Thank you SOOO much for the shout out Mike. VERY, VERY, VERY much appreciated. And so all of you know, Mike had a lot of ideas that helped direct me with my article. Without his help, it would have taken another month to finish. =) As for YOUR article.... I feel more convinced we will make a "different" kind of move than what any of us are hoping for. I have already pointed out Jason Maxiell as a potential. We could literally trade Marcus Banks for Maxiell straight up. Another guy I am really singling out is Vladimir Radmanovic. He's 6'10. Is a very good shooter. Can play the 3-4. His contract is in the 6 million range, and he's in the last year of it. I just don't see us making any "sexy" moves with our situation. We're probably gonna go for a guy who makes 3-7 million, and has less than 3 years left on his contract. Unless Jamison, Hamilton, or Murphy get bought out, I just don't see us going for one of them at this point because they DON'T put us over the top. Instead, look for a move to be done on a smaller scale, and once we have new ownership, hopefully before this summer, we REALLY start swinging for the fences.
Ziko, Love the Maxiel Angle, mainly because its based in reality. He's about as good as the Hornets can afford at this point. I don't see a deal for Radmanivic happening, because he just doesn't seem to fit the mold of this team that Demps and Williams have constructed. You have to be willing/able to play defense, and for a 6'10 guy, Vlad is a terrible rebounder. (and I mean TERRIBLE) I do agree on the buyouts though. Not only will these players not put the Hornets over the top, if guys like Rip, Jamison, or Murphy are bought out, they will be snatched up by contending teams that just want to add some depth. Sadly, we are not one of them. The Celtics, Mavs, Bulls and Lakers of the world will get first (and last in most cases) crack at these guys. Why didin't Peja come back to the Hornets? Simple; he didn't think this team had a legit shot at a ring. These other potential buyouts think the same thing.
Agree on the potential signee's. As for Vlad Rad. He's not a great rebounder, but he's a pretty good defender. Especially when it comes to team defense. He got praised left and right by Phil Jackson when he was with the Lakers. Most fans were shocked when we saw Radmanovic matched up with guys like Melo, Lebron, and Pierce, but he really did well defensively. Which is why I think he could fit well in Monty's system, and possibly a better fit than Troy Murphy, who is also 6'10, (but plays the 4 and 5), and who is more a rebounder, and a very poor defender. Radmanovic gives us that back up 3 man. And when we want to go "small", can jump in at the 4 with DWest at the 5, and Ariza at the 3 still. Here's some comments from an article regarding him. His coach has called him "Space Cadet" and "My Favorite Martian" -- with affection, of course. Lakers forward Vladimir Radmanovic has taken all the name-calling from Phil Jackson in stride, knowing that it never stopped Jackson from starting him last season. Radmanovic won't start this season, but it's not because the name calling ceased during the first few days of the Lakers' training camp. "He's given me a little break," Radmanovic said today, smiling. "It's doesn't mean he won't bring it back. But I don't really mind it. I'd like to say that as long as Coach is talking about you, it's a good thing. Once everybody stops talking about you, that means you're in trouble. 'Space Cadet,' I don't like it, but it's good." Last season, when Andrew Bynum went down with a left knee injury, Radmanovic moved into the starting lineup, starting 41 regular-season games and 21 playoff contests. But Bynum is back healthy and will start at center. Pau Gasol will move back to power forward and Lamar Odom will go to small forward, or it could be Kobe Bryant in that spot if Jackson's experiment of Odom playing point guard works out. "I've been in a position where I started, I've been in position where I haven't started," said Radmanovic, who is entering his eighth NBA season and has three years and $19.4 million left on his Lakers contract. "I'm not going to say I don't care about not starting. But at the same time, I want this team to be as good as it can." But there's a chance the 6-foot-10 Radmanovic could see his playing time significantly limited. The Lakers staff likes Trevor Ariza's athleticism and Jackson has even suggested starting him at small forward. So it seems as if Ariza will be the first small forward off the bench. Then there is Luke Walton, recovering from right ankle surgery, who also is looking for playing time at small forward. So the Lakers have five players who can play that position. "There are going to be some guys who aren't happy," Radmanovic said. "Hopefully it's not going to be me." Radmanovic is known for his outside shooting -- he made 43.7% of his field goals and 40.6% of his three-pointers last season. But Jackson lauded Radmanovic's defense. "Defensively, there are a lot of positive things he can do," Jackson said today. "He's got anticipation [to get] steals, he's got quickness to double team and trap." ------