I was responding to another BFer in my potential draft pick thread when I started to notice just how young our locker room could potentially be next year. This got me thinking on who we could possibly bring in to replace some of the character we lost when we traded Jamison away. I am copy/pasting alot of this fan post directly from that response so forgive me if you are reading it again.
I think if this team is ever going to succeed they need to get a new team mentality in place and part of that team mentality has to be an increased defensive philosophy.
the team already has a handful of young, impressionable/immature players (Young, Blatche, McGee, yould have to think an 18-20 yr old draft pick) that 1) have the potential to be good/great 2) have alot of growing up to do if they ever want to reach their potential. How are these players going to react when its obvious that the highest paid player (by 400%), longest nba tenured (by 4 years) player isnt giving it his all on the defensive end (i know these numbers could change by the start of next season but its what we are looking at now).
We’ve seen 3 different coaches fail in improving the defense of this squad, and that was with AJ + CB being veteran voices in the locker room. While I think his individual defense still leaves a little to be desired I think Derek Fisher is one of the few NBA players who could walk into this locker room and instantly command the attention/respect of this team and actually get through to them (plus do it at a reasonable price).
As the president of the NBA players association he might also be interested in trying to bring Gilbert under his wing and mentor him. Having seen (IMO) the best player in the league mature (and go through his own personal issues) he might have some insight in helping Gil get back on the right track. I also wouldnt be surprised to find out he has political aspirations for after his playing days are over, being in washington for a year or two could definitely help him meet the type of people that could get the ball rolling towards that.
The fact that he would play a position that is currently one of our weakest (backup PG) only makes the fit that much better. Of course it might be hard to commit a player that is so used to winning to "take a step back" in Washington but I really would like the move. What do you guys think? Any other potential vets we could bring in (again, without breaking the bank) to add some locker room presence??