Why not? Some may ask, Well first off we just arent big enough when Joel goes out. Secondly LMA is not a center in any shape or form, though he does a good job pretending. Thirdly, Juwan is ancient, the rookies are well, second rounders for a reason, and all three of them are short by NBA PF/ C standards. Lets examine what i mean by these points.
Now before anyone thinks i am being rash and reactionary i strongly disagree. My first thought was to stay with what we have and let it play out but after watching last nights game is was SO clear it may as well have smacked me in the face. What i mean is, we CAN NOT go the rest of the year with Joel, LMA, and Juwan, Dante, etc. playing our front line rotation consistantly the rest of the year.
First, Joel is a great fill in and i would not want any other backup center in the league to fill in for Greg BUT Joel fouls ALOT which is fine if your two headed monster in oiled up and ready to go, our two headed monster lost one of its heads and we cant afford now to lose the last remaining head. (odd analogy i know lol) Joel so far has an average of 3.2 fouls per in 21 mpg. his minutes should be going up drastically. Something like last nights box score should be the norm from here on out.....33 Min, 2pts, 11reb, 3blk, 4 fouls. Those 4 fouls could have easily been 6 if it were not for some clean play in the first where i dont think anyone got callled for a foul in roughly the first 6 mins.
Second, really needs no explanation....LMA dont fit at the center spot, nuff said. I guess the same could be said for point three, Juwan's old, the rookies are young and raw, and all three are short. I E not a good fit for the center spot either. HOWEVER.......we do have an over abundance of depth at one spot still, PG! We have got to trade one of our PGs for a decent versatile center type. I would love to see something like Miller for .........and thats were i draw a blank.....who fits the bill? Who could play both 4 and 5 comfortabley and fit the culture of the team and probly would only be around for a year or two max?
This is were i am left wondering, we have got to get another big man up front though. We are talking about the next 3/4 of the season, not a few weeks not a few days, but months.....nearly the full season. We pretty much need to say "ok, today is the first day of the year" then look over the roster(such as it is) look to see where we can improve(just like every other team does) then go out and get a player or two to help us improve. This only leaves us with the options of trade and who are our highest value tradeable assets currently? J.B., Blake(EXP contract), and Miller, all three healthy and all three valueable for one reason or another.
Thats my thought anyways, please if you agree with me help me out. I would love to hear your ideas as to who you all think would fit the bill via trade.