I’ve been having some discussions with friends, family, and even writers here at Trade Street Post in terms of the draft picks we have, and the possibility of trading them. I’ve asked questions on Twitter and Facebook to get opinions on what route we should take in terms of the draft. Some names have been floating around in trade rumors. My simple question has been whether you would continue to use draft picks to build the team or would you make trades to make things work out for us. On the one hand, you can get a rookie and develop them into an NBA player, with the hope they can become a star or a superstar. On the other hand…well…take the jump to see more…
As I was saying, on the one hand, we draft talent in a draft where the talent pool is pretty shallow from 1-30. On the other hand, I am thinking that Cho’s philosophy is that you draft for talent, then trade for need. We need scoring bigs in a BIG way. This draft is basically void of said position. There are a few hopefuls, but realistically, they are all gambles bigger than even MJ would want to make. Now, Rich Cho has the keys to the franchise and he knows what the team needs. He has his database of information on every player in the league. He knows what a player can bring to a team. He knows the positives, the negatives, the personality types, the leadership abilities…you get it. With these college kids, you can scout them, you can work them out in pre-draft workouts (unless they are Noel, Bennett, Len, etc), and you can sit and do formal interviews. It’s all a gamble that, so far, the Bobcats have not won on. Flash forward to some new rumors flying about in the NBA. You have a top 5 draft pick from last season that could probably be had for nothing more than a draft pick just because a team wants to shed salary. You have another player that a new GM may not want to put up with anymore. He’s also on a rookie contract and was drafted 5th in his draft class. You guys that have been following the NBA know exactly whom I am talking about. For those of you that don’t, I’ll lay it out for you. DeMarcus Cousins and Thomas Robinson are both, most likely, going to be available for a song. With the right team, both of these players could see themselves in the playoffs next year, and they would be the catalysts that the team desperately needs to get to those playoffs.
My question is a simple one. Would you give up this year’s #4 pick and perhaps a player or players like Sessions, Haywood, or Mullens for DeMarcus Cousins? Coach Clifford worked wonders with Howard, and I think he could do the same for Cousins. We are in desperate need at Center. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Biz, but he’s still learning. Having him come off the bench for a while as part of the second unit would be incredible. With losing Diop this year, we basically have Biz and Haywood as our only 2 centers. Mullens is a 7-foot power forward that is due a qualifying offer, so don’t mention him as a Center. We need a center. Cousins could be 1st team with Biz as the second unit. Haywood is there just in case someone gets hurt. Many are in favor of getting Bennett in this year’s draft, and it is understandable. He is amazing on offense and would be fun to watch, but having to teach a big a post-game…that worries me. We already have a big that likes to shoot from the outside (see Mullens, Byron). We need a post presence. The other concern is defense…or lack thereof. Perhaps it was just his youth, or maybe they don’t teach defense at UNLV, but we need a player hustling down for every play, going for every stop. Defense wins games, and if he doesn’t play defense, I got issues. Alex Len would be another option of a big that I believe will fit quite well in the NBA, but I don’t know that I’d draft him with the #4 pick.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am in favor of keeping Gerald Henderson. I’d think a contract along the lines of a 3-year, $20 mil deal would be fair market value. As shooting guards go, I’m leaning heavily towards Olapido as I see him as the most balanced SG in the draft on both sides of the ball, but I need to see Olapido and McLemore on the court, together, at a pre-draft workout before I could make a final decision there. I’m less concerned with the SG position at this point, so I really don’t have a whole lot to say about drafting at that position.
Here’s how I see it; our current needs are in the frontcourt. There are no solid options to draft in that position. If we could spend 2 picks to get 2 former #5 picks, I’d go for it. MKG and Robinson would be the perfect combo in the paint. It would be like we had the #2 & #5 picks in the draft last year. We would gain a PF that can handle the ball, plays great defense, has a post-up game as well as some shooting range, and best of all, he’s on a rookie contract. Giving up Portland’s pick that we have next year for Cousins would be like shedding a 7-10 pick for a player that was drafted 5th in 2010. Again, we get a top 5 rookie with a track record of putting up great numbers as a C, paired with 2 young back court players. Did I mention the possibility of having Patrick Ewing to keep Cousins straight and to teach Cousins, Biz, Robinson, and even Gillie the Kidd the art of being effective in the paint? I personally see us as on track for a possible playoff run as early as this season. Imagine with me:
PG –Kemba Walker
SG – Gerald Henderson
SF – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF – Thomas Robinson
C – DeMarcus Cousins
PG - Ramon Sessions
SG – Ben Gordon
SF – Jeff Taylor
PF – Josh McRoberts
C – Bismack Biyombo
Just let all of this stew if you can. We would have 5 players on first round player contracts, 1 player on a 2nd round contract, Gerald Henderson on the 3yr/$20mil that I’d offer him, McBob on a 3yr/$7.5 million contract, Ramon Sessions on his $5mil per year deal, and then there is filler. Haywood is on his $2mil per year contract and I still pray we amnesty Tyrus. We would still be in pretty good shape to sign 4 players. I honestly believe that to get Cousins, we’ll have to trade Sessions, or maybe they would take Gordon’s expiring. Maybe they would take Mullens’ contract if we could get him for the QO. I’m sure it will take more than just a #4 pick to get Cousins, but in the big picture, with Detroit’s pick next year, we would be adding the final piece to the puzzle of CLT that makes us contenders, all while having a great budget to go after BIG free agents next off-season.
Maybe I’m rushing things in wanting to give up picks for players, but these are players that fill huge needs of ours. They are players that can change the franchise. Think long and hard on this one, and I’ll gladly field any questions that may arise.
step 1: trade MKG and two top five protected first round picks for Demarcus Cousins
step 2: Amnesty Tyrus
Step 3: Resign Hendo: 3 year/$21 million
Step 4: sign Paul Milsap to a 4 year/$44 million
Step 5: Pick Mclemore or Bennet this year
Step 6: Pick Wiggins or Parker or Smart in 2014 Draft
1. Kemba - Sessions or Pargo or Smart
2. Mclemore - Hendo
4. Paul Millsap - Biyombo
5. Demarcus Cousins
@fosh8bow Derrick Williams + #9 for your #4 is waaaaaaaaaaaay more realistic of a possible deal.
@fosh8bow How protected of picks would you send? I can't imagine the Kings ever doing that deal since the new ownership said they won't trade Cousins. And there is definitely NO WAY the Kings do it without getting that #4 overall pick this year...
First off, there is absolutely NO WAY you guys are getting Cousins for that. Kings management just came out saying that Cousins isn't on the trade block anyways.
HOWEVA..... one deal that is very likely (possibly?) available, is with the TWolves. Would you guys take Derrick Williams + Luke Ridnour or JJ Barea (or someone else with a small contract) + #9 overall pick for your #4 overall pick and Gerald Henderson or Bitchsmack Biyombo?
As a Wolves fan, I totally 100% would do that deal. I also though truly think it's very fair for both teams. We are helping each other out here...
@andrewlail76 Arent both Hendo and Mullens Free Agents? I was thinking D Will and 9 (and perhaps our #26) for Biyumbo and 4. Or some combo there. I realize that isnt really a great trade proposal for you guy though.
Both are due qualifying offers. We could let both walk if we wanted to, but if Hendo is coming into his own, why take steps back by letting him walk and having to draft another shooting guard that we would have to get up to speed. In regards to Biyombo, he was brought in as a long term project. He has literally only played basketball for 4 years where most kids have played their whole life. I don't want to give up on Biz yet. Mullens is due about $3.3 million on his QO. We could sign him for that last year, then trade him to you. Biggest thing with the Bobcats is that they are going about their rebuild the right way. There have been speed bumps, but they finally have shed all of their bad contracts except for Tyrus (who can be amnestied) and Gordon. We have hit rock botton and we have added youth. In the draft, if we simply draft the absolute best player available, and then a team makes an offer of apick and a player in a position we are in need of, then we do it. We lack depth almost across the board, but center and power forward are our thinnest areas. Would I gamble on Williams? I'd probably rather just gamble on Bennett or Len.
Draft for best player available, trade for need.