Originally posted by LA9erFan:
Ariza, Okafor, & Pau are all expiring contracts. They don't get any cap relief. They can have faith in Wall/Beal and just add another cheap young player instead of dealing #3 in return for one year of Pau, who probably isn't even a better player than Ariza & Okafor are combined at this point.
Fair. Then why not Ariza, Nene/Blatche (whichever they find less valuable), and next years 1st rounder?
Pau to Toronto for Lowry, Landry Fields and next years 1st rounder?
Pau to Sacramento? All pending on new ownership and what their mentality is but if they wanted to clean shop we could take Marcus Thornton, Jason Thompson/Chuck Hayes (whichever they find less valuable).
Pau to Minnesota for Derrick Williams, cap fillers, and next years 1st rounder?
Pau to Milwaukee for Jennings (sign/trade since I think he's a RFA), Gooden and next years 1st rounder? Rumor is they don't even want to keep Jennings so they get something out of him, get rid of Gooden and give it a go with Sanders, Ersan, and Pau. To be honest, I DO NOT want Jennings but presuming he came in here and the change of scenery as well as our culture here got him to change his game and improve, it would be a nice change of pace from what we currently have at the PG position. I'd prefer a sign/trade with Reddick but for some reason I don't think that's as feasible as this idea.
Pau to ATL for Horford? Let's them rebuild from scratch after losing Josh Smith this offseason. Puts them in prime position to get #1 pick and Horford is a talented guy who I think can flourish at the 4 next to Dwight.
Pau to ORL for Harrington, Glen Davis, draft pick?
I'm also a becoming a big fan of letting Meeks go and throwing the mini mid-level at Dorrell Wright, former Warrior/Sixer. He can play the 3 spot once we amnesty MWP.
The overarching point of this post is...we have options, they are slim and none of them are ideal but they're options nonetheless. My preferred route, pending we can't get anyone who appears to be a bottom dweller to ship us their 1st rounder, is to ship Pau to Atlanta for Horford. I'm a fan of Horford and he'd be a great tandem with Dwight if we can get him to resign too.