Let me first start off this piece of writing by admitting to you all that these moves will most likely not happen, and are very farfetched. On the bright side, they are entirely possible, cap-wise.
The first thing we have to look at is our "face of the franchise" in Danny Granger. The guy who signed a $60 million dollar contract extension at the end of '08, and during the very next game after the extension, broke his two front teeth when he went face first onto the court against the Boston Celtics. Yea, that guy, who we thought would be our franchise savior.
Don't get me wrong, I love Danny, and it's obvious to anyone who saw him during these playoffs that he has improved defensively. He played Lebron one on one pretty much the entire series, and gave me some excellent playoff memory moments in doing so(excluding the face to face altercations).
But, as an offensive player, has he hit his limit? Ask anyone in Indianapolis, they'll tell you what we need. A go to guy. It's no secret that Danny isn't considered a go to guy, and hasn't been for about 3 years now, even when he was putting up those scoring averages in the mid 20's. He's just not that skilled of a player.
So, where do we go from here?
We pick up 2 of the most prized free agents this year, one via sign and trade, and one via a natural signing, with a little persuasion from Larry Bird, one of the greatest and most respected players of all time.
Who we pick up:
Big man in the draft
Who we retain:
Who we get rid of/let go:
Okay, most of you are probably laughing your butts off right now, and for good reason. So how would we pull this off?
Well, first and foremost, we need to get rid of Danny's huge contract so we have room to compliment Eric's, Deron's, and Roy's new and huge contracts on our salary cap. Offer a sign and trade deal with the New Orleans Hornets(Danny's hometown) where we send Danny and Hansbrough over, along with a future first round pick in exchange for Eric Gordon.
It's not like the hornets will be stuck with Danny long term, because he only has 1 or 2 years left on his contract.
The Hornets will be intrigued with the idea of acquiring Danny, a player who has grown as a leader with the Pacers who could mentor the young players the Hornets are about to receive in their next few drafts. Plus, we all know how hard it is to find an all star caliber Small Forward in this league who has experience going head to head with superstars like Lebron in the playoffs.
So, in doing this trade, we pick up a viable scoring option who can perform in the clutch. A guy who can create his own shot on the perimeter, or speed past his defender with that sharp crossover and get to the rim with force. He has THOSE two talents that Danny rarely ever shows. We can't afford to have a guy making 14 million a year on this team whose talents only allow him to be a stand around jump shooter.
Okay, now that this deal is done, how in the hell are we going to get Deron Williams? Well, since we traded away the 14 million dollar contract of Danny's, and most likely received the same contract in return with Gordon's(hopefully), it's like we haven't spent any money at all and still acquired an all star caliber player.
So now, it's time to try and sell our team to one of the best point guards in the game. Larry Bird should play a big part in persuading him here. Offering him a huge contract, 5 years at like 75 mill would be acceptable. I'm sure a few other teams could offer him something bigger than that, but with the way our team performed this year without a superstar like him, we might have a chance. The way we handled the Heat and embarrassed them early in the series, Larry has to make him understand that he'd have a really good chance at getting a ring here. He would probably have a better chance with us than anywhere else. The Lakers and Mavs top stars are getting old. We are a younger, more balanced team, who can give him more help than other teams.
Alright, we've acquired Deron Williams and Eric Gordon, spending approximately 16 million a year on Deron, and having Eric on the books for around 12 million a season. We roughly have around 12 million left in cap space. Use this to offer Hibbert a 5 year 50 million dollar contract. Bam. Then, somehow, miraculously, we find a way to re-sign Lou Amundson, Lance Stephenson and Kyrlyo Fesenko to small baby contracts.
Then, since we lost a valuable defender at 6'9 in Danny Granger, we go ahead and pick up Derrick Brown from the Bobcats who is also 6'9 and can defend and hype up any team or crowd with his high flying athletic ability. Check out his highlight video(I find it ironic that the first play in this video is against the pacers and the second one is against the heat,lol).
Wa-La! We have our new team. Check it out:
PG: Deron Williams/Darren Collison/Lance Stephenson
SG: Eric Gordon/Dahntay Jones/Lance Stephenson
SF: Paul George/Derrick Brown/Dahntay Jones
C: Roy Hibbert/ Fesenko/Draft Player
What do you guys think? :)