And new coach obviously. Gasol got a triple double yesterday, and is an expiring. He CAN get us pieces.
I think if we come back with the same team (and coach) next season, we are forfeiting the title once again. I'm not saying that making these changes will win us a championship...But I'm saying that we will be competitive.
1. Fast PG - I just can't stress it enough...You need someone fast and relatively young here. In today's day and age, if you're a perimeter player coming off of a screen, you're not really allowed to be touched without a foul being called. You want someone who can beat guys off the dribble, and who can get to the paint off of screens. That's why I'm pissed we missed out on Sessions - He was really good at that. Anyway, the league is full of really good, young PG's. Their value might be a little diminished right now, so maybe you can find someone. Even someone like Felton...Not a spectacular guard, but gets to the rim seemingly at will these days, can hit a jumper, facilitate, etc.
2. Athletic SF - I would probably laugh if Mitch was able to pull off an Artest trade at this point. It would be greater than the Pau for Kwame trade, to be honest. If you can't trade him, use the amnesty, and let someone else bid on him and help off-set his costs by a few million dollars. You just flat-out need a more athletic and better offensive-minded SF. What Artest gives you defensively, which is kind of overrated these days, he offsets easily offensively, because his bad shots/turnovers on that end lead to easy scores by the other team. By getting someone more controlled and offensively skilled, you are improving your defense just by not giving the damn ball away for a layup. I actually wouldn't mind Clark taking that role, and getting someone at that position to come off the bench behind him.
3. Last is Sixth Man - He needs to be able to come off the bench and get his own shot (Bench would be improved by miles, and the low block would be opened up tons for Dwight and Kobe). Here is where you'll have to be more creative. The Clippers got Jamal Crawford when his value was low, but they probably saw that the guy just had a bad year in Portland with injuries and in a bad system. Considering he was a perpetual 6th man of the year candidate in Atlanta, all he had to do was regress back to the mean...and there you go. They got their steal. Just gonna have to be creative here, and look for quality players who maybe just aren't doing as well this year for whatever reason. While not a "sexy" pick, even someone like Lou Williams in Atlanta would be adequate for us. He's been a strong 6th man of the year candidate in recent years, and doesn't have a lot of hype. Mo Williams would actually be really good coming off the bench for us (free agent); Maybe you even take a risk on Randy Foye (another free agent). The fact is that no matter who you get, you're going to have to assume some risks
Edited by leor_77, April 27, 2013 - 10:33 AM.