In the NO Podcast Episode 112: The Streak Ends

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Published: January 13, 2013
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Ryan and Michael tackle the streak, Austin Rivers extremely limited playing time, debate Carmelo Anthony’s impact on the game, Anthony Davis’s energy levels, Vasquez and Gordon (as usual), preview the upcoming Philly and Boston games, and then play would you-wouldn’t you on some trade ideas. Of course one of the trades has Rudy Gay in it, and Michael can burn in hell.

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9 comments
RonJohn
RonJohn

Is it the coach's fault that a player (Austin Rivers) doesn't know his "place"? So, AD doesn't have a consistent motor? That doesn't bode well for us or for him being a star. Wasn't David West injury-prone early in his career?

nicks65
nicks65

Brandon Bass and Rudy Gay... Bring them both in. We need what they bring to the table. #can'ttellmenothing

Michael P
Michael P

I have flip-flopped on trading Gordon for a while, but my question is this: what other guards will be available during the life of his contract? I don't know if there's a championship guard in FA(sans CP3, obv.), so I'm not sure I'm on board with dumping Gordon for nothing.. Cap flex. is obviously important, and maybe someone needs to hit the reset button and unloads someone good, but if not, the cap flex seems unimportant

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

Well, if we are talking in the hypothetical, trading Gordon ASAP probably ensures a top 3-5 pick this year, so that is a place you can get an elite guard. Shabazz can play 2 or 3, Marcus Smart has AS potential as does Archie Goodwin, etc. Tyreke Evans is a guy you could probably get this summer if you dont draft a guard and he has shown he can produce in the past before the Kings overloaded that roster with similar players. OJ Mayo is a FA this year and while he cant be Gordon, he could be a good 4th piece if Davis, Anderson, and whomever you draft this year are your top 3. Bottom line is that moving that salary would give you a ton of options and probably land you a high pick this year. More likely than not, none of those options individually become Gordon, but Ryan and I never thought we could replace the talent. Like I said with the Oden example, wouldn't they in retrospect have taken something back in return and enjoyed his freed up cap space? Again, it all comes back to if you think he is injury prone or a victim of bad circumstances. Always has and always will. We won't know for sure for a couple more years

Michael P
Michael P

It isn't about replacing Gordon's talent level for me, it's about finding a championship caliber guard, which I don't think we have. I believe Vasquez can be a complementary starter on a championship team, given the other players compensate for his weaknesses. If they can't, he's a great backup. I think Rivers is the 3rd guard on a championship team. The draft is usually the best place to find this player if you're a small market, but as you guys have said before, this team's solution is not more young players, and I agree. That said, I do like Smart, McLemore, and Goodwin, as well as Muhammad. I guess that maybe getting that high draft pick would give us a nice trade chip to acquire a great guard off of a team trying to reset. For your next missing piece, how about a walkthrough of guards you like on teams that you believe will have to blow up their rosters within the next few years? You have to believe someone is going to want to suck for the Wiggins/Parker/Harrison class

Michael P
Michael P

kinda contradicted myself there. Meant to say, if there is nothing good available, cap flex. doesn't seem so important. but if someone is going to give up a great guard for space, it could be. because I don't see much in FA, making the easy assumption that LeBron goes somewhere else or stays in Miami

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