defensive end and less demanding in terms of minutes or role. Hampton is an Uber athletic point guard with career averages in 3pt% and FT% this season on a roster with a surfeit of capable point guards.
Also the following two weeks should give us some indication of just how indispensable Conley is: how well we compete without him; whether he should be considered now as trade bait; and whether he could be replaced more affordably by a younger player such as RJ Hampton for example (see above).