I know that all of Bedgedom is in "win now" mode and I'm sure there will be no shortage of posts on how to get that done. So just to be different I thought I'd put on my Kevin Pritchard hat for the day and take the contrarian approach. After all it is that magical time of year when all we have to do is dream of the future. I'm pretty sure that it was ole KP that said, "in order to maximize draft assets, the way to go is move UP in weak drafts and DOWN in strong ones", or something like that. So let's see what happens if we go into full on Pritchslap mode and try to recreate the B-roy LMA draft scenario. The plan is to completely hit the reset button and see how many good assets we can pile up with just this weak draft to work with.
Step 1) Buy Dallas's #13. They want room to go after Dwight. We might have to take on a small contract to sweaten the deal, but by the time I get through gutting this roster the payroll is going to be just fine.
Step 2) Trade Batuum for #4,5,6ish.
Step 3) Trade LMA to Cleveland for #1 and another asset. Probably #18 this year, a future 1st, or Tristan Thompson
Step 4) Trade 2-3 second rounders to get a late first rounder. I'm hoping for something in the 20-25 range, and like New Jersey at #22 as a good partner at this point.
So now we have #1,(let's say)#5, #10, #13 #18(or TT),and #22ish. That's too many picks even for me. Let's see if we can do some consolidating and move up a couple more spots. At this point I'm a little torn. There's just so many options. I think my preference would be to package #13 and #22 (plus a little sweetener if neccessary) to get another top 10 pick. The more I look at that #18/TT option, the more it is turning into Tristan Thompson and I'm just keeping him to build with.
So now you've basically got #1, #5ish, #8ish, and your original #10 in a weak draft. You have no Batuum or LMA but you do have one additional asset from Cleveland that I'm calling Tristan Thompson right now. It could be a future first rounder or this years #18 if you prefer. Who do you draft and how good of a team can you make a couple years from now?
I was going to start with Nerlens and hope for another lottery pick in next years supposedly strong draft. But then I saw this..."The other real concern is that Noel tore the same ACL that he had torn as a sophomore in high school. After coming back faster than doctors had recommended, some wonder if this recent injury was inevitable and whether there could be structural damage making further injuries to the same knee more likely."...I'm out. So with that in mind.
#1 Otto Porter: I take him first so I don't accidently get stuck with 2 shooting guards.
#5 Oladipo: I'd rather have Mclemore, but Porter probably wouldn't be here at this point and I gotta have him since I traded Nicola.
#8 Cody Zeller: Everything you don't like about him isn't really a problem at my newly opened 4 spot.
#10 Alex Len/Steve Adams I'm not sure which I like best yet, but a center to compliment/push Meyers Leonard
goes here one way or the other.
So now you're long or athletic at every position. You also have tons of cap space and assets so that you can snap up any odd superstars that come on the market, similar to what the Houston Rockets
did with James Harden
Of course the short version is to keep all your assets, just get the #13 from Dallas, package it with #10(or Wes)to make a run at Oladipo and call it a day.