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    Quote inthepaint wrote: View Post
    Personally, I'd like to see this:

    Retain Lowry, Ibaka, DeRozan, Powell & Tucker. Change the coach.

    Unload JV, Cojo, Patterson & Carrol (packaged with the draft pick if need be), and Tucker if necessary, to make room to sign JJ Redick & Joe Ingles (or Danilo Gallinari).

    On summer camp make the sole job of the following players to hone their already blossoming 3-point stroke: Powell, Fred, Tucker.

    Also on summer camp, have Wright start to develop a passable, confident 3 (He won't survive on this league as a Point Guard without one) and have DeRozan almost exclusively work on Defence.

    In the fall:

    PG: Lowry/Fred/Wright
    SG: DeRozan/Redick/Powell
    SF: Ingles (or Galinari)/Tucker
    PF: Ibaka/Siakam/Bruno
    C: Poeltl/Nogueira

    There are 13 players above. Complete the roster with the draft pick (though we might have to give it up to unload Carrol), and have Heslip fill the new "Hybrid" 15th man (that straddles the D-league and the main club)

    Of course the above is much, much easier said than done and a bit of a pipe dream, but imo the essence of the off-season should be this: Change the coach, unload salary (starting with poor fit role players), acquire high quality shooters so we're not outscored by 100+ from deep again next year against the Cavs.
    FYI - there are two guys that can "straddle", and they take the roster up to 17.

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    Quote DanH wrote: View Post
    Only way to have cap space to sign Millsap, assuming he wants something close to the max, is to let Lowry, Ibaka, Patterson and Tucker walk, plus find a team to take on one of Carroll or JV's contracts.

    Personally I'd oppose such a plan.
    Doesn't seem realistic.

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    The only way for MLSE to truly flex their muscle, and we've been building up to it for a while now, is to sign our own guys and be unafraid of the tax.

    We are not the Nets, with nary a development asset in sight, we've got the youth movement to make it work in the long term.

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    Quote SkywalkerAC wrote: View Post
    We are not the Nets, with nary a development asset in sight, we've got the youth movement to make it work in the long term.
    Caris Levert looks to have higher upside than any of our prospects. RHJ is decent and they have the same number of first round picks as we do going forward. They have two this year and next year is the last year they give one away to Boston.

    We have more prospects right now but the gap in our stables is narrowing, and will probably flip over by 2019.

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    Quote LJ2 wrote: View Post
    Yeah Boston is poised to potentially dethrone the Cav's in the next few years. As much as I disliked Ainge the player, he's been a terrific GM thus far.

    So give me some ideas on what you think Masai can pull of this off season. How can we improve next season?
    boston can still make some wrong moves or have injuries that do not help. People forget the chest injuries Horford has had in the past. They do have cap space though.

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    Quote rightsideup wrote: View Post
    boston can still make some wrong moves or have injuries that do not help. People forget the chest injuries Horford has had in the past. They do have cap space though.
    Hoping other teams make wrong moves or have injuries isn't really a plan, is it?
    If we knew half as much about coaching an NBA team as we think, we"d know twice as much as we do.

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    Quote Scraptor wrote: View Post
    Caris Levert looks to have higher upside than any of our prospects. RHJ is decent and they have the same number of first round picks as we do going forward. They have two this year and next year is the last year they give one away to Boston.

    We have more prospects right now but the gap in our stables is narrowing, and will probably flip over by 2019.
    So after two more years of being in last place in the league the Nets stable of young players will probably surpass a perennial top-4 playoffs team's. I guess that's looking on the bright side.....

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    Quote 3inthekeon wrote: View Post
    Hoping other teams make wrong moves or have injuries isn't really a plan, is it?
    No, but there's an underlying assumption in a lot of these discussions that Toronto will be left behind in 3-4 years as all these teams with all these picks and young players become dominant or something. You have people arguing to blow up a 50-win team on that basis. It seems only fair to point out, that the NBA doesn't work that way and a lot of these teams (like 99% of them) that are destined to DOMINATE AND RULE THE NBA will not. So, while hoping other teams screw up isn't a good plan, it also isn't a good idea to base your arguments about the team on your subjective analysis of how good all these young generational superstars are going to be (most of whom are nowhere close to that)....

    Yeah, Boston might be really good next year, or they may not. Raps need to do their own thing.

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