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Victor Claver...Backup PF? Corey Brewer/Justin Holiday for Backup SF?

The growth we've seen in Claver's game of late, has come with Stotts using him more as a stretch four. This provides a bit of a wrinkle for all of us amateur gm's, as now we have to shift our roster make up, being that Batum is really the only SF on our roster. With this being a really weak draft for SF's outside of Otto Porter, this looks like a position we'll need to address in FA, possibly with one of our exceptions.

There are some decent options out there, including: Corey Brewer, Dorell Wright, Chase Budinger, Matt Barnes, DeMarre Carroll, Al Farouq Aminu, and Omri Casspi. We also have the rights to Papanikolaou, who sounds like the Greek Batum, according to the commenter in the other day's thread.

We've seen some lineups of late with Maynor, Lillard, Matthews, Claver and Leonard on the floor together. I think Matthews is in there out of necessity (our lack of depth), and I believe that lineup would look much better with Corey Brewer in there instead. He is a top-level defender, and has shown an improving ability to hit the three, on top of being excellent in transition. He could also play alongside Batum, giving us two long defenders to surround Lillard with.

The primary problem is what kind of salary he will command. He is probably somewhere between what CJ Miles got last off season (2yr, 4.5mil, w/ 2nd yr non-guaranteed) and what Jared Dudley is getting paid (4.25/yr). Whichever end of that he is on will determine whether we could sign him using the BAE/RMLE, or whether we would have to dip into our cap space to do so.

Finally, one intriguing possibility is Justin Holiday, who has had some tremendous games for the Idaho Stampede this year (including a 33pt, 11r, 6s, 4a, 1b effort on Sunday). If he could just add some weight, he may be able to fill the same role as Brewer, but at a much cheaper price.

What are your thoughts? Are you sold on Claver as backup PF? Do we even need to worry about signing a backup SF, or can we just utilize Claver's versatility to cover both the backup 3 and 4?

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