A shot in the dark at the off-season...

First off... This is going to be partially what I think will happen/what I hope happens. I'm not 100% in favor of all of these moves, but I am going to take a stab at what I think will happen this off-season, and at the end you can tell me how great/terrible you would feel if this happened....

First... The Kevin Love situation. We will trade Kevin Love to the Boston Celtics for Kelly Olynyk, Keith Bogans (a waivable contract), Brandon Bass, the #6 overall pick, and the #17 overall pick.

On to the draft:

#6 overall: Marcus Smart

I feel like he has all-star potential, and he plays the game almost like a Russ Westbrook type... So much that I feel he and Rubio could share the backcourt (6'4" & 6'3") for long periods of the game. I feel like he will be a top 3 player in this draft when it's all said and done.

TRADE #13 & #17 for #8 to take Doug McDermott

He is a pure scorer who will succeed in an offense run by Ricky Rubio. He has the ability to score from anywhere on the court, and will do just that with Rubio & Smart finding him for spot-up shots.

Next... We'll trade Kevin Martin for Tony Allen and John Leuer (Hollinger's Analysis on trade machine: Does not affect Memphis win total, we lost one win)

Next, we will trade Corey Brewer and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute for Marcus Thornton (1 year, 8 mil expiring)

Sign Pau Gasol to a 2 year/15 million dollar deal to mentor Olynyk/Dieng (our future post players)

PG: Rubio, Shved, Barea

SG: Allen, Smart, Thornton

SF: Budinger, McDermott, Muhammad

PF: Gasol, Bass, Olynyk, Leuer

C: Pekovic, Dieng, Olynyk, Turiaf

Dieng, Olynyk, Leuer, McDermott, Muhammad, Smart, & Rubio make up a young core that are all under rookie contracts still.

Pekovic, Gasol, Allen, Bass and Budinger are veterans who specialize on one thing or another, and they should all provide solid leadership for this young team.

Turiaf, Thornton, and Barea are all expiring contracts totalling 14 million dollars that we can use in trade this year or on a free agent or two during the off-season next year.

In the end, we have a more veteran starting line-up that is able to compete right now for the #8 seed in the west. (I know that's not the goal, but for this year it would be... The expectations would increase when our young players *hopefully* become legit NBA players)

The current ages of our starters are: 23, 32, 26, 33, and 28.... But the bench, and hopefully most of the future is a very young bunch... They'll get time to learn from veterans, and also get the chance to play and prove themselves. Our 2nd unit off the bench looks pretty solid, and the potential is there (Shved, Smart, McDermott, Bass, Dieng, and Olynyk all would get over 15 minutes a game) I personally get excited about a core of young players that included Ricky Rubio, Marcus Smart, Doug McDermott, Shabazz Muhammad, Kelly Olynyk, Gorgui Dieng, and Nikola Pekovic (if you consider Pek young at 28)

Again, I'm not sure how I'd feel about this off-season. I'd probably give it a B+, and that's because we stocked up on solid talent in the draft (Those are two players I would target, especially Smart) We would still have vet leadership, get out of a couple of bad contracts (Martin, Brewer), and remain financially flexible going forward. Let me know what you think...

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