Every day we have a new post about trade scenarios for Andray Blatche, Nick Young and JaVale McGee. They all sound reasonable, but it got me thinking. Before they were shipped out, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and Brenden Haywood were the starters.
The blow up thrust these three into the starting lineup, and gave us a chance to see what they can do. And what did we learn? None of them are starters. I would argue that JaVale and Nick are greatly diminishing their value on the open market with each passing game. So here's a thought: Why not keep them as backups?
We have been assuming that someone is going to pay these guys big money. Is that really true? We don't know of any really tantalizing offers for any of the three, and Nick got no interest as an RFA. Dray is making nowhere near max money. So if there is a way to sign them at backup prices, would you want them around?
All three are talented, but they lack one thing in common: maturity. Obviously if you get a great offer for one, you do it. But maybe as veterans they will become more mature. Whatever happens to Young and McGee this summer might be a very humbling experience for them that swallowing a spoonful of cinnemon was not.
I was all for amnestying Cheeseburger Cheeseburger Dray until I read you only get to do it once under this labor agreement. Not sure I would want to swallow that bitter pill for a contract that is nowhere near the collasal fuckup of the Arenas contract. (As an aside, can you believe the Gilbert cancer of immaturity continues to plague this team so badly?)
So is there something to be said for keeping all three? You have to wonder if this benching is making Dray work harder to lose weight and get in game shape. You also have to wonder if Nick and JaVale in small doses would contribute to a winning franchise -- albeit with smaller roles. Dray and Vale could also give you backups at two positions, and you might be able to squeeze two of the redundant Booker/Vesely/Singletons into the rotation. Replace Young and Blatche in the starting lineups with your draft picks and get one awesome free agent.
Maybe Nick and Vale will get paid. But maybe they won't. Maybe you need to hold your powder to use the amnesty later on McGee (Gulp).