8th ave wrote:If we keep our 7th pick I hope we can parlay our 30th pick + one of our bad contracts to gain some financial flexibility to get some depth on this team. Our starting lineup looks very solid, but outside of Rush I don't think our 2nd unit is going to be nearly as good as other teams in the league. If not unloading the contracts, maybe an effective veteran.
McGuire's an undervalued asset. Toughness isn't quite as dire until playoff season, but it's guys like that who show up outta nowhere (ala Reggie Evans this year, Barnes via We Believe, the Davis boys on Reggie Miller's Pacers, etc). Dom is ready at any time to lock up the best opposing player; sometimes all 5 positions (depending on whose playing center).
Outside of McGuire and Rush, I believe Wright will seem better suited for bench duty (assuming RJ knocks him outta the starting lineup; which he could have done in his sleep as early as 2 years ago). Still, all 3 are wings and 2 of them together will make over $12 million (McGuire's pat-on-the-back contract notwithstanding).
That being said, retaining Robinson becomes paramount if the team expects playoffs next year. There's no backup big in sight unless somebody straps a flux-capacitor on Biedrins and warps him back to '07 form (unlikely). Jenkins have proven to be valuable trade sweetener (not bad for a 2nd rounder), but I don't trust him to not make the young mistakes he'd expose given a meaningful role outside of garbage squad Baron Davis duty. A platoon of Curry and Robinson serves a function; Nate immediately speeds up the team - which may prove extra useful now that we've got the inside tandem of Lee and Bogut to fall back on the slow scheme as a default. Jenkins (while not the same as Curry in execution) is redundant by design. A slashing, defensively pesky change-up will be worth more than a green Will Bynum clone - minus the explosiveness inside.
Perhaps Jenkins and the Spurs pick can net us something in the 15-20 range; that way we can at least combine the salaries of 2 assets and turn it into a backup 4 with an NBA ready trick (defense, low post scoring... pick one).