Most people, I think, recognize that if kG returns, it marks a committment by Ainge to go for another title. I, like others, feel that he is a necessary piece to pursue that goal. But for Kg to drive our moves by his own goal of winning a ring, he has to allow Danny to get the best available players. KG, having already made many millions, must not demand more than 6 million a season. While I know that figure is low, and does not represent his value, I feel that it certainly not an insult (as some have implied)because HE is driving our moves based on his "asking price" for returning (the chance for a ring). KG also has expressed his displeasure with playing center. So again, should we cater to this desire as well? Is it in the best interest of the team? In my opinion, our defense was the staple of our success, and if we had any flaws, it was on the offensive end. So, we could sign a center who is a bigger defensive presence... adding more to an already successful defense. We could not really sign a top tier center for 7-9 million, so in essence we get bigger. While this may help defensive rebounding, our "get back" philosophy negates any offensive rebounding advantage we might have. Other than the alley oop potential, our half court offense could get worse in this scenario.
The other choice would be to make our offense more of a consistent threat, especially in transition. To do this we would need kG to take the above pay cut, and sign a guy like Illyasova or Speights, or trade for Smith. With the addition of Green (and the possible signing of another shooter (cheap,or dooling/Moore)the offense would have multiple options both in the half court and transition. The real key is getting the pF and C players that can run and finish...and let PP trail more for three point opportunities. Our second unit, in this option, might be loaded with younger, cheaper, and less experienced options... but that might be the balance we have to make to ensure the cupboard isnt bare when KG/PP leave. Nicholsen and White or Barton might be good choices to learn in the first year. Moore, JJJ and GS would need to step up. This option may potentially weaken our defense.
I believe that kG's move to center was a key component of our success last year. Should we simply add marginal talent at center, or better talent at PF? I choose option 2, for what its worth. It makes less sense to take a step back at the center position, instead of using the advantage with kG at center and adding a better PF. Without blowing it up, this would seem our best option if (again) some money could be saved by KG (and the release of others if needed).
Is there another option? Could we afford option 2? Does kG give us an ultimatum to go for option 1... and if he did, what would we do?
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