Alright after this trade goes through our team will be looking pretty good for the most part:
(PG)- Deron Williams/ Tyshawn Taylor
(SG)- Joe Johnson/ Jason Terry
(SF)- Paul Pierce/ Tornike Shengalia
(PF)- Kevin Garnett/ Reggie Evans
(C)- Brook Lopez/ Andray Blatche (if he's resigned)/Mason Plumlee
I'm sure Plumlee, Evans, and Blatche will switch off at back-up PF/C. IMO the one glaring weakness we have is our lack of depth at the SF position. I am a Nets and Celtics fan, have been since 2nd grade (my community athletics bball team name was the Celtics, hadnt followed basketball up to that point in my life but decided to see which player wore my number in the pros [#8, Antoine Walker] was on the C's all 3 years I played in that grade/middle-school league. But I root for my home-team too [ya have to c'mon]) Anyway sorry for that brief, unneeded history lesson. I love Paul Pierce, but I have seen his skill set slowly start to decline. I especially noticed it last year when he was getting faked out too easily and he was starting to lose his quick(ish) first-step. He had gotten burned a couple times off the dribble. Needless to say he is not in any position to be playing more than 30 mins a game, unless we want to send him to an early retirement. And lets face it, Shengalia is not a serviceable back-up SF, atleast not on a team with championship aspirations.
There are obviously a couple options that don't involve trading any of our important role players. They can go out and sign an undrafted rookie FA, I would personally like to see them take a chance on C.J. Leslie (SF NC State). Now he doesn't have a consistent shot, but that's not to say he can't find ways to score. He plays great defense, something we could definitely use considering KG is our best defender now and Pierce like I previously stated has lost a step or two. Leslie would be cheap and he's obviously young. Who knows maybe one day he will develop into a starter.
The 2nd option that I'm all for, and have heard some encouraging info pertaining to, is bringing Bojan Bogdanovic over here from the Euroleague. He has excellent size and can shoot really well. When we traded for him a couple years ago for a future 2nd round pick the "experts" said that it could be one of the best steals/deals in that draft. I have never been a huge fan of stashing players overseas, because I feel that most of the time the player either (a.) doesn't perform well or near his expectations, or (b.) doesn't come to the NBA at all. According to an article on netsdaily written last month, Bojan is expecting to play for the Nets this upcoming season. I think he's ready, and we definitely need the depth at the 3.
I dont think it would hurt to try to have both players on the roster, even out Leslie in the NBADL until we figured out who was best for what we're trying to do. Let me know what you guys think about the roster, any holes or weaknesses, and possible solutions.
(Unrelated to SF) I'm also hoping the rumors, that were going around a week or so ago, stating that Ray Allen was thinking of leaving the Heat to join the Celtics so the Big 3 could give it one more shot, and Allen could retire a Celtic are true. I would love to sign Ray Ray to a veterans min contract with some incentives perhaps so he'd be fine with a diminished role on a team not as stacked as the Heat. I think he could really contribute to this team. God know's our 3 point shooting was suspect at times, especially down the stretch (late in games/playoffs)
LET ME KNOW WHAT Y'ALL THINK