After this past season, there are many on this board that are ready to do some variation of moving on from some of our team and core, perhaps shifting our identity, possibly putting us in a rebuild.
But not many are talking about what it would look like to make one last push with this core.
I expect there are very few on this board that believe this core has multiple years left in them. They may be around, but they are in the minority.
But there are some, even those who are ready to see some trades, who would accept that perhaps this team has one final run in them, and maybe even deserves another go at it.
After all, in the games we were at as good of a strength as we could muster, we beat Golden State. So the jury is really still out as to how far this roster could truly go, with the right help.
So what does "one last gasp" look like?
Well, I think if you know you have one year, you go out and get the best one year option you can find and do whatever you can to address issues in your roster outside the core 4. This would mean going after an aging star SG or SF, plugging in Tony Allen to the other spot and giving C-Lee first spot off the bench.
In this scenario, going into luxury tax territory would be acceptable, because you're accepting that after this season, you are breaking up the core. What that looks like, we've already talked ad infinitum on these boards, and this isn't the topic here.
I also think it means moving on Jeff Green, getting at least one decent sub behind Gasol and Z-bo, and then filling the rest of your bench with long bomb artists and shooters. No other goal but find guys who can fill it up.
So the question becomes, who is an aging SG or SF who could come in and be an effective part of this team?
I am curious who people could come up with. I am not advocating any one selection - I'm just wondering who people might think would be impactful and available.
We've joked about getting Paul Pierce for years, but he would be someone that would fit this scenario, but he might not be as easy to obtain now. Or Dwayne Wade, if rumors if his wanting to opt out of his Miami deal and willing to go somewhere to get paid (since he took a big pay cut on his last deal). Wade wouldn't bring outside shooting, but his ability to get to the rim might be just as effective in our starting unit. He's still a 20+ scorer.
I already know anyone advocating making moves to get younger or move on from GnG would hate both of these players for our team. This is not the point. Imagine a one year window with the core 4, and tell me who fits as a SG or SF - what veteran might be vulnerable to acquisition- without breaking up the core 4 - and still effective enough to make a positive impact on our team?