Some very Interesting quotes from an article on the hiring of Jerry West at Golden State.
"I do think there's changes that need to be made here ....... I would encourage them to be a little more aggressive than they have been."
Unofficially? West might be the new trigger finger.
Right off the bat, West was talking about pushing the envelope. He talked about having the gumption to make a big trade, even shipping a big-name star.
He talked about aggressively pursuing free agents, even overspending to get the right player.
West said the Warriors' biggest need is size and that the team needs to go in a "little bit different direction" than the offense-first mentality.
When asked about the Monta Ellis-Stephen Curry backcourt, he stopped well short of saying the two can win big together.
It sure sounds like they would be willing to break up Curry and Ellis, and that spending money (or keeping Ellis' contract) is not an issue. They need to get bigger, more defensive minded - sounds like an athletic, long, defensive minded Nicolas Batum might be a good addition.
I'd hate to give up Batum, but a point guard that could absolutely stick the outside shot would certainly open up the floor and create spacing for Aldridge.
It would seem like swapping two very talented young players might be attractive to both teams. Don't know what it would take in addition to Batum, hopefully not much.
Recent thread/poll on what to do with Nic had 43% of BEdgers willing to move Batum for Curry. 34% had standing pat with Miller at point and hanging on to Batum. How about a more specific poll.
Would you trade Nicolas Batum for Stephen Curry?
Yes (even if it cost a little more) (549 votes)
No (61 votes)
610 total votes