First of all, welcome to the board, MadeULook.
It's true you want to start with a bang. Let's go step by step with your post. A few points to discuss:1.- Mem., N.O., Por., all got beater this off season and we got worst.
This is gonna be a pretty controversial point. The way I see it, we are a worse team right now, but may be better in the long run if the rookies pan out.
But you'll see lots of people on the board that consider that the team is improved even for next season. We'll have to wait and see.2.- Monta is the future at point
I'm not sure of that yet. I'd like to believe it, because he doesn't have to body to be a full time SG. Looks like a better fit at PG. The problem is that his game is that of a SG. He still has lots of things to prove before we can talk about moving him to PG.
3.- Should we think about trading Baron?
Maybe... but he's the key to our success, so we better get an all star to replace him. Odom, Crittenton and two firsts?. I doubt that happens. The Lakers can get Jermaine O'Neal for that much.
Actually, it's not easy to think of a trade that works with Baron. Most of the players of his level are not available in trades, and trading to get worse doesn't look like an option.
Pretty much agree totally with you TMC.
Baron is a great player but he is injuryprone so Mullin will never get much back for him. It is a difficult situation because he plays 2/3 of the time and has recently come on strong, making him more valuable than ever to the team.
Odom I like but he is paid alot and getting him would require giving the Lakers a star and we just don't have any as I think they won't want Baron. If they would take BWright and Harrington for Odom and a player like Cook, I'd do that a then try to resign Odomfor a little less than what he makes as his production is worth closer to 10-11 million.
Very difficult now for Mullin to get that star big, I thought getting Gasol could be an option but if he is now happy in Memphis, not much of a chance