First off, let me say that this is an idea in my head for about about a week now. It is not a freak out response to last nights loss. Secondly, I know I'm going to get a lot of angry responses to this one, so please try to be somewhat polite. I'm not even sure if I'm happy with myself for posting this question.
Some people have been posting about the possibility of trading KMart, which due to his contract and/or defensive value to us, is damn near impossible. So I've decided to look at other possibilities, that's when I stumbled upon JR.
First let me just say that I am a JR fan. His "immaturity" off the court (or on for that matter) doesn't bother me too much. I could do without him jacking up some of those 3s but, whatev. My question is, has JR reached his potential? Last year in the playoffs I would've said no. I believed that he could be a top 10 all around player in the L. He can score with the best, he's a surprisingly great creator and passer and can board some. Last year's playoffs I would've projected JR to be around 23 ppg, 7 apg and maybe 3-4 rbg. As well as improving defense. This year I find myself wondering if he's more or less hit his ceiling. Not that there's anything wrong with his ceiling. 15-20 ppg 3-5 apg, 3 rbg. I'd take that myself. JR has a lot of talent and an agreeable contract.
Would you trade him if it meant getting a young big or perhaps a big and a young wing player? I didn't do the contract thing, but the trade I have in mind is JR for Kevin Love and (ideally) Corey Brewer. Love is undersized yes, but if we're talking about needing some rebounding, I think he's as good as they come. Brewer plays every play and is a solid defender (his offense is extremely inconsistent). Keep in mind we have Afflalo who has looked good this season. why would the Wolves do this deal? They desperately need wing scoring. I think Ryan Gomes is their leading scorer if that tells you anything. JR would easily step in there and average 20 ppg. and Love and Brewer are both leftovers of McHales legacy, which Kahn seems anxious to rid himself of.
Another thought was Smith for Barbosa and Earl Clark. Clark could be KMart 2.0. these are just some thoughts. You're welcome to propose your own. I look forward to a dialogue