I'm still a believer that we're better off selling at the trade deadline and continuing to build through the draft and the young players on the roster.
But, if we choose to compete now through 2015 are these 3 trades (combined) enticing?
(with a 2nd rounder from Detroit and Portland going to Memphis--if that's enough)
Here's what this does for everyone involved:
Milwaukee erases two non-contributors and allows them to take a look at Smith, who may be an option for them if (when) they blow up the Jennings/Ellis backcourt.
Washington's not going anywhere this year and would probably prefer the option to add Williams down the line rather than extend Webster.
Detroit finally gets rid of Prince who is aging and often unhappy. They get a bit younger and allow Singler/Daye to take over the 3 and Mathews is their future 2.
Memphis dumps Gay and his contract (which they are likely to do) but they stay competitive with Prince at the 3. They also add some outside shooting with Babbitt and a couple young/cheap guys to develop. (Barton goes home, too).
Portland: Can Batum and Gay play the 2 and 3 in some combination? If yes, then we 1-4 locked up for three years without subtracting much depth and without surrendering Leonard, Freeland, or Hickson. (I don't want to take away from Mathews, especially after his heroics last night, but Gay is a borderline #1 option.)
Our lineup would be:
So, how else would you have us compete now, or should we continue to stockpile (and how)?