Good thread Kiya -- you're right on the money, my man. We're definitely weak at the 2, even with Smith back (and thank God for JR man, can you imagine if he signed on to play somewhere else? Forget about it -- we'd have no one at 2G right now!). I know they say that it's the easiest spot in the NBA to fix, but I'm still concerned. After this Prigioni signing for about 470-480K, I don't know how much money we have left to fix it. We've got JR Smith and that's basically it -- I don't wanna hear how Kidd will play some 2 and everything's OK -- come on now -- Kidd's an older cat now, he's not a SG and he's never been a great outside shooter anyway (although to be fair, I feel like he's gotten better from long-range as he's gotten older. Still not an NBA SG -- he's a PG!!). And who knows what we're gonna get outta this James White. The dude's a complete enigma with next to no NBA experience.
Kidd was brought here to be the backup point and to mentor Lin. That's it. Not to be the starting 2G. If I had to bet, as of right now that role's gonna go to Smith (even though I feel Smith serves us much better off the bench). Probably why he chose to come back to NY for only $2.8M -- I betcha they promised him the starting SG spot. That and he may not have gotten the additional offers he said he did (I mean, we would've heard about another offer, no?). In my mind, it's an easy fix, provided we still have a little cash to work with. And I'd like to see them go with youth and athleticism here -- we've added enough older veteran talent. No more 35-and-overs, please.. Gotta have a good mix of youth/athleticism/high ceiling-types to go along with that veteran savvy and know-how...I think these are our top SG options right now:
Chris Douglas-Roberts - 6'7", prior NBA experience, he can score the ball on anyone. He might come for the vet minimum. Not gonna know unless we reach out to him.
Scotty Hopson - 6'7", similar offensive game to JR Smith. He can score and do it in a variety of ways. Young and a damn fine athlete to boot. I don't care what any of the naysayers have every said about him -- this guy's NBA material.
Jamelle Horne - 6'7", athletic, can drive and finish, good offensive rebounder for a wing, solid 3-pt shooter and he can defend.
Sylven Landesberg - 6'6", nice slashing game, he can get to the line (makes his FTs) and he's developed into a decent outside shooter.
James Anderson - I believe he's still a FA. I'd scoop him up provided he's healthy (I think he hurt himself at one point and the Spurs sent him down to the D-League. Was recalled, then sent down again. If he's healthy, he's an NBA SG, fits the mold of exactly what we should be looking for (young, 6'6" or better, athletic and he can shoot).
Alonzo Gee - 6'6", long, athletic, developed into a decent 3-pt shooter. NBA experience with the Cavs.
Austin Freeman - a little smaller (6'4"-ish), and a little heavier (I read he may be up near 230-235 lbs) than these other guys but I think he's a good talent. Liked him a lot at Georgetown. He'd be a good system guy. Pretty smooth offensive player..I've heard he's too small, not a great athlete, too heavy, etc. -- I think that's all overblown. He can play.
Matt Janning - he doubled up this SL -- playing for Indy in Orlando and then for Memphis. I like this guy a lot as a PG/SG combo. At 6'4", he's got nice ability to play both positions. Reminds me of a poor man's Goran Dragic. He can see the floor, pass and shoot it. I think this guy would be great here.
The next tier:
Manny Harris - 6'5", strong, athletic, a little erratic offensively but talented. On Houston's SL team.
Dionte Christmas - on Boston's Orlando SL team. Hopefully we're monitoring his progress. 6'5" and he can shoot.
Derrick Byars - 6'7" 220 lb G-F playing for SA's SL team (interesting that their roster also includes James Anderson -- did they officially re-sign him? I didn't think so). 5 yr college player had a very good final yr at Vandy. Cup of coffee in the NBA with a couple of teams (I remember him with the Bulls). Was a reliable 3-pt shooter in college. Solid in the DL as well. Solid all-around player. The more I think about this guy, the more sense he makes for us.
Hollis Thompson - At 6'8" with his length, upside and deft shooting touch from downtown, I think we should take a shot here. Surprising that nobody scooped him up yet for summer ball. All the rosters aren't in yet though.
Sonny Weems - if it's Weems then so be it. We could do worse. He's big, strong and athletic. Also, it'd be nice to stick it to Toronto a little bit -- they overthought this thinking they ****ed us outta Nash when they severly overpaid for Fields; maybe we counter by going out and grabbing their former guy Weems on the cheap as a final piece (MUCH, MUCH cheaper than what they paid for Fields) and start rolling.
I would've LOVED to have added OJ Mayo or even Courtney Lee. Too bad that wasn't in the cards...If we have anything left at all to trade (which I don't think we do), one guy we might be able to get cheap via trade is Wayne Ellington from Minnesota (esp. after they just signed Brandon Roy -- Ellington never seemed to fit there---over here, he'd be my starting 2 with Smith coming off the bench resuming his 6th man role). Ellington hasn't proved much in Minny (hasn't really been given that great an opportunity too to be fair) but he was a good player at NC that can flat out shoot it). Reggie Williams from Charlotte might be another guy we can snag, maybe for a future 2 and cash. I wish we would've gotten Williams last year when we had the opportunity.