Before I start, please realize that I am neither happy or sad about our lack of activity at the trade deadline. Danny, like most of us, are resolved to accept that there was no one player at center that was going to put us over the top. I trust that there were no trades that alowed us to get more than what we were trading....and that the buyout stage would present equal opportunities that could further assure our cap flexibilty and options next year and beyond. Fine with all that. Therefore I assumed the following things would happen.
1. We would then commit to playing Bradley, Moore, Stiemsma, and JJJ. As part of the process of rebuilding by learning what they can do. This presents little risk in light of our performances vs Sac and Denver, and the bigger issue of how we seem to play down to the level of competition. RESULT.... stiemsma playing more. By simple default, but almost no time for JJJ or Moore. Before any uproar over their "readiness" ( whatever that means these days)... It's more about who is playing in front of them. It is doubtful that Daniels, Dooling, JO, and Pav will be back next year--so why play them over guys that are supposed to be part of the future? Are we ready to say that JJJ and Moore are so hideous that their mere appearance for 15 minutes will cost us a game.... Though often the starters as well as those that I mentioned earlier can stink up a 25 point loss to the hapless kings? I don't buy this for a minute.
2. The playing time for JJJ, Moore and Greg would allow a fresher big three at playoff time AND would give us a great indication of our draft priorities for next year. RESULT... little time for Greg, almost no time for JJJ and Moore. Imagine on draft night, Danny has the choice of two guys (a guard and a PF), so he turns to Doc and asks who our team needs more. Doc says, "Well, I haven.t really seen enough of JJJ and Moore to know, but they both look great on the bench."
3. That we would gradually set ourselves up for the inevitable... That I is unlikely that RA or kG will sign for peanuts, and that PP is OK with moving him if it improves us. Some have posted that we should spend our money resigning what we have, but adding a decent center to our existing core is not going to put us anywhere near the top of either conference. Hopefully Danny will gather young assists to either compliment RR, or be used for future trades ala the big three trade. Either way, we need to get away from the status quo... For no other reason than to let Doc start fresh. Ten years from now, if the big three were coaching with him, I truly think Doc would sub them into the game in street clothes, rather than trust anyone else.
In closing, we have two options IMO. Keep Rondo and start gathering athletes at each position, or trade him and play another bridge year of half court basketball hoping RA and KG resign along with Green and the big man we traded rondo for. It seems that Danny has said he is committed to Rondo, and reports are that RA and KG may be ready to move on. Either way, something has to change significantly... So what IS the plan?
Be respectful and keep it clean. Thanks.