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Golden State Warriors:

Remaining Team Needs:

1. Team Chemistry and a Consistant Starting Lineup - Despite the Warriors terrible record once again and their lack of any structure, they do seem to have a bright future ahead of them. What they need is for Don Nelson to figure out a rotation and stick to it. They had 47 different starting lineups last season! I'm glad they got rid of Jamal Crawford for expiring contracts, but they have one more player to deal with...Corey Maggette. He does not help them and only takes away shots from other up-and-coming players. The Warriors have enough scoring, what they need is defense, which brings me to their next need...

2. Defense - It's good to know that their best players play defense (Stephen Jackson, Andris Biedrins) but without help out of your younger players, you're not going to be a successful team. They have yet to have that Trevor Ariza-type player, but Kelenna Azubuike could become that player or they could be in position to trade for him, but however it is, they need a defensive stopper. It would also help if they added some muscle in the middle to compliment their thin and lengthy big men.

3. A True Point Guard - They have Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry, both players capable of playing the point, but sadly both players are more suited as combo guards. They need a reliable point guard that can lead the team on offense. They probably can't get him this season, but in the upcoming years, getting a true floor general needs to be one of their top priorities.

 

Upcoming moves:

Trade Corey Maggette, Marco Belinelli, Brandan Wright, and Jermareo Davidson for Nick Collison, Damien Wilkins, Kyle Weaver, and Chucky Atkins.

Cut Speedy Claxton and Chucky Atkins.

Sign SF/PF Cartier Martin, who is averaging 19.7 PPG and 4.3 RPG in the Summer League, to add depth.

Resign PF Rob Kurz.

 

2009-2010 Projected Depth Chart:

C - Andris Biedrins, Nick Collison

PF - Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, Rob Kurz

SF - Stephen Jackson, Damien Wilkins, Cartier Martin

SG - Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Morrow, Kyle Weaver

PG - Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, Acie Law

 

Los Angeles Clippers:

Remaining Team Needs:

1. An Up-tempo System - They have players that are fit for a high-tempo offense, but yet, Mike Dunleavy decides to make this team a half-court team. Baron Davis, Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman, Al Thornton, Eric Gordon, Marcus Camby...all these players can run the run-and-gun offense effectively. Either you fire the coach or he decides to create a new playbook.

2. A Backup Point Guard - Currently, their backups to Baron Davis are either Mike Taylor or Mardy Collins, and both are hgihly unlikely to get any playing time for any other team in the NBA. They need someone that can give Baron Davis some rest and also get the ball to the hands of his teammates. CJ Watson from Golden State would fit that role very nicely.

3. A New Coach - I don't understand why Mike Dunleavy is still around. Oviously they are a playoff team on paper, and he isn't really the type of coach I'd like to coach my team. A coach with previous playoff experience (Avery Johnson?) would be perfect for the job.

 

Upcoming moves:

Sign PG CJ Watson to backup Baron Davis.

Sign SF/PF Nic Caner-Medley, who is averaging 10.8 PPG and 7.5 PRG in Summer League.

Resign SF Steve Novak. 

 

2009-2010 Projected Depth Chart:

C - Chris Kaman, DeAndre Jordan

PF - Blake Griffin, Marcus Camby, Nic Caner-Medley

SF - Al Thornton, Quentin Richardson, Steve Novak

SG - Eric Gordon, Ricky Davis, Mardy Collins

PG - Baron Davis, CJ Watson, Mike Taylor

 

Los Angeles Lakers:

Remaining Team Needs:

1. Resigning Lamar Odom - Without him, it will be very difficult for LA to repeat next season. He is their X-factor that makes their bench great. He is one of the most talented playaers in the whole league and can play about every position. He wants to be back in LA, and LA wants him back, so I'm sure they will come to an agreement soon.

2. Finding Their Futuer PG - I'm not convinced Shannon Brown and/or Jordan Farmar is theri future PG, so maybe getting an upgrade at that position would help. Derek Fisher is getting older and is a free agent after this season, so with that in mind, someone like Steve Blake who can come in and run the offense and hit open 3s would be perfect for them. Also, Blake is 29, so he still has about half-a-dozen solid years left in him.

3. Lower Their Team Salary - At this point, they have one of the highest salaries in the NBA. Luckily, they have some of their role players coming off the books next year, so they can save some money their. Lowerinng the salary doens't mean lowering their win total, it just means they need to find bargain players that can help them instead of giving away huge contracts to Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton, etc. to come off the bench and play minimum minutes.

 

Upcoming Moves:

Trade Jordan Farmar, Adam Morrison, and a 2nd round pick for Steve Blake. This move can only be made if Portland signs a top-notch free agent PG such as Ramon Sessions, Raymond Felton, or Andre Miller, which I am confident they will.

Resign PF Lamar Odom.

 

2009-2010 Projected Depth Chart:

C - Andrew Bynum, DJ Mbenga

PF - Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Josh Powell

SF - Ron Artest, Luke Walton, Sun Yue

SG - Kobe Bryant, Sasha Vujacic, Shannon Brown

PG - Derek Fisher, Steve Blake

 

Phoenix Suns:

Remaining Team Needs:

1. A starting PF and backup PG - There are still some holes in their lineup they need to address, and a PF and backup PG are two of them. Two names that stick out for this team is Andrei Kirilenko and Stephon Marbury. These two players can come in and understand their role and help this team get back to their winning ways. Earl Clark isn't ready to contribute right away, and Goran Dragic is a stretch as a backup PG in the NBA.

2. One Last Push for a Championship - They have the talent to compete in the West, and with one last season of opportunity, this may be their last shot. They can make the playoffs, but what they do after that is anyone's guess.

3. Defense - This has been one of the most exciting teams in recent years, but just being fun to watch isn't anything. I know Steve Kerr thought of this as well and brought in Shaq, but he didn't fit in. A player like Kirileko who can play effectively in the offense AND play defense is exactly what they need. I know Utah wants to save money, and taking back a lesser contract of Jason Richardson and spare parts would make sense.

 

Upcoming Moves:

 Trade Jason Richardson, Louis Amundson, Goran Dragic and Jared Dudley for Andrei Kirilenko and CJ Miles.

Sign PG Stephon Marbury.

 

2009-2010 Projected Depth Chart:

C - Amare Stoudemire, Channing Frye, Robin Lopez

PF - Andrei Kirilenko, Earl Clark

SF - Grant Hill, Sasha Pavlovic, Alando Tucker

SG - Leandro Barbosa, CJ Miles

PG - Steve Nash, Stephon Marbury, Goran Dragic

 

Sacramento Kings:

Remaining Team Needs:

1. Rebuilding - With contracts such as Andres Nocioni and Beno Udrih, you can not effectively rebuild a team. So...the right thing to do is to trade them to a contender for expiring contracts and spare parts. Miami could use both players and Sacramento could get Mark Blount and his $8 million expiring contract. And with another lottery pick next season, they can continue to add onto their already young and talented roster.

2. Understanding - The Kings organization needs to understand that they are one of the worst teams in the league and that they need to know that rebuilding will take AT LEAST a few years to complete. Bringing in a couple of young players with your cap space (David Lee) could be good for them.

3. A Point Guard...yes, Tyreke Evans is not a Point Guard - Passing up on Ricky Rubio was a HUGE mistake. If taken, he would have given Kings fans some to cheer about and would have given them the point guard they are looking for. I see Tyreke Evans as a SG, not a PG. I understand they already have to international PGs, but by trading one of them, it would have been a good pickup.

 

Upcoming Moves:

Trade Andres Nocioni and Beno Udrih for Mark Blount, James Jones, Chris Quin, and a future 1st Round Pick. With this trade, they now have 2 HUGE expiring contracts with Kenny Thomas and Mark Blount which will help them in their rebuilding stage.

Sign PF David Lee and PF Ike Diogu.

 

2009-2010 Projected Depth Chart:

C - Spencer Hawes, Jason Thompson, Mark Blount

PF - David Lee, Ike Diogu, Kenny Thomas

SF - Omri Casspi, James Jones, Donte Greene

SG - Kevin Martin, Francisco Garcia

PG - Tyreke Evans, Sergio Rodriguez, Chris Quinn

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