OK - I've read about Carlysle's comments during his weekly show, and this was the hypothetical starting lineup he proposed:
I'm going to assume the following:
1) Miller retires like he says he will (I give it 90% chance)
2) Davis signs on for 1-3 more seasons
3) J. Jones and Gill are in consideration for signing extensions/new deals
4) Bender remains a non-factor in personnel decisions
So, when the dust settles this off-season here are the cards we have to play leading up to next season:
Here's what I'm thinking:
1) Pollard hangs on for one more year, mabe less if his expiring contract is attractive enough during the 6-month trade season. He then retires. He's got a gimpy back and a high-dollar deal. We're stuck with him for now, but not long.
2) Foster is likely gone. His contract is reasonable, other GM's like tall guys that hustle, and with Davis' return and Harrison's improvement, he might prefer being traded away than warming the bench. This all depends on what happens with Pollard.
3) Croshere is here to stay until his contract nears expiration, at which point he becomes salary cap fodder for teams that need to pinch a penny.
4) The multiple-position rotations become more popular after the experiences this year. See Jackson play both 2 and 3, F. Jones play both 1 and 2, and the 4 and 5 be virtually interchangable. Artest and Tinsley will be the only players to stick to thier positions. If we've learned anything this year, it's that teams have been confused by our linups, and it's given us a slight edge.
5) Fred Jones signs a nice, high-to-mid size extension, just before he breaks out. They did this with Artest and Tinsley (to name just a couple of players), and thought they were doing it with Bender. This pattern will continue.
6) J. Jones has a better than 50% chance of being in Blue and Gold, this is just the impression I get. This depends on who we pick up at the 2 and/or 3.
7) Gill has a less than 50% chance of being in Blue and Gold. Also depends on who we pick up at the 1, 2 and/or 3.
8 - Just for Fun) *I better put on a plastic covering before everyone starts throwing rotten vegetables* - Edwards suits up another year. He's tall and dirt-freaking cheap, and will remain IL fodder for the Pacers. He's obviously won friends here and he's kept his mouth shut during a season from hell, I'm taking a wild shot in the dark and laying it on the line to say that he'll be rewarded with one more season.
I'd like to know what others think about all this.