OK, Hedo dumped us...
Now what? Well, what do we need from our Free Agent signing this year? Let's see:
- Veteran presence
- Good shooting
- Shot creation
- Playoff experience
As it turns out, there happens to be a couple of guys out there who fit the bill. One is Lamar Odom, who we probably won't be able to pry away from sunny Los Angeles. The other one is currently being ignored by most teams, his market price is incredibly low. He's been in the NBA Finals. He's averaged 20+ ppg for most of his career. Yes, he's on the downhill side of his career, but if we sign him to a 2-3 year deal we can use him as an expiring contract. Oh yeah, and he is a former MVP.
His name? Allen Iverson. Granted, there are a lot of questions marks for someone who calls himself The Answer. Will he be able to fit in the locker room? Share the court with Roy? Spot up for shots? I think if he can be had for a reasonable price, he's better than any of the other short-term free agent options out there. It would be a BOLD move by KP that would certainly ruffle a lot of feathers. AI is not a thug. The guy is a winner. Remmeber the Olympics when he was the only one who played his heart out while Larry Brown was whining about his roster? The guy is a warrior and I'd love to have him on my team.
We need to remember a few things as the free agency period winds down: first, this cap space is a ONE TIME opportunity. "Standing pat" is a BAD idea, because this is the one chance that we get to sign a player without sending anyone else out.
It's going to be a lot harder to get Kirk Hinrich now that Gordon is going to Detroit.
Devin Harris: no.
There's nobody out there who will catapult us into immediate contender status. This might be the best way to tide us over.
So that's my suggestion: Sign AI to a two-year, $14 million deal ($6m this year, $8m next) and see what happens. It might not be a great Plan A, but it's not a bad Plan B.
Got better ideas? I'd love to hear them in the comments.