Been meaning to write a fanpost about this ever since the Deron Williams story broke. Around that same time I saw numerous outlets reporting that Andrei Kirilenko was in negotiations with Real Madrid to move over there full time but they balked at his asking price of ~5M. Now I know alot may change with this new CBA but in today's league $5M is nothing. Maybe AK was just willing to take a discount to to play in Europe and I have no idea how the taxes work over there but if we could sign him for a similar price I think its something we need to look into.
I like AK for the wizards for 2 reasons...
1) In a perfect world I would want their 3 to have a little more outside game but by drafting JV I think they have shown what they are looking for... athleticism. John Wall running the break with AK + McGee on either side could be a thing of beauty.
2) Mentoring JV. I dont know the history of relations between Russia and Czechoslovakia but it makes sense (in my simple mind) that it will be easier for JV to relate to Andrei than he would Blatche (or even Seraphin).
My big question about Andrei is how many minutes he could play at the 4. Despite McGee and his recent twitter battles with my boy, Mike Wilbon, I have always and will always choose him over Blatche. If we could band aid some rotation of Lewis, AK, Booker, Seraphin at the 4 I think that could make Blatche expendable and hopefully Memphis bound. If Memphis was willing to give up Mayo for Josh McRoberts and a 1st could we give up Blatche for Mayo + a 1st?? Am I still undercutting Blatche's value?? Are there any other young players on Memphis that would make more sense than a 1st??
PG - John Wall, Shelvin Mack
SG - OJ Mayo, Crawford
SF - AK47, Nick Young, JV
PF - Rashard Lewis, Booker, JV??
C - McGee, Ndiaye
(Think Lewis and his outside shooting actually fit well here but PF would be the obvious target going into the 2012 draft where 4 of the 5 top prospects on nbadraft.net are Power Forwards (the one SF being 6'8" Harrison Barnes)