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ROSTER TALK: Trade/FA Ideas (Mar 25 TDL) + Salary Chart
(6 hours ago)HanspardsShowerVoice Wrote: I never understood why the Hawks didn't want to just give him the max and make him a cornerstone of their franchise with Trae and build on that, but they seem very reluctant to do so.    I get that he's a bit of a tweener on defense ... too slow to guard stretch bigs on the perimeter and doesn't provide enough rim  protection to plant under the rim.   Also maybe his offense is little anitiquated and built around mid range 2, though he's very efficient at making them maybe they don't want to make it a feature  of their offense.   It's very strange.   Maybe they just don't view him as a max player.
To my untrained eye it does seem a little confusing.  He did shoot 40% from 3 last year on 3.5 attempts.  I did see some articles from Atlanta writers and they seem to think he will be gone...much to their dismay.  They also don't seem to think they can keep him at a max salary with some of their other issues and players acquired/drafted.  Their focus seems to be on potential TDL destinations.

Here is an interesting article on Collins
https://www.peachtreehoops.com/2021/1/20...n-analysis


https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2927...h-of-games
Luka is 20 years old in his 2nd season and is a serious MVP candidate already... Halleluka...


(3 hours ago)ClutchDirk Wrote: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2927...h-of-games

I'll keep wishing for Lonzo Ball.


(2 hours ago)cow Wrote: I'll keep wishing for Lonzo Ball.


I hear you....but as an RFA he is going to be hard to attain.


(2 hours ago)Kammrath Wrote: I hear you....but as an RFA he is going to be hard to attain.

Yeah.  I just think he's the perfect guy next to KP and Luka as the core.  Defends, playmaker, makes his teams better when he's on the floor despite not having the best shooting numbers but he also doesn't need to put up the attempts that Luka and KP will command.  If New Orleans does look to move him, I think he's the level of player that we might be able to obtain given our assets.


(2 hours ago)cow Wrote: I'll keep wishing for Lonzo Ball.

Budget version that should be available for trade is Ricky Rubio. His contract matches Johnsons expiring. If the Wolves are interested in capspace this should be an easy trade.


(2 hours ago)dirkfansince1998 Wrote: Budget version that should be available for trade is Ricky Rubio. His contract matches Johnsons expiring. If the Wolves are interested in capspace this should be an easy trade.

I guess I'm thinking more long term rather than a stopgap.


So the problem with EITHER Lonzo or Rubio, both of whom I like, is Richardson. 

Richardson is NOT a shooter. You put ANOTHER non-shooter who prefers to handle the ball on the floor, that makes THREE of them. That's one too many, imo.

IF Richardson can be THE secondary playmaker we've all been screaming for, then the Mavs are in good shape. If he's not good enough at that, then he is not a fit here, imo. Not being good enough as a handler doesn't magically transform him into being good enough as a catch and shoot guy who can work off ball to get shot opportunities to be the type of floor spacer the team needs. This, essentially, is why Delon Wright didn't work here. I'm a little worried that while Richardson is clearly better, he too might be an ill-fitting part on offense. Time will tell. 

You want to REPLACE Richardson with Lonzo? I'm listening to that, I think. Luka/Lonzo/Richardson TOGETHER would be a disaster.
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(1 hour ago)KillerLeft Wrote: Richardson is NOT a shooter. You put ANOTHER non-shooter who prefers to handle the ball on the floor, that makes THREE of them. That's one too many, imo.


I know Lonzo isn't having that good of a season, but he shot nearly 38% on threes last year on 7 attempts a game. If he can do anything remotely like that then he's ideally the perfect off-guard for Luka. Big and willing defender, who is also a heady passer with a penchant of razzle dazzle.

Unfortunately I don't see the Pels being interested in anything the Mavs got. Maybe a package around THJ+Brunson for Lonzo+Reddick makes sense on paper but it seems like NOP is losing big there.
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(1 hour ago)SleepingHero Wrote: I know Lonzo isn't having that good of a season, but he shot nearly 38% on threes last year on 7 attempts a game. If he can do anything remotely like that then he's ideally the perfect off-guard for Luka. Big and willing defender, who is also a heady passer with a penchant of razzle dazzle.

Unfortunately I don't see the Pels being interested in anything the Mavs got. Maybe a package around THJ+Brunson for Lonzo+Reddick makes sense on paper but it seems like NOP is losing big there.

Players have often seen upticks in shooting percentages next to Luka and in Carlisle's system, so I don't see why Lonzo couldn't do the same.

Add in our FRP, SRPs, and be willing to sub THJ for JRich and one of Maxi/DFS.  I think we could make a somewhat attractive package.


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