There is a question of whether or not MT(Mike Taylor) will be cut, ride the pine, or be sent to the D-league. It's a valid one for sure, and I hope this is just the beginning of things in the NBA for MT.
I think that Mt has all the tools to be somewhat of a defensive type role player in the mold of Qross for this team, add to that the fact that he is actually more of a scorer than a pure pg, and BD is that type also, then I think this woud definitely be the best oppurtunity for him to be here now and absord as much as possible for BD.
This situation would be more desirable than the Sam/Liv situation we had before. Sam was the worst person for Livingston to learn from, and i think that it stunted his growth the short time that he was actually able to stay healthy. Sam said the right things, but acted differently on the court. It was also spoiling Liv because he kinda knew the teams was to be his sooner than later(so he thought at the time). The environment just wasn't the most conducive to groom a future pg. Sam and Liv were just too diferent in terms of personality and style of play. Maybe it could've worked if it was only one of the two but I think it being both was a bit much.
MT has been through enough already that he seems to have been really humbled by life, and he is having to work for everything.
We spent a 2nd rounder on him, i don't think that the management is ready to just throw that away now even though we just shored up our pg troops for the now. I think they realize now that this is how real teams build for the future especially at the position of pg. You don't throw a guy out there for 2 season and expect him to just get it, you work him in and let him learn hopefully from a good to great pg.
MT is probably one of the most solid picks for this team when you look at the fact that he would have actually been just coming out around this year for the draft, and where he probably would have placed had he stayed in college in a pg weak draft, there would have been no way for the Clips to pick him up that late(probably). You add in the fact that he has had some next level experience winning in the NBDL and I think things are perfect exactly the way they are.
DeAndre and Mike, if they are able to learn from the vets and player in their prime that are around them right now then they will both have futures in this league even if it doesn't mean being a 'star'.
If he makes the team of course.