Originally Posted by Blaze
I'm not arguing Gasol would not be a good fit but it would be foolish to get him because by the time we get good he'd be retiring or crappy. I'd be willing to trade him for picks, but not another aged star.
Building through the draft (Cleveland great example) and acquiring picks would have been nice, but the thing is BC gave up our pick this year. We're just going to be sending OKC a really high draft pick, which is top 3 protected this year and eventually unprotected. My reasoning for acquiring Gasol is twofold: he's a better fit and also a big expiring next year. We have the ability to amnesty Amir in 14 and if we get rid of Fields, will have a lot of cap room to work with in 2014. With DeRozan signed for 14 and Valanciunas and T Ross on their rookie contracts, we could potentially re-sign Lowry and Gasol and still have some room to go after a wing in a free agent class that features: Deng, Iggy, and Granger. We would also be more competitive and give Lowry a reason to re-sign with us.