How do we get Gooden?
markp at edu15.coe.ufl.edu
Mon May 3 13:16:50 CDT 2004
My #1 goal this summer -- outside of trying to nab Okafor, which i
think is probably not possible w/o giving up too much (but I still
hold out hope) -- would be to liberate Drew Gooden from Orlando.
I really like the hiring of Doc. I'm on board.
I think too that he used Gooden well the 1/2 year after they got him
from Memphis -- and don't think he was the one behind signing J.
Howard, who basically made Gooden (unwisely) expendable.
So I think we should make a push for Gooden -- who's a young,
athletic, bona fide PF; who already know's Doc's system and who fits
in with that system.
Orlando (2 hours south of me) needs some talent and/or roster
flexibility -- if the Magic don't start remaking the roster McGrady
is gone, and they know it. They've got some good young talent but
most of it's duplicative.
So I'd propose:
#15 & #24 picks
Orlando's 2nd rounder
Mihm & Stewart both have 1 year left so they could be included in
trade packages (maybe for Antoine Walker? ha ha) by Orlando, and
would provide some cover at the Center position while Okafor grows
into the starting role. McCarty gives them the outside shooting they
lose with Garrity. They should be able to pick up a PG with the #15
pick (Lue wants to return to the backup PG), say J. Nelson or Telfair
They also get Garrity's 4 year contract off the books -- which I'm
willing to take on since we get Gooden.
We'd add a young PF to play alongside a healthy LaFrentz:
PG: Atkins / Banks
SG: Pierce / Welsch
SF: Davis /(Welsch) / Garrity
PF: Gooden / Hunter / (Garrity)
C: LaFrentz / DeClercq / Perkins
I'd also entertain -- but prefer obviously not to -- trading Welsch
(who i'm assuming Orlando would prefer to Davis (who has 4 years
left)) since we've got Davis + Pierce and need a PF.
-- (the other) Mark
p.s. is there a way to read msgs on the web anymore? it seems like
that capabilty has gone away with the list changes. thanks.
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