Johnson in't a PG, he's not even an above average SG, he's costing us $20M, and cost more than Anderson, whom we would have waived and stretched. He is, effectively right now the biggest obstacle to the Suns building a decent roster. If the Suns want to win next year, Johsnon must be stretched and waived to create pace to sign a player who contributes at the spots we need (PG or PF)Superbone wrote: ↑Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:19 amGood post, MM. I’m pretty impressed with what Jones accomplished from what he was given. He inherited Canaan, Chandler, Anderson, and Ariza and turned them into Crawford, Johnson, and Oubre Jr.MightyMoog wrote: ↑Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:38 pmThe way I see it, McDonough was a glorified scout. He was there to help us draft well while we tanked. He did ok, I thought he got screwed over by Sarver's fascination with Lebron (I think he thought if he had enough of Lebron's peoples he could get a sitdown with him during free agency), I think the bad moves McDonough had all stemmed from that. The Bledsoe contract that was strong-armed on us by Klutch, which led to the stupid AASE contract. Then you had the Watson hiring, which led to drafting Chriss. Overall I give McDonough a B- on his draft record. But now that we're moving on from the drafting period to the team building, I think that's where Jones comes in. I think he made a few pretty solid moves, that helped the team chemistry and added talent. I think he made a few blunders from the technical/business standpoint (waiving chandler/ rivers) I think that's where Bowers should be coming in with experience on how to maneuver contracts and trade positions.
Plan for this summer if I were GM:
1. Draft Zion and
1. Draft Ja Morant
1. Trade pick for multiple unprotected future picks
2. Waive and stretch Johnson
3. Re-sign Oubre Jr. and Holmes
4. Trade away Jackson and Warren for help at PG or PF (wherever there is greater need)
5. Sign guys who consistently have a high net +/- guys like Tyus Jones or Daniel Theis at PG or PF. Both should be mid-level type players, are in their mid-20s (prime), and have high "intangibles" / high Bball IQ. Think Kurt Thomas / Jared Dudley / Channing Frye types.
Even a line up that looks like: Jones, Booker, Bridges, Theis, Ayton, with Oubre and Holmes off the bench will win 30 games. That's three WAY above average starters on defense (Jones, Bridges, Theis). Four guys comfortable shooting the 3. A PG who is consistently near the top of the league in A/TO ratio, defensive RPM, and has improved every year he's been in the league. The other is a UFA a top end defensive PF who stretches the floor very well and rebounds decently. And this, this is the WORST case scenario if we ditch Johnson and pursue (and get) the right guys in FA.