I realize it's not the best time to consider trading Arenas due to the multiple draining of the knee reports we've heard this week but if he does bounce back and is playing at the level he was at the midpoint of last season I believe it's time to put him on the market. Arenas has the option to opt out of his contract after this year and it's time to decide if we can ever win a championship with the core of Jamison, Arenas, and Butler. Can we win with a shoot first point guard (granted he's a phenomenal scorer) who doesn't really make the players around him better and is an atrocius defender as our leader and best player? I don't dislike Arenas and I don't want to discount his offensively ability, all the clutch end of the game buckets, and the excitement he brings but I think you have to look at the big picture of what it will take to win a championship.
If we go after someone like Kobe we're gonna have to include something besides Arenas and we have some players that could be moved. I really don't want to move Butler due to his complete game but everyone else should be free game. Jamison's stock will never be higher after his playoff performance last year and Haywood's stock is actually rising. Blatche's stock is not exactly soaring in the early season but could be a guy other teams would see a decent amount of upside in. My point is I think we need to blow this up because we are not going to win any championships with the current philosophy of outscoring everyone, with no defense, no post presence and a leader who personifies outscoring the other team with no regard or desire to defend.
We all remember the days of John "Hot Plate" Williams and the horrible teams we threw out there for so long and as long as we keep this group together we won't be that bad but we're not ever gonna be that good either. Pretty much trust E. Grunfeld cause he has made a lot of great moves but I couldn't believe he rolled in to this season with the same team as last like he bought in to the belief we would of done real damage if we had been healthy. We were not going anywhere last year and we are not going anywhere this year.
We need to change the mindset that we don't need to play defense which lead to quotes coming out after games we win 115-114 like "we're not a bad defensive team we makes the stops when we have to at the end." Actually they have been a terrible defensive team for years and with Jamison and Arenas both being complete liabilities on the defensive end it's not going to change. We're either gonna trade Arenas this year or sign him to the max extension and hitch our hopes on him for the next 6 years. We gotta think about moving him.