Tenth Pick Tournament Round One: Damian Lillard vs. Trading for a Veteran

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Published: June 7, 2012
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Mason & Jake square off in this Hornets247 Tenth Pick Tournament matchup which pits PG Damian Lillard against the idea of trading the pick for a veteran NBA player.

Damian Lillard


(by Mason Ginsberg)

Why Lillard?

With apologies to the biggest Lillard hater I know (looking at you, Mr. McNamara), the general consensus from every major NBA draft analysis site that I’ve reviewed lists Lillard as the #1 point guard available in this year’s class and places him no lower than 11th overall in mock drafts. See for yourself:

ESPN (Chad Ford) – 1st among PGs, 11th overall in mock draft
Yahoo! Sports (Draft Express) – 1st among PGs, 10th overall in mock draft
Sports Illustrated (Sam Amick) – 1st among PGs, 8th overall in mock draft
CBS Sports (Jeff Goodman) – 1st among PGs, 11th overall in mock draft

Furthermore, let’s take a look at some quotes from Chad Ford’s assessment of Lillard from only 9 days ago:

Lillard put on one of the most impressive workouts I’ve seen in a while. The grueling 1½-hour session had Lillard going full speed for the entire workout… as the sweat poured down his face, he just kept hitting shot after shot after shot.”

There are very few holes in Lillard’s game. He’s got a terrific jump shot with excellent range… he’s consistently measuring out with a 40-inch vertical. On Saturday he was still exploding off the floor for emphatic dunks, even at the end of the workout. Lillard is quick with the ball and has a tight handle.”

“Once they (NBA scouts and GMs) see him in workouts, the few teams that are holding out (on believing he won’t be the first PG taken in the draft) are likely to come into the fold.”

“Above it all, everyone who knows him says that the most impressive thing about Lillard is his work ethic. He is constantly trying to improve his game, and it’s hard to get him out of the gym.”

It was necessary to start things off with that data and evaluation so any biased anti-Lillard sentiments previously expressed by others can appropriately be taken with a grain of salt. Ford accurately explained how good he can be on offense, but just as important is the fact that Lillard’s skill set should help Coach Williams mold him into a very good two-way player on this defensive-minded Hornets team. He is 6’2″ with above average wingspan for his height, and (as Ford noted) he is very athletic and hard-working with very good lateral quickness. If you’re Monty and have those attributes to work with on defense in addition to what he brings to the table on offense, what’s not to love? The guy can play, and there are tons of great basketball minds out there who agree.

Why not Trade for a Veteran?

The reason why the Hornets should opt to draft Lillard instead of trading for a veteran is quite simple and logical. Even with a potential duo of Anthony Davis and a completely healthy Eric Gordon, this Hornets team is still at least a couple of years away from being considered a legitimate title contender; in fact, my opponent even admitted that fact just yesterday (which makes his desire to trade the pick for a veteran a rather peculiar one). Not only do they need to give Davis time to develop from an excellent defender into a top tier all-around player, but they also can’t force round pegs into square holes when looking for the right pieces to surround their two stars (remember Morris Peterson and James Posey?). In fact, just the other day, Mike perfectly explained why trading for a veteran could be a mistake while trying to build a successful franchise via his “rushing the process” point.

Another point worth mentioning is the salary cap implications of trading a draft pick for a veteran. The 10th pick will make an average of about $2 million per season over the next four years, and then would remain under his team’s control as a restricted free agent. By dealing the pick for a current NBA player, not only would the Hornets drastically shorten the time period until the player can become an unrestricted free agent, but they would also be paying that player at least two or three times what they would be paying their draft choice.

Even if the team could somehow find a way to flip the pick for a talented veteran on a reasonable contract, the Hornets run the risk of seeing the prime years of that player pass before the team is truly ready to win a title. The only way that trading the pick for a veteran makes sense is if the Hornets can bring back a player no older than 26 who has already shown an ability to contribute meaningful minutes to a quality team. There, unfortunately, is where the problem lies; teams typically shy away from trading a known commodity in exchange for an unknown one, and therefore the Hornets would likely be unable to get acceptable value in return by dealing that 10th pick for a current NBA player. If my opponent decides to suggest any potential trades, remember to consider them from the other team’s point of view and determine for yourself whether or not they are actually realistic possibilities; for some reason, I have a hunch that they won’t be. Drafting Lillard in that 10th spot is much more sensible, and if he realizes his potential, he could be the final piece of a 3-man Lillard-Gordon-Davis core that looks eerily similar to Oklahoma City’s current Westbrook-Harden-Durant big three.


Trade for a Veteran


(by Jake Madison)

When I wrote the first draft of this piece I wasn’t going to focus on Lillard a whole lot. Instead I was going to sell you on why trading for a veteran player was the best choice without any specific examples. Then I read Mason’s argument and I realized that including potential trades is fun. So lucky you, dear Hornets247 reader, for you will get everything in this post. Let’s start with what Mason said…

Mason doesn’t really talk about Lillard’s game at all. Instead he gives us a bunch of quotes. I’m more interested in specifics of Lillard’s play. I wonder if Mason, or even most of our readers, even watched one Weber State game. Are you really going to vote for a player, who very few people here have watched, based more or less only off of his stats and YouTube?

Please don’t. And let me tell you why.

At first glance, Lillard’s numbers look great. But don’t forget he played against inferior competition in the Big Sky conference. Weber State’s best win all season was against Montana–who had a lowly Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of 77. In the two games Lillard played against big conference, tournament teams (BYU and Cal; hardly dominant teams), he went 9-29 and averaged 14.5 points and only 2.5 assists. That doesn’t scream NBA ready prospect to me.

Three other stats concern me. The first is Lillard averaged only 4 assists per game. That would be fine if he wasn’t a point guard. At Weber State, Lillard was a scorer who often times missed open teammates or simply couldn’t make the pass. There are concerns if he can become a distributor in the NBA. The second is 15.5 field goals attemps per game. That tells me that Lillard is a shoot first point guard. The Hornets will have a core of Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis and I don’t want someone taking shots away from either of those two. Gordon in particular is more effective with the ball in his hands. Lillard is more likely to shoot than pass to the Hornets star shooting guard.

Lastly, and this goes hand in hand with the Eric Gordon point above, is his 3-point shooting percentage. Lillard only shot 40.9% from deep this past season. It’s not terrible but it is far from elite. Gordon is most effective playing with another guard who is a strong 3-point shooter. Think Stephen Curry of the Warriors (hint hint).

Defensively, Lillard has trouble when his opponent takes him off the dribble. In those situations he yielded a bad 1.09ppp according to draftexpress.com. He gives up an even worse 1.19ppp against players coming off screens which causes me to worry about how great of a pick and roll defender he can be.

Now that we got that out of the way, let me explain why trading for a veteran player is the best choice.

One thing I’ve noticed while reading the comments on the site, twitter and talking with fans is the concern about a prospect’s risk factor. Go read the comments in the debate of Perry Jones III and Terrence Jones. People are worried about Jones III’s risk. Well, there is risk associated with every pick other than our main man Anthony Davis. How about the Hornets eliminate that factor all together and trade for an established player? Other than injury, there is almost no risk. The Hornets know exactly what they are getting. It’s risk mitigation.

It’s also the option I think is most likely to happen. Hugh Weber has talked a lot about the team targeting “young veterans,” players 26 and younger who have been in the league for a few seasons. In the trades below, that is exactly the type of player the Hornets get in return. The Hornets want to add to the core of Gordon and Davis; not maybe add to it if the drafted player pans out. The only way to guarantee, barring injury, is to make a trade. And I’ve got some great and realistic options for you.

I’d be nice to say the Hornets will trade the 10th pick for Dwight Howard, LeBron James, or use it in a sign and trade for Deron Williams, but that is just not happening. But below are three trades in reverse order of my preference, however I would be thrilled with any of these.

The Rockets trade Kyle Lowry and the 16th pick for Jarrett Jack and the 10th pick

This move paves the way for the Rockets to resign Goran Dragic and move up in the draft. The Hornets get a point guard in Lowry who posted career high numbers and was playing near an All-Star level before he got hurt. He’s also only 26 years old and has a great eight years worth of experience. Lowry also has a very team-friendly contract for the next two season. The Hornets pick up their point guard of the future and only have to move back 6 picks in the draft where they will still have the chance to pick one of the players in our tournament.

The Bucks trade Brandon Jennings, Larry Sanders and some cap filler for Trevor Ariza and the 10th pick

The Bucks make this trade because they know Jennings won’t resign with them long-term and getting Ariza and the 10th pick is a solid return. A Jennings/Gordon paring gives the Hornets a dynamic scoring backcourt similar to Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli.

Take a look at how similar Jennings is to Parker throughout their first three years.

  PPG APG TO FT%
Jennings 17 5.4 2.4 81
Parker 13 5.1 2.3 71

Jennings is also ahead in 3-pointers made and percentage, steals and rebounds. The only advantage Parker has is field goal percentage. Hornet’s fans have been desperate for scoring and the Jennings/Gordon pairing will certainly bring exciting offense with it.

Jennings has had some maturity issues, but one thing I’ve noticed so far in our 10th pick tournament is that most everyone thinks Monty Williams can help any player mature and develop. There is no reason to think that won’t happen with Jennings.

The Warriors trade Stephen Curry and Andris Biedrins for Trevor Ariza and the 10th pick

This is my favorite and works out very well for both teams. The Warriors have a huge need at small forward which Ariza fills, the unload their worst contract and now have two lottery picks to use or trade.

Curry, 24 years old, is the perfect type of player to pair with Gordon. The Hornets would end up with an elite backcourt to pair with Davis. For this trade, the Hornets would have to amnesty Emeka Okafor which would also free up some cap room. Biedrins salary, while big, isn’t killer so the Hornets can just wait for it to expire while Anthony Davis develops.

By trading for a veteran the Hornets are adding an established player to the core of Davis and Gordon. And I promise you, that whether they add Curry, Jennings, Lowry or someone else, it will be far better than a big three including Lillard.

 

79 comments
Joshua
Joshua

I love the Brandon Jennings trade, joining a slashing point guard with a pure scorer is genius. Mixing that with the amazing depth of our forwards and centers makes me drool.

J
J

One of the stats Jake alluded to is a pretty big mistake. Lillard was .54ppp as a defender in ISO possessions, not 1.09. That 1.09 was when his man took him of the dribble and pulled up for a jumper. That .54 is AMAZING and really backs up his potential as a defender. Now that number maybe more so than his 3 point shot or turnovers may be affected by the less athletic competition. Having said that, Lillard is the PERFECT player to put next to Gordon. Fantastic shooter, good one on one defender, ability to create his own shot. Putting him in the starting lineup with our current rotation gives us 5 plus defenders on the floor, which when coupled with Monty's defensive scheme could make us really nasty. Plus for a team that has been short and unathletic in the past, it gives 3 guys with good length for their positions (Lillard, Ariza/Aminu and Davis). Not sure where the comparisons to Jennings come from. Lillard is bigger, a better shooter and much more efficient with the ball in terms of shots and turnovers.

Hollis21
Hollis21

This one for me is Lillard. I just really don't see a realistic trade that is going to do more than get rid of Okafor or Ariza and I would honestly like to keep Ariza. So, in that regard this is one of the easy matchups for me. I'd accept all three of the proposed trades, but I just don't see the other end accepting it. Lillard was the focus of his opponents. I actually watched 5-6 of his games this year. The fact is, he was the guy and the other team knew that. Yet, he went out and scored, alot. His assists numbers were lower because he didn't have All-Americans on the floor with him and he was asked to score. The guy was doing his job on the court. As someone mentioned, volume scorers will typically just keep scoring. And our former guard Marcus Thorton was an example of that. I don't want to be playing someone who has Lillard coming off the bench lighting it up. While we have a few overpaid free agents and a pick 10 years from now. Damian Lillard has my vote.

ImSorryMonty
ImSorryMonty

I hate to keep repeating this but Jarrett Jack is FAR more valuable on this team than people give him credit for. You need the type of guys that have the heart and the leadership skills this guy has. He is a recruiter. Guys know who he is. He's respected. And he ain't in that LBJ and co. bitch circle either. Mental toughness is bare minimum 25% of the game of basketball and he provides plenty of it.

Ian H
Ian H

Just in my experience watching basketball those 6 foot 4 and under athletic volume scorers, score no matter where they play or the level of competition. They have scored at every level of their life and that doesn't go away. Marcus Thornton did in JUCO, at LSU, and in the NBA on two different teams. It's what they do. Especially if you hit over 40% of your 3pointers with 230 attempts. I don't care if you are playing at the YMCA that is hard to do period. Yes he played at Weber State where he was the "guy" but why don't we penalize guys who score at Kentucky and Baylor. I would imagine its easier to score when I have 4 McDonalds all-Americans on my team. This kid was the focus of teams entire game plan, and it's not like he is some big guy so it would be much easier to take him out a game from a tactical standpoint but for the most part he has handled himself accordingly. I say draft Lillard.

Jae504
Jae504

Don't knock him because he went to a Small School..Maybe he just wasn't on anyones radar..The only thing that bothers me is the numbers against the 2 best teams he played all year..Not paying attention to the Assist that much because I'm pretty sure he was required to score more on that team..Never seen him play and I'm a JJack supporter but I'm hearing too many Positive things about Lillard..But he has to impress Dell

Taquito
Taquito

Do not trade Ariza, hes one of the best wing defenders and can go off for 20points any given night, which is invaluable

champsworld504
champsworld504

Now if Doc Rivers wants to draft his son at #10 and is willing to give up Rondo then I'd jump on that ASAP! Take Okafor too and give us 20 and 21 too.

Brandon
Brandon

I see that the hornets are willing to trade the 10th pick, ariza, and okafor in a package. Soon as I head this I thought of getting: Pau Gasol or Danny Granger or rudy gay and zach randolph (would have to add next years first round) or dorrell wright and david lee the jennings and lowry trades seem alright

Karlos
Karlos

I don't like Lillard. But those trades are sooo awful that I rather take him.

Josh
Josh

I'd take Lillard in a heartbeat. We are still rebuilding. Trading for a vet is the worst thing possible. Stephen Curry is another injury-prone player, Kyle Lowry didn't like McHale as a coach, and Brandon Jennings wants to be in a big market. The only bad things about Lillard are Weber State and how he fits with the Hornets. I think that we would give him a lot of minutes to see how good he is. If he is good but doesn't fit, trade him at the deadline. If Gordon gets hurt again and Lillard becomes a star, keep him. It's not like we can't trade him. Remember, talent is greater than fit. It is up to Monty and company to see how players fit.

LaNative
LaNative

I like Lillard's scoring ability and his upside. We all know that Monty wants a defender with the ability to score. Any pick coming in will need time to develop and IMO there's no better young coach in the NBA than Monty. He will preach and teach defense to Lilliard who has an unbelievable work ethic/eagerness to learn plus he has the natural God-given ability to score which we so desperately need. Plus Monty seems to have a way of getting his point across to anyone who is sincere about being their best in the NBA. The Hornets should take the OKC route - building and developing with Gordon, Davis and Lillard and finding the pieces that complement them.

Eric
Eric

We have seen the importance of perimeter defense in the NBA. With Lillard's work ethic and physical tools, Monty should be able to develop him into a very good defender for his position. Imagine a Lillard, Gordon, and Aminu trio defending the perimeter. There has been the argument that the way to go is with Marshall or Rivers since Davis can negate their weakness on defense. However, we have failed to mention that it is safe to assume that Davis will get in more foul trouble with either Marshall or Rivers on the court simply due to their guy being able to constantly beat them off the dribble. Yes, Davis will help in this respect. However, it is foolish to think that it won't hurt Davis as well. Point is that Davis will likely pick up more fouls with Marshall on the court than Lillard and I assume we all want to keep our super mega star on the court. Am I right? I think we need a shooter to team up with Gordon and Davis and Lillard has shown the best ability among the guys that are expected to be available with the 10th pick of becoming an elite shooter at the next level in my opinion. His foul shooting numbers have always been impressive and he shot 40% from 3 pt range this past season. For the people that think it would be wise to select Marshall instead, then we would have to find a shooter at the small forward spot. However, I think Aminu is crucial to this team's success in the long term which is why it would be beneficial for us to select a point guard that can shoot and score. We are going to have to go up against Durant and the Thunder in the Unibrow era and I think Aminu's length is going to be a critical component in guarding Durant or Lebron for that matter in Miami. Davis could match up against Durant at times as well but Aminu would be the guy getting the majority minutes against Durant. Just something to consider. Carry on folks.

Pat
Pat

How about a sign and trade deal Eric Gordon for Dwayne Wade. The Hornets get a sure fire All-Star and Eric Gordon goes to the Heat because after Miami loses to the Celtics someone in their big three has to go and Wade seems odd man out.

Jordan J.
Jordan J.

I'm PRO Lillard 100%. Here's my defense: -Lillard was one of the best high school players in California but was overlooked because he played for a smaller school (what a coincidence), so he went to a smaller college where he'd have an opportunity to shine and play right away. -Shooting .409% from deep on 230 attempts is pretty amazing. Add in the fact that many of those threes were WAY beyond the college three point line and tell me that his three point shooting isn't at least CLOSE to elite. Curry shot .387.. -His low assists totals can be attributed with two things: He was called upon to be a scorer for his team (which he was 24.5 PPG), and he wasn't exactly playing with HOF teammates (Only two other teammates averaged double digit figures. Scott Bamforth averaged 14 PPG and Kyle Tresnak averaged 10).. -When you're on a team with weaker teammates, teams tend to key in on you. You don't think Lillard was fighting through double teams and immense pressure all year because of his lack of a supporting cast? Even so, he put up 40 points twice and 30+ 5. His game is misunderstood. He can pass, but he HAD to score. Lowry trade is the only one that could go through, but Jennings is an inefficient score first PG (How contradictory to call Lillard a high volume shooter and then suggest Jennings) and Steph Curry's ankles are make out of paper mache (though the trade was ludicrous anyway. #VoteLillard

da ThRONe
da ThRONe

Don't even need to read this debate. I'm taking the player everytime. Trading for other players isn't the way we'll be successful building. I like the players on the list I'm just looking at it from a standpoint of are we likely to keep these players long term. History says no. God I hope we don't rush this needs to be a rebuild not a reload. Our gun is broken not just empty.

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

People are VASTLy underrating the value of the 10th pick in this draft. Not only is the draft deep, but the new CBA makes guys on a rookie deal worth their rate in gold. Would you rather have, let's say Marshall or Lillard, for the next five years at a total of 15 million or Lowry over the next five years at a total of 40+ million (his two years, plus an extension). Same goes for Brandon Jennings. Saying you don't want those guys or any vet in particular, is one thing- but saying that there is NO WAY the other teams would do those trades is incorrect.

Kirk758
Kirk758

So what if e put up those numbers at weber state. Kobe Bryant put up his numbers at a high schoil and he turned out great

Ken
Ken

This is a deep draft so the Hornets should keep the pick. They should follow the OKC model. OKC did not try to rush things. They kept drafting good players and made the trade for a veteran (Perkins) as the final piece. The Hornets should hold off on trading for a veteran until they are ready to contend.

Tim
Tim

Lillard. The trades are dumb. Bring him in and trade somewhere else for a package that MUST include Jack. Imagine if OKC had traded away their draft picks over the past few years for mediocre players on losing teams. Dumb.

Steven
Steven

You have to be kidding me with those trades. The Rockets aren’t taking on an older, less talented PG to move up a half-dozen spots in the draft. The Bucks aren’t giving up Jennings for the 10th pick and Ariza’s sub-par contract. The Warriors wouldn’t even trade Curry for CP3, but now suddently they’ll dump him for an unknown 10th pick? Good luck. Voting Lillard, not because I’m a huge fan, but simply because I don’t see there being a trade that will be worth the Hornets’ while with the focus of building for the future in mind.

LSUhornet17
LSUhornet17

Also, I don't understand listing a 41% 3P% as a weakness. That's just doesn't make any sense. Anything above 40%, esp for a volume shooter, IS elite. Oh, and that dead-eye shooter you mentioned, Steph Curry, shot 38% from 3 his junior year at that perennial NCAA powerhouse, Davidson.

LSUhornet17
LSUhornet17

No way any of those trades happen. Completely unrealistic. We could offer Lance Thomas and the 10th pick for Andrew Bynum, but it's not happening. Also, against the highest seeded NCAA tourney team Lillard played all year, St. Mary's, he dropped 36 points.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

Keep in mind that these are the only two players under consideration. That is the nature of the tournament. If you prefer X elsewhere in the bracket, that player will be dealt with there.

mojart
mojart

wat IF lillard has a russel westbrook ceiling?for me its rivers or lillard for the 10th pick

Ian H
Ian H

I understand why you feel a certain way about JJack, he handles himself like he is a 6 time allstar in the league but his game doesn't come close to matching his swag. He is a C+ player that isn't explosive or big enough to play the 2 and not fast or crafty enough to be a legitimate starting point guard. He doesn't have one A level attribute to his game, at least Vasquez is 6 foot 6 and has much better court vision and willingness to pass. If JJack remained on the team I could handle that buy I wouldn't be sad if he was traded either. Hornets had a much better winning % with him on the bench injured...period.

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

I think some of you misunderstand this "rumor" Essentially, what the misinformed guy from NBA.com was implying is Hornets would give away the tenth pick if someone took Okafor or Ariza. So.... Okafor and #10 for 2021 2nd round pick That is the rumor, NOT a package where we get a ton of value in return. Hornets fans need to understand, Okafor and Ariza have negative value- meaning that if they are a part of any deal, the Hornets will get less back than if they were not in the deal.

David
David

Finally someone makes some sense. I can only imagine what all these guys who are downplaying perimeter defense are going to be saying when marshall gets "Derek Fisher-ed" by the JJ Barea's of the world and Davis has 7 boards when he fouls out because he's been chasing our PG's guy all over the court. Instead of just forfeiting the ideas of perimeter defense and knockdown shooting, why don't we just try to find a better player to do both!

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

I actually agree that there is some good logic here. IMO, Anthony Davis will have two different mini careers in one. The first 4-5 years will be a learning process where he will make the playoffs, but not the Finals. Learn to win, etc. Then, he will hit his prime and be a part of a championship contender year after year. If Davis isn't winning a title over the next four years, give me Wade over Gordon any day. Show Davis what a true champion is, get to the playoffs right away, take the pressure of being the savior off him, etc. I would do Gordon and Okafor for Wade and Joel Anthony, then draft Sullinger at #10 rather than give Gordon a max deal and risk him missing 60 games next year again.

nola hustle
nola hustle

we're building for the long term not the present. look at okc and sanantone model. can you imagine how much pouting dwade would do, he'd break records

nola hustle
nola hustle

i agree that his deep shooting range and accuracy makes him very attractive. can he accept that as his primary role or does he need the ball in his hands? if that is his primary role, shouldn't we be after someone bigger and more defensive oriented (ala mario chalmers) if we mainly want a shooter to pair with gordon (e.g. is he booby gibson?) he seems to me to be very similar to brandon jennings. do we see his ceiling as higher?

nola hustle
nola hustle

true, I think we're looking at 2014-15 season as when we'd like to seriously begin contending.

nola hustle
nola hustle

if your'e looking at it in terms of assets, it is highly debatable that this pick even in this stacked draft is a better asset than brandon jenning making two.5 a year this year and next. not many #10 picks play as well as him. then again that's theoretical as I don't see the bucks making that deal without getting more in return ( i guess that answers my own rhetorical question)

LSUhornet17
LSUhornet17

Even if I thought that was a chance of these trades happening, which I don't, there's not way that these would be the best offers available for these teams. Golden State just traded Ellis to build around Curry and they are going to trade him to get rid of Biedrins' 9 million dollar contract, the 10th pick and the right to pay Ariza 8 million in 2014? I don't see it, even if they decide they're done with Curry. Same goes for Houston. They are going to get rid of Lowry, coming off a career year with a great contract, so they can downgrade at PG and move 6 spots up in the draft? Doesn't make sense. Jennings is the most likely to be traded as he has already publicly said he wants to play in a big market (that's not New Orleans), but I seriously doubt if Milwaukee is shopping offers, they're going to stop on the one where they get to pay Ariza 8 million a year. We are not going to get the best player in a deal AND dump Ariza's terrible contract. It's not happening.

mazonmafia
mazonmafia

Good point! Exactly why I value the 10th pick in the draft and think we should use it for Lillard or whoever the coaches feel should be picked there. We should not trade into handicapping our FA market when we have the potential of a stud young player AND the money to sign a star FA next year. Also, keeping ariza is not the worst thing in the world. His contract isn't awful especially for a 26 year old defender. OKC is the team to beat for the next several years and having a lengthy wing to play D is a must!! Again, he is only on the books for two years.

504ever
504ever

You don't think the Rockets want to move Lowry after what he said about McHale (and Dragic)? Want a veteran PG who will be content as a back-up, to maximize the wins for their somewhat aging roster before they break it up? Want to trade Lowry's $6M/year for two years for Jack's $5.5M/year for one year? Don't all of these aspects of the trade help the Rockets sign Dragic to be their starting PG long term? Now look at the Rocket's committed salaries for 2013-14 here: http://hoopshype.com/salaries/houston.htm. It only $10M for Scola (and whatever they sign Dragic for) if they move Lowry! Plus they have a total of $7M in team options on four players, and $1M qualying offer on a 5th. That's five guys at cheap prices, plus our 10th and their picks at 14 and 16. They would already be a year into rebuilding mode in the summer of 2013, and well below the tax line. They could be (big) players in the 2013 free agent market or take on a bad contract to get another quality young piece in a trade. To me, this trade makes at least as much sense for the Rockets as the Hornets.

nola hustle
nola hustle

i was just typing that same thing posted above, he's head and shoulders above the other lottery picks in 3pt%, only doron lamb (of uk better out of all 1st round prospects) that is by far the attribute that makes him most attractive especially when to me it is all about who would be the best fit playing alongside gordon

HoumaHornet
HoumaHornet

Dang Jake. LSUHornet killing you with the stats.

nola hustle
nola hustle

not sure if he has that ceiling but he may be that type of player. i personally don't enjoy westbrooks game that much at this stage of his career (if he wises up different story) he dominates the ball at times when he shouldn't with questionable shot selection, is that what lillard will do (at least need to dominate the ball)? I don't think we're looking for a player who dribbles a lot and looks primarily to create own shot (jennings same story). Monty seems to be building a roster (thankfully) and implementing a system more similar to spurs featuring more ball movement and less isos. lillard could be a great fit with his outstanding shot if he does not need the ball in his hands all the time because he won't get that. i admit we will have a need for scoring but to me this year will be about establishing a lockdown d identity and work ethic and we'll add more scoring as needed next year.

mazonmafia
mazonmafia

I would take sullinger (rather lillard) and okafer. And I dont know if we could sign both those players for $15mil. Besides the fact, just b/c we have the CAP space doesnt mean that we automatically aquire the FAs. And if we do, that means we are probably over paying for them. Asik cant make a free throw to save his life. Okafer is a much better defender that can move his feet although I like Asiks size and ability to finish at the rim. Illysova is legit but again, i think we would have to over pay to get him. The difference would be we would sign two guys to 8-9million for what, 4 years? That cripples any moves we could make to add a max contract player while okafer is off the books in two years. Besides, we could keep okafer and the pick and STILL have room to sign an asik if you really feel the need. Amnesty is always an option. Amnesty is there so that you dont have to trade a great pick in order to get rid of a bad contract. You just get rid of the contract, save the pick and sign your FA of choice.

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

The logic is that if you dump Okafor and the pick, you spend that 15 million on a free agents (s). So, would you rather have Sullinger and Okafor or Illysova and Asik? That is the question

mazonmafia
mazonmafia

I just dont understand that. Maybe i'm missing something but why oh why would we do that?!? I understand doing that in years past because we were over the cap but next year we will have plenty of cap space!! And the year after is the final year of their contracts. There is no reason to 'dump' these players. Are we shooting for getting the #1 pick again next year? Okafer and ariza arent on 5yr deals. Its two year deals and yes they arent good contracts but they arent awful. So we lose are 10th pick and then have to spend that same 14mil we would pay okafer to sign who? Spencer hawes or Kaman? That doesnt make ANY sense. Why not draft some talent (when have we had better than the 10th pick in recent history?) in a deep draft and wait til 2014 when the hype of expiring contracts will provide much better trade value? We arent winning a championship next yr so no need to dump contracts and over spend this off-season. Thats what a year from right now is for. PLEASE let this be only a rumor!!!

Brandon
Brandon

i see now. It's more of a dumping contracts situation.

nola hustle
nola hustle

and how many games does dwade suit up for? I think we overstate gordon's injury risk and understate his potential in general. many "experts" have him right behind kobe and dwade at the league's best 2's. I don't think you give that up for a guy who doesn't want to be here (yes i know that's often said about ej) unless that is something that both miami and dwade actually want for some reason, then you're talking.

nola hustle
nola hustle

break the record currently held by lamar odom that is

504ever
504ever

As I posted elsewhere, it could be our #10 for Lowry and we trade Jack for someone else's 1st Rounder.

Steven
Steven

I don't think the Rockets are immediately resigned to moving Lowry based on his comments. Either way, you don't deal a 26 year old point guard coming off of an all-star caliber season for a slightly above average point guard who will be 29 by opening night next season just to move up 6 spots in the middle of the first round. If nothing else, the Rockets could get a much better offer for Lowry elsewhere since quality point guards will be hard to come by this offseason, especially one in his mid-20s with a favorable contract.

TrinchMan
TrinchMan

Tony Parker started off as more of a scoring pg and has developed into a better distributor. Lillard has a high bball iq and a good workethic, so he'll be able to improve his decision making. Lillard also is more athletic and a much better jump shooter than Tony Parker was when he came into the league.

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