There is a reason why I would trade for draft picks. Let's take Okafor for example. I have been seeing people yell about his taking only 2 shots in the last game, and combining that with "fire Vincent" talk. Why? Does anyone beleive Sam went up to Okafor before the game and said: " Okafor, you have sucked lately, so only take 2 shots tonight. Even if you're open, no more than 2." No. The problem is with the player. Okafor has not played well or hard in WEEKS!! Even with the Hawks doing better than expected, if Phoenix would give us both the Atlanta 1st and their own 1st, I'd give them Okafor. Then, there are teams crying for a PG who can challenge for the lead PG but at least be groomed for a starter down the line. We know Felton tries, but is more of a combo guard. But there will be someone who is sure that HE is a great enough coach to bring out the greatness in Ray. There is another 1st rounder. Now, with our own which will be a Lottery for sure, the Atlanta pick which MAY be a Lottery, another which I don't know yet (depends on who takes Ray) and the Phoeniz pick which will be late 1st. That is 4 1st rounders. Suppose with our 2 highest picks we get DeAndre Joprdan and DJ Augustine. Right there you have a legitimate big time Center who will be able to grow and challenge Dwight Howard - whom we will have to deal with for the next 10 years - and a PG who is already better than Felton in the eyes of many. Read up on him, the kid is special. Then, with the other 2 picks, suppose we are in the late teens with one of them. Well, the PF Kevin Love from UCLA is expected to be there late teens. Then, with the late pick, we take the best available. Or, we take our 2nd and combine with the late Phoenix to move up 3-4 slots. From this draft, we can come put with a legit big time Center, PG and PF. Combine that with J-Rich and Crash, and I love that as a starting 5 to deal with for the next 10 years. Then, with some of the guys off the bench, including a hopefully well healed Ammo (I don't expect May back), Dudley, Davidson and maybe a Carroll with some confidence, we will be young and studly. Right now, we are young and dudly (and I don't mean Dudley).
I know many prefer to go for wiley FA veterans. But, no one is interested in playing for us until we start to show we can win. We do not have the players right not who can win. We do not. Don't blame the coach alone. It is him, management and underachieving players to blame.
J-Rich is short on defense, yes. But his offense and Crash's all round ass busting game have been the ONLY bright lights the past few weeks. I have lost faith in Ray, and lost faith in Okafor. Let me get what I can for them now before the rest of the league starts to see them for what they are really worth. Then, well be stuck with them. Yes, it is a gamble. Just like poker. You have to know when to hold em, and when to fold em. It is time to fold em, cause if we hold em, we are going to get burned.