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Planning ahead: if we don't land a needle moving center.

My question is this - If we don't land Omer Asik or another needle-moving center in this free agency period, and I really see Asik as the only realistic needle-mover, should we look hard at trading LA (and possibly Batum and/or Matthews) and going into full rebuild?

I ask this because the crop of free agent centers in 2014 isn't that impressive, and if you narrow it down to UFAs it's even less so. Okafor is the only UFA center in 2014 that even gets an eyebrow raise from me. And, with decent centers being such a commodity, I see there being stiff competition for him. The Dwight Howard chronicles will be over, so the option to take someone's needle-moving center for cap space will be gone. And I just don't see us having the trade assets to entice someone to send us their needle-moving center without the trade hurting us at other positions.

So assume we don't land Okafor in 2014. That means we've failed to put a needle-moving center next to LA for two straight FA periods and we risk him walking in FA for nothing. We can always trade LA sometime before the deadline this year, but the extra wins we'll accrue with him will only hurt us come lottery/draft time. We can trade him after FA next year if we fail to appease him, but will his value be diminished with other teams knowing or having a strong inclination that we must trade him or probably lose him for nothing?

This is my first FanPost and for whatever reason I couldn't preview it, so please forgive me for any formatting oddities. Thanks.



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