Earl Barron is also a perpetual D-leauger, most recently cut by the Suns.
Mozgov has been a surging 21yr old high-ceiling, 7foot goliath.
Let's not fool ourselves into thinking Moz is some truly proven commodity, or a legit blue chipper,
But let's not fool ourselves into thinking we will be snatching up The Barron, and BAM -- there's our starting 5, or big minute rotation bigman.
It's reminiscent of how we all thought AR would just slide right in to our starting 4-5, Rautins would be icing 3's off the bench, Mozgov would be a consistent force from game1 to season end, etc.
Reasonably, The Barron will be even more of a stretch to really expect stuff from; when compared to those guys.
Not a Barron hater, I've wanted us to acquire him all season...But it's a legit "will not give us ****" risk.
And we will be playing STAT more and more reliant at the 5..Except our "big" rotation will be even more hamstrung because Chandler (and to a lesser extent Gallo) won't be there producing at the 4. And when Ronnie's chronic arthritus has its flair-ups...double down on this problemo.
Let's say Billups fits like a glove attitude-wise, it's still reasonable to expect -- or at least not be surprised -- to see less production than Felton in our system from him, especially this year.
We'll still be a better team, more dangerous, and easier to build up into a true contender; but we will operate much the same way as we are now. Needing our primary cylinders (now Melo+STAT) to be running on absolute peak capacity in order to slay big dogs.
And needing to make another powermove deal, along with a shrewd signing or two, to be an actual contender.
Who we will even be able to trade now for Deron/CP3...is beyond me. So it will basically be pray they come to us as FAs.
****our team, as it may very well soon be...will be predicated upon a Big Three formula to win any time soon, and before Amare's prime years begin a downward trend****
MIA-light, in terms of how we go about winning our chips.