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Posted 13 December 2011 - 06:51 PM
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 08:03 PM
I'm extra cautious about overpaying though. In the past 6 years I've had enough "good but way overpaid" to last me a lifetime. I'd rather sit on it to be honest. George Hill and Lance Stephenson don't quite combine for Crawford/Afflalo but I think they'd be serviceable enough.
Posted 14 December 2011 - 11:43 AM
Posted 14 December 2011 - 02:40 PM
I have mixed feelings about seeing Portland rebuild. Aldridge showed last year that when the offense runs through him, he's a beast -- unstoppable from 20' in. He averaged something like 25 a game as the focal point -- with ease, and despite Portland's slow pace. So of the three pillars Portland was supposed to build their dynasty around (Oden, Roy, and Aldridge), he is the only one who has exceeded expectations. But as soon as Roy came back last year, he started doing the second banana thing again. For all his talent, he just seems too deferential. And while he hasn't peaked as a player yet at 26, is leadership something you can just develop? I have my doubts. Can't build a team around a guy who's more comfortable being the second option.
But man, for those months Roy was out last year, he WAS good...
Posted 14 December 2011 - 06:40 PM
Similarly, adding Paul to Griffin and Gordon would have given them a great trio. Now? Well, Paul is certainly a step forward, but losing both Gordon (who's just coming into his own) and Kaman (who's always been underrated) is a significant step in the other direction. So, when it comes to a sum total, I'm not sure the Clippers are that much further ahead from what they were. I was hoping they could actually compete with the Lakers, et al, but all I think this did was make them a playoff contender, at best.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:41 AM
Would be great if this results in Gordon in a Pacers jersey in the future. He's a RFA this coming summer and then unrestricted after that.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:07 AM
Probably not. But maybe it's by design? Sell a boatload of tickets and get more than one television deal this year (hey, I know I'll be watching!), then let everybody walk and save a bunch on salaries. Sure sounds like a Clipperesque plot to me...
but in the end I don't think they'll have anything to show for it.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:24 AM
- Pong Messiah and Exodus +1 this
Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:47 AM
Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:55 AM
That'd be nice to see. Clippers have history against them, but it'd be great to see them do well. I like both Griffin and Butler. Griffin, because he seems like a nice kid with a ridiculous ceiling, and Butler because he's one of the few "reformed bad guys" in sports whose walk matches his talk.
Don't forget, though (like I had), that they signed Caron Butler, too. If he's healthy and Billups decides to play, they will certainly be better and deeper than they were. If Griffin presumably develops further, they might actually go somewhere.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 06:23 PM
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 02:53 PM
In Oklahoma, how do you think Westbrook/Durant is going to work out? Is it as bad as the media is making it sound, or are they blowing it out of proportion in order to garner views?
And how 'bout them rookies?