Dorsey and Evans both bring skill sets concentrated in the same areas. It happen to be rebounding and defense. Evans is hands down the superior player but he's probably too old to be a long term option for the team. He will also probably draw a lot of interest in the off-season. Chances are he's done here. Dorsey is a player they could keep and bring him out on a rainy day when needed. He's going to come very cheap. Keep him.
Ed and Amir bring everything this team needs on defense and in the rebounding department. Their offenses look to be developing in different directions, both positive. One day they may be able to start together once Ed's body fills out. Keep them both.
Andrea Bargnani is best fit next to a lock down traditional center. If he were playing along side Dwight Howard he would be excellent. He plays for the Raptors though... I say trade him now while his value is high. They could land an excellent SF or PG for him.
So to recap:
Ed, Amir, Evans, Ajincia and Alabi. Start Ed and Amir with Reggie coming off the bench. Ajincia maybe 7 minutes a game. Alabi in street clothes.
Trade Bargs. I was the biggest Bargs supporter for years but he's really showed his (lack of) worth this season. Hes not a game changer, he's not a franchise player and he cant defend a chair. I get he could be useful if we had 4 other great players who defended but we don't. If we could get a mid round pick for him id even do it.
Oh, you said to take into account how much they're making. I missed that part. In that case, here's my list:
I agree. the team should keep amir. but the 26 per game, IMO maybe a bit two much. He cant be substituting for two players. Im sure there will be a center that has to sub in for Bargs, probably Dorsey. If you look at the past games, when all 5 starters play more than 35 mins, the 6th man usually gets 20 or less minutes. might not always be the case on every given night, but amir cant be subbing for both bargs and ed.
i do hope they find a way to keep both amir and ed while bargnani is on the team too. but i do hope BC is able to get a lopsided deal for bargs. wishful thinking.
trade every big for andrew bynum
Last year there were many fans in here who didn't want the Raptors to trade Chris Bosh for Andrew Bynum because of Bynum's past health issues.
Team 1) Amir, Drea. 2) Evans, Ed. 3) Dorsey, Alabi.
Lets look at this team now, with 15 players.
1) Jose, Bayless
3)Johnson, Kleiza, Weems, Wright
4)Amir, Evans, Dorsey
5)Drea, Ed, Ajinca, Alabi
Let, Ajinca and Wright walk draft a point-guard and bring in another 2/3 player.
i also noticed the more money you pay, the better chance of getting a title. case and point, your examples on how much the combined salaries are for the bigs.
Keeping Bargnani, Amir and Davis as your three main frontcourt players is going to get you more of the same that we've seen all year. Davis and Amir trying to cover up for the fact that Bargnani can't defend or rebound, and more losing. I want to win, so I'd keep the players who can defend and do the little things. It would be nice to be able to replace Bargnani with a center who can score, rebound AND defend, but at this point, I'd take a rebounder and defender and hope that Davis develops offensively and leave most of the scoring up to the wings.
Offense: We lose, what 8-10 pts from Bargs to Andris (which we of course look to make up with a stellar SF coming in ala Barnes/TJones/DWilliams/etc and a new PG this year or next, consistency from the growth of Derozan and ED.) plus their 1st rounder this year or next. We can get say a Kemba Walker or Nolan with that pick and Barnes with ours for instance. Or I really prefer chasing Myck Kabongo next year.
Defensively we gain points (major?) with the switch out of Andris for Bargs, we improve morale (see below) and balance the floor better (ya ya come on out with the Bargs spreads the floor crap when he shoots a worse 3pt% than Lamar Odom.)
Morale: how does it make the young guys feel when they work their asses off and Bargs stands and watches with his mouth hanging open (without consequence from the coaching staff). Hey I used to like this guy, but now I want to body slam him into voltage wires just to get some energy into him for more than 1 in 20 games.
bargnani and alabi for varejao and harangody in offseason