I have been a long time follower here, and an occasional poster. I, for one, think David Kahn has done an ok job assembling talent on this squad, and I think this off-season will make or break him as a GM.
Kurt Rambis needs to go. He's not a good coach. We had the talent this past year to win 25-30 games, evident by our 3-19 record in games decided by 5 points or less. Almost every one of these games were winnable.
Kahn needs to get crafty this off-season and wheel and deal a little bit. Below the jump I will outline how I would approach the team, and how I would fix it. (I'm assuming Rubio comes over)
I think this team needs a defensive-minded Center, a SG that can play well both ways, and some veteran leadership. This will come through coaches and players. Even though Kevin Love's value is at al all-time high, I would not trade him. I like the Love/Beasley combo at forward.
The trades I would complete:
MN revieves JaVale McGee + #8 pick; Washington recieves: #2, #20, and Anthony Randolph
With the #16 pick I would target Marshon Brooks out of Providence.
PG: I think Ricky Rubio will be good, maybe even great. If he comes, we have our starting PG. Flynn is very frustrating, but I believe his value is at an all-time low, and we should hang on to him for that reason alone. We can sign a guy like Anthony Carter to mentor Rubio and Flynn both. (he's a FA riding the bench in NY after the Denver trade)
SG: Andre Iguodala is just what this team needs. He can creat his own shot, adds leadership, and most of all, he's a very good defensive player. Rubio/Iggy backcout would be 100X better defensively than what we had last year. Brooks could be a beast. Ellington can back them both up or get traded.
SF: Beasley still can score at will, and when he's on he can carry a team. I would like to keep him, and bring in Iggy as a mentor/life coach. I would be open to signing a guy like Grant Hill to mentor as well. (under a 1 year deal).
PF: Kevin Love. Backed up by Anthony Tolliver.
C: JaVale McGee is a great shot blocker, and a very good defensive Center. Darko is a very serviceable back-up, and at 15-20 MPG, I don't mind him.
Our Final Line-Up (If mak07 was GM):
PG: Rubio, Flynn, Carter
SG: Iguodala, Brooks, Ellington
SF: Beasley, Hill, Hayward
PF: Love, Tolliver
C: McGee, Milicic
What kind of win total are we looking at? I'd say with Rambis around 30. With a good coach around 40. Would this team be set up for the future as good as I think it will? What say you? How'd I do?