Sixers (2.7mil exception)
Acquire: Amare Stoudemire, Mo Williams, Ryan Gomes, Keyon Dooling
Reason: Sixers get a seemingly unhappy true allstar to compliment their group of great young hustle players that also have budding skill. Amare can be a center piece to a lot of great talent. Also he plays with a real PG again that can get him better shots. Mo Williams is an upgrade of Lou Williams and can even start next to Jrue as Jrue is capable of defending bigger guards, which makes Mo Happy. Dooling and Gomes just will in roles and are veteran presence.
Acquire: Elton Brand , Eric Bledsoe
Reason: Brand is overpaid, but he is a very productive forward. He will do all the dirty work Amare doesn’t and will give you low post presence most nights. He will work in that offense better and rebound on both ends better. He has 2 years on his contract rather than the 4 committed to Amare as well. Bledsoe is a great young piece to store away as you see what the Vets can offer. He is and Shumpert as your future backcourt along with Fields is an attractive and cheap upside.
Sixers and still utilize Amenesty correct? Why not Nocioni’s 6.6 mil? Freeing up even more space that makes this move a serious one that keeps their financial books clean. You want to make a splash as a new ownership to get your fans on board, this is how you do it. This gets you a Playoff series win as well as a brighter future.
Clippers (6.6mil exception)
Acquire: Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams, Chris Wilcox
Reason: Clips need a wing with Size that can defend, finish and hit open shots. Sixers’ fans will laugh at the open shot part, but when Andre played with better players that produced open shots for him he was a much more effective shooter. Regardless of that he is great defender, rebounder and playmaker on the wing opening up things even more for a Clipper team that struggles defending the wing at times and needs all the rebounding and playmaking help they can get when CP3 isn’t on the floor. Lou Williams is a great compliment to Billiups and CP3 coming off the bench knocking down shots as well as changing the pace. Wilcox is a big body, 6 fouls, and expiring contract.
Celtics (about 950,000 exception)
Randy Foye, Brian Cook, Tony Douglas (upgrade for Dooling and Wilcox)
Reason: Great upgrade for losing just Wilcox and Dooling who aren’t factors on the team. Foye give you versatility and young legs to run with a great playmaker in Rondo. Cook is really just a big body that can stretch the floor while Rondo, Pierce, and Allen get their picks and penetrate. Douglas if he can heal is a gamer and he makes plays when it count. He is an upgrade over Avery Bradley at this point easily. Boston still may want to trade one of the big 3 and his doesn’t do anything but help that if it is going to be Allen for a youthful guard and size (I’m thinking Minnesota Wesley Johnson and their center Nikola Pekovic)
“We weren’t born to be miserable and to fail…We are a success story waiting to be realized as soon as the seed is fertilized…God gives favor to those who are faithful in their walk against fear. That is what living and pursuing your passion is. When you commit to that journey the Universe conspires to aid you in your success…”
I’ve been getting a lot of good messages and have been discovering a lot about what I control is really that big a deal. We each have the power to Love or Hate…Destroy or Create…Living in Love and Creating that which was once absent is truly Divine.
I read this book “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho some time ago and it spoke to the very heart of what my limitations tend to be. We have to get out of our own way. We are human and have human emotions such as fear. You only fear what you don’t understand or you can’t control, but you have to ask yourself is Your Success something to fear?? If not, why do we tend to wilt in those moments? We have to become familiar with our inert greatness.
I’m an infant when it comes to putting this into practice, but I’m walking in the journey trying not to look too far ahead.
Just wanted to share where my head is in case any of you are in a discovery period as well.
Onajé Malik Lott (King In My Own Mind)
I was listening to a few interviews and lectures by Will Smith, Dick Gregory,
Louis Farrakhan, and Cornell West. It was a lot language around hope, awareness,
recognition, the power in positivity, and the power that exist in humanity
despite a painful past. It lead me to many feelings and thoughts. I wanted to
share a few in case others are on a similar journey…
I’m searching for a new mode of attack to get beyond the denial of my own fears
and to move beyond the externally ascribed and internally accepted limitations
If you let your fear get the best of you then to the people around you that fear
will appear to be the best of you. I just cannot live with that being my legacy.
The world doesn’t need more fearful people. We need more courageous leaders who
dream and act with conviction. We chant and sing change, we cheer change, we say
we want/need change, but are we being change? I have been on a fence. I was
called out and humbled by this. This will no longer do. I owe more and we all
owe more to one another.
“You can’t look at dreams as this Big wall to build. You have to take the
approach that you are going to lay this one brick as perfect as you can, then
repeat that day after day until eventually you will have that wall…Don’t get
discouraged by the enormity of the task. Nothing is too great”
This is all to encourage that spirit of desire within. We should be able to see
our better selves in the eyes of our loved ones. If we really appreciate that
image then we will aspire to do more. My growth is a collective pursuit, because
my growth is due to the collective influence of those that love me and those
that don’t understand me (there are no haters).
Live it. Struggle with it. Overcome it. Believe in it. Enjoy it. It is life and
we all are in it briefly. Why be wasteful?
Onajé Malik Lott (King In My Own Mind)