So we know that this team needs to be better defensively, especially in the backcourt. Here is how I propose we fix this.
Draft, take Russell Westbrook. Here is the way I look at the possible prospects oh and i'm assuming we pick at say 11.
Anthony Randolph: While I like his game I have doubts on him being able to play the 4. We can't take another small forward.
Kevin Love: I'm not high on him. It's simple why too. I feel he will struggle on defense. I love how he plays the game but right now we can't get worse on defense when we can get better.
DeAndre Jordan, JaVale McGee, Darrell Arthur: Stay away from all three of them. Maybe it is or isn't true but i've heard lack of DESIRE for defense, lazy, etc. I wouldn't even consider any of these guys right now.
DJ Augistin: I've thought that he might be the guy the Pacers take but after what Jim O'Brien recently said, how we need to get better defense from the point guard position, I don't think we really strongly consider DJ.
So I see us taking Westbrook assuming he is avaliable. Good defender, size, hard worker, coachable, etc. He knows how to win too playing at UCLA. Not only win but win playing the best defense in the country. I think he could bring some of that mindset to the NBA.
So now that the draft is taken care of lets go to trades.
Trade 1; with Timberwolves
Pacers Get: Greg Buckner, Mark Madsen
Timberwolves Get: Marquis Daniels
Pacers get a defensive ace on the perminter. Madsen is a simple filler. Not going to give you anything on the court but maybe a good guy in the locker room.
Timberwolves don't use either of these two and would probably like Marquis's expiering contract. Or at least I think there is a team opition on him for the year after next so it's basically expiering.
Trade 2; with Clippers
Pacers Get: Tim Thomas
Clippers Get: Jamaal Tinsley
We get rid of Jamaal, finally. It actually makes sense though for this team. Tim is a versatile big who can shoot the ball and spread the floor so Jim would love him.
About the only other Jamaal idea I have is to swap him with Earl Watson from the Sonics. But I have some doubts that the Sonics would want Jamaal.
Free Agency I would re-sign Flip Murray. He isn't the ideal point guard but we did play better with him going 13-10. Re-sign Stephen Graham too, why not? Let David, Andre Owens, and Kareem walk. Tempting to keep Kareem but he can get playing time elsewhere. I think Buckner would make us better.
Go into next season with:
It's not the greatest lineup in the world. If we could somehow have a somewhat healthy Jermaine it could be a pretty decent team.