Before I get flamed, cussed at, and talked back to, I would just like to get a heavy point across that has been bothering me for sometime now. It all has to do with roy hibbert. We all know in todays NBA that it's rare for a team to have a very talented center. Back in 1995, we had guys like Hakeem(who was winning championships at this time), a very young shaquille o'neal, patrick ewing, david robinson, and hell, even Rik Smits! Then there were the not so talented centers who were only admired because of one specific skill, their ability to block shots. A few of these guys were dikembe mutumbo, Manute Bol, and even Gheorghe Muresan. Now in no way were these shot blocking centers on the same level as the legendary centers I mentioned before, but in a lot of ways even these types of centers beat most of the centers in the era of today's NBA.
The obvious point that i'm trying to make is that the 90's are over. It's rare for a team to have a talented and skilled big man on the court who can post up, block shots, rebound, make hook shots, and hit 15 foot jumpers on a regular basis. So I think you know where I'm going with this, we trade Roy Hibbert to a team who doesn't have a skilled center, and we get back some of that teams talent that they have at other positions. Why do we do this? Because most of the talent we have at other positions are below league average. In other words, they suck. Not talking about the SF position, and i'm most certainly not talking about the C position. We have good talent at the SF and C positions, but that is it. Our SG and PF spots always change, one night we have brandon rush starting, and one night, we have dunleavy starting. One night we have hansbrough starting, and one night we have mcroberts.
Another reason we should trade roy hibbert is because not only would we finally get some talent at other positions, but I also think we could have a good chance at signing Greg Oden in the offseason, who has probably 10x more potential than hibbert ever will. Now you might flame me because of his injury problems, but if you ask me, I don't think it's because he has bad knees. The blazers training staff smells really fishy and every great center they've ever had has crapped out on them. Doctors have run numerous tests on Greg's knee and no serious problems have ever been found, in fact after his first micro-fracture surgery, his knee was even stronger than it was before, so there's no reason why this next one can't get stronger as well.
Now I want to go in to another point as well which will connect well with my last point. I always hear all this talk on how we have all this money to spend this summer, who we're going to sign, and how this is the best thing that has ever happened to us. Is it really? Has Larry Bird actually put us in a blessing of a situation? Think again. There's no talent out there in the 2011 class, and the talent that is out there, they most definitely will NOT want to sign with indy. In my opinion, what will happen is we'll sign a few scrub players, give them enormous contracts because we have all this cap money, and hope because we signed them for that much that they'll actually play above their potential and turn us into a contender. Then what happens after that? We end up sucking for the next 4 or 5 years while waiting for the garbage enormous untradeable contracts to run out.
I've always heard Larry Bird talking about how he wants to build chemistry and he wants players on his team like Paul George, Tyler Hansbrough, Darren Collison, and A.J. Price. To be honest, I love these guys, and I really think they should be apart of our future because they are all very young and have not met their full potentials yet, especially George. But these players also have something else in common. All of their contracts expire in 2 years, 1 year after our big "Cap relief". So if we go out and spend all of our cap money like the franchise is wanting to do, then where does that leave us with those players? We have 1 big contract coming off that year in james posey. Even if we let him go, we still won't have enough to sign all of those players, I guarantee that. In the end, I only see us keeping maybe tyler hansbrough and if we're lucky we'll get to keep Darren collison. Then A.j. price will leave along with paul george because they'll obviously get really high offers from other teams.
The only way to fix this problem is to trade our above average talent at one of our positions, preferably the C position, get talent back at other positions that we are weak at so we won't have to fill up those weak positions we have with overpriced contacts next summer, then in 2012 we'll be able to resign the players we have now to keep the chemistry up.
Now I have no idea what trades we can make for Roy Hibbert, and I have no idea who we should sign in 2011. I know that we should make a run at Greg Oden and maybe give him a nice 3 year contract because he has a lot of potential, and keep in mind he's still 22. If we do sign some other talent in the summer of 2011, we should only give these players 1 year contracts so we have a chance to grab guys like Paul George, Darren collison and Tyler Hansbrough. If this franchise doesn't want to be in another talent hole like they've been for the last 5 years, they have to wake up and start making moves now because its the only way we'll ever get back into contention.