Building the perfect team
This team is just not good enough simple as that so it is time to blow it up and build a real contender for a change.
PG I like Lillard he can score, pass and looks in control on the court. Also I hear he is working with Gary Payton this summer to improve his defense, which while improving is still pretty lackluster. Plus, I had to keep somebody from this team didn't I?
PG Eric Maynor was a cheap pick up and was worth the gamble he had some nice moments but he is not the kind of player I want as a back up PG. Lillard will likely be a 20 point scorer next season in the NBA so offense is not what we need behind him, which is why I am recommending Iman Shumpert. Shumpert can play all three back court spots and defend each equally. Plus he is likely easier to acquire than Avery Bradley.
SG I like Wesley Matthews he plays with heart and intensity. He is a little too streaky for me but he is certainly a worthwhile player to keep on the team. 40% from 3 point range and big time defense means he can start on my team anytime.
SG Tony Allen He is an elite defender and a free agent, he won't light anyone up from the field but that won't matter since his real value is leadership and smothering perimeter defense.
SF I would love to put Lebron, Durant, Melo or even Paul George in this spot but since no of them can be acquired so I am taking Jimmy Butler. Butler is an improving offensive player and will likely make his first NBA All Defensive team next year. He might not be available but Batum is better right now so he could pry Butler from the Bulls.
SF Matt Barnes there are a lot of SF's that were intriguing but Barnes is a free agent and should be affordable to sign, which gave him the bump. Barnes is a good perimeter shooter, rebounder and defender a great guy to have coming off the bench.
PF Taj Gibson His salary fits in the Butler for Batum deal and his post defense fills a major need on this team. While he would command a large salary as a back up PF his post defense would be a god send on a team that has lacked a true post presence since a healthy Oden, Camby tried but he was just a little too old.
PF Lamarcus Aldridge he plays way too passive at times but his talent level is undeniable, I considered trading him but there was really no offer that made sense and provided fair value to be found.
C This is where things get very difficult. Ideally the team would add someone like Joakim Noah, or Marc Gasol but neither of those guys will be available. Greg Oden if healthy would be a nice gamble he has probably burnt his bridge in Portland and no one knows if he can hold up over a NBA season but considering what else is out there, he is worth the risk as long as anything beyond the first season is not guaranteed.
C Meyers Leonard Portland drafted the wrong guy the should have moved up to take Drummond but that did not happen so now we are stuck hoping he learns to play some defense cause so far his defense has been dreadful.
C Marcin Gortat Hopefully Phoenix goes after Bynum by doing so Gortat will be put on the block. He is not a perfect fit but considering paying 5 million to sign Pachulia or Dalembert or playing Leonard and Oden is too scary not to consider him. He should be cheap to acquire but if another teams offers a 1st rounder for him this team will be looking at plan B or C and hoping Gibson and LA play well together.