We already have many important pieces, if we want to be a contending team.
We improved a lot with Maynor´s arrival, and he helped the other´s to improve to.
So the way I See it, If we fill the gaps correctly, we can easly become a Top team next year. Because until a few weeks ago, we just didnt have a bench...
1st I would keep 8 players
SG: Mathews / Barton
SF: Batum / Claver
PF: Aldridge / Freeland
2nd thing to take care of is the backup point guard, i think everyone agrees that having Maynor made a huge diference to us, so we should keep Maynor, if we dont we may target DJ. Augustin or W. Bynum. Paying up to 3/3,5m.
Then, We need to think in at least 2 diferent scenarios...
1st Scenario: Keep Hickson (around 8m) and get a defensive minded Center and a scoring SG/SF, combining around 5/5,5m.
(Example 1: SG/SF: James Jones /C: Jermaine O´Neal)
2nd Scenario: Let Hickson go, and get a Center that plays good D and also Score, a PF similar to Hickson, SG/SF to score of the bench and eventually a defensive minded guard. This 4 combining around 13/13,5m.
PS: In both cases we shoud add 1/2 more vets with a room exception if needed. And there is a guy i would keep a eye on, Chris Copeland from the Knicks would add some offensive power!
What do you people think? Do you have other realistic sugestions?