Baron's quote from the LAT recap of last night's game stuck out to me: "You go from a team that doesn't have good record, to one that is a promising team, and a team that goes from a promising team to good team, a good team to playoff team, a playoff team to an elite team".
I think there's a parallel formula for roster makeup and development, and that it goes something like:
1) Get legitimate 1st and 2nd Banana's (Griffin and Gordon, check)
2) Put together an 8-strong rotation (Clips close with 7 assuming Bledsoe/Aminu don't regress)
3) Serviceable backups at all 5 starting spots should a starter go down for an extended period (already there I think. Baron/Bledsoe, Gordon/Foye, Aminu/Gomes, Blake/Rhino, Kaman/DJ)
4) Having that final stars-rotation-and-depth squad to play (win) together for an extended period (hopefully the rest of this season with momentum going into training camp next year).
The rotation has nice balance between bigs and the backcourt (Davis-Bledsoe-Gordon-Aminu-Blake-Kaman-DeAndre), but again there's a glaring weakness at the wing.
So...I ask the El Nacion: what wing do we acquire and how using the following assets? Bonus help for explaining how 1st round picks impact matching up salaries in a trade.
- Clips 2011 #1
- Minny's 2012 #1
- Cap Space
- Trade Exemptions (do we have one?)
- MLE/Veteran's Exemption (we have to be over cap, correct?)
Off the top of my head I'd like to target:
Once a wing is acquired Clips just have to retain their free agents (going over the cap...no small miracle) and they'll have a killer core that compete in the playoffs for 3-5 seasons minimum.