The basic idea, and to which I concur, is to allow the team to rebuild from the ground up.
Where we disagree is whether proven free agents should be purchased at a premium, or whether the team develops middle of the road players into almost super-stars.
The problem with signing high level free agents, is the luxery tax which we've paid the last 5 years, and becomes more and more onerous. Yes, we can afford and sign one high level free agent, but then you need a really good solid cast of characters behind the guy.
I am biased against Carmello types who will want $30 million plus, are ball hogs, and shoot 42%. While exciting, it just doesn't make sense.
The San Antonio way, which involves long slow development, is more long term. They have guys there that would not be starters on other teams, but simply play well under the system.
Which leads me to another point of figuring out what kind of system, and hence what kind of coach you want. Obviously, Popovitch is hands down, the best coach out there, so maybe try to lure one of his assistants. Carmello Anthony wouldn't last one day in San Antonio.
This is a fun thread, by the way. Good analysis by smart basketball fans.
I dont think it is necessary to build everything from the ground up, like OKC did. This is LA and getting FAs to come he is possible.
The thing i like about OKC is that they've managed to collect assets during their building process. They always seem to have a draft pick - this year it's a pick around #20,but still, and they always find guys that fit what they're doing.
This is old news, but if we get a guy like Embid I think we need to bring back Phil next season and let the system in LA be the triangle. Alternatively you could go with Thibs and his defensive scheme, which would be fine too,
Melo took his team to the playoffs his first year in the league with John Barry, and Tskitishvili. I love how people can criticize Melo all the time, but want to build around a perennial loser like Love.
Nobody is building around Bosh. Let's build around Pau if that's the case. At least Pau can make the playoffs.
You seem to forget that Nene, Marcus Camby, Andre Miller and Voshon Leonard were on the team as well and that they barely made the playoffs only because the rest of the west sucked.
But you actually have a point in Love. I could bring a lot of arguments on injuries and reasons why they haven't made the playoffs, but if they dont make it this year, i think you could legitimately start asking questions regarding K-Love.
I still would like to build around him though.