- 06/18/2012, 11:34AM ET
Aminkoff31 said 06/18, 11:34 AM
I am going to be bold so brace yourself.
Step1: Resign Derek Fisher. He is a great mentor and veteran leader to a very young team.
Step 2: Here is the bold part, Trade James Harden to the Portland Trail Blazers for the sixth overall pick and a guy like Jamal Crawford.
Step 3: WIth the 6th overall pick, draft the best Point guard available, either Damien Lillard or Kendall Marshall.
Step 4: Transition Russell Westbrook into a shooting guard. He is an excellent talent and a great shooter but he is not a pure point guard. A guy like Marshall or a guy like Lillard can help distribute the ball between him and KD.
Step 5: Do not resign either Nate Robinson or Nazr Muhhamed, that frees up about 7-8 million under the cap.
Step 6: Use that money to sign Brandon Bass.
There lineup would look like so:
1-Kendall Marshall/Damien Lillard
4-Brandon Bass/Serge Ibaka/Kendrick Perkins
5-Serge Ibaka/Kendrick Perkins/Brandon Bass
And then coming off the bench you have, the 3rd big man, Derek Fisher, Jamal Crawford, and Nick Collinson.
This tea can be scary good.
DJRoxalot said 06/18, 01:08 PM
Just a few things:
Derek Fisher isn't coming back. Not with a healthy Eric Maynor returning next season. The only reason the Thunder signed Fisher was because Maynor was hurt.
Lilliard wouldn't make much sense anyway since he is a scoring PG and he and Westbrook both need the ball.
Nate Robinson plays for Golden State. So, they still wouldn't be able to afford Bass. Not to mention, they don't need Bass with Collison on the bench. He is a serviceable player on the 2nd unit.
Ibaka and Harden are both restricted free agents after the 2013 season and they can't afford to re-sign both of them.
Here's what I would do:
This is a team that has Harden who is 22.
Ibaka is 22.
Durant is 23.
Westbrook is 23.
Kendrick Perkins is 27.
Sefolosha is the old man at 28.
This is their first time in the NBA finals together as a team.
I realize that Ibaka and Harden are restricted FA's next summer, but they will have options then and I will address those later.
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