There has been a ton of debate about how to blow this team up, how to get the most in return for our assets, how to make the rebuilding process as fast as possible but understanding it will be long and hard. I think we have been making one big mistake in evaluating our assets. I know many of you, including prada, have clearly laid out the importance of cap space to rebuilding. Its essential to rebuilding. But WHEN do we need cap space? Do we need it this year? I think we should be looking to TAKE ON money for next year, and look for expiring contracts in 2011. Below is my plan
One, we start with trading Jamison for Z. If we get hickson, amazing, if we get a draft pick, great, if we get nothing except cap space, do it. To make this plan work, we cannot have Jamisons huge contract
Two, we use Haywood, Miller, Mike James and Caron to trade for young assets. We have stated that realistically we can only get cap space for Caron or Haywood, or a low level prospect. But what if we were willing to take on contracts (just through 2011) but then get much better prospects in return. For example, taking on Jared Jerries and Curry, but collecting Hill and Danilo. I know many of you are not huge fans of either, but there are multiple team out there looking for cap space THIS year that could make this idea work. We can help them get under the cap this year and be players in free agency, and in exchange we get young prospects and cap space in 2011. We are not going to be a player in free agency this year and we are going to suck next year. So lets commit to being terrible and take on terrible contracts in the short term so that we can get young prospects for our expiring contrats
Three, be a player in the 2011 free agency. By that point we should have our current young "talent", a couple of prospects we traded for, 2 lottery picks (ours), and expiring contracts. Either trade them or let them expire and compete for Durant, Hortford, West, etc.