It depends on if you want to be a contender. (see the movie On the Waterfront) We've watched Kobe, LBJ, Mello, MJ, Magic etc etc take over a game and win by sheer willpower and superhuman talent. Remember when LBJ singlehandedly overcame a 19 pt deficit to beat us? That's what we need to be contenders.
I agree this is a factor that separates Kobe, Lebron, and a few others from the rest of the pack. The problem is that all of Lebrons "superhuman talents" are known and studied by the rest of the league as well, so they are all waiting for July 1 to make an offer.
Iggy, Gay or JJ, EJ, BD, BG, DJ, CK can't do that
Actually one of the first three guys you mentioned would be a good acquisition because they are most likely what's going to be left after July 8. Chicago pulled off something extraordinary a few days ago. By trading away Kirk Hinrich they cleared up enough cap space to potentially offer Lebron James and Chris Bosh a contract. To me that shows that they are really serious about getting Lebron, where as we have not done any such move this offseason. However, even if we did something drastic like trade Kaman or trade Baron I would think it would be in vain. The Clippers have a negative stereotype to live down, and until we get our team back into the playoffs no big name free agent is going to look at this team as a favorable destination.
We have no valid #1 option now.
This is where we do agree. At present I think we are lackinga #1 option...a guy who can score in the 20's and put up 10 boards or 10 assists. We do however have a very good second option in Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon's numbers are good as well and he could be our third best option, Baron Davis' performance probably ranks as the fourth best option on playoff team. Still, what's unique about this situation is that we can have a potential #1 option...Blake Griffin. Blake was highly touted before the draft, and every expert expected him to become an instant star. After watching his numbers in the summer league (i think they were something like 16 PPG, 8RPG) I think the hype was very accurate. The problem is that we have to wait for our #1 guy to grow into the role, so expect him to be there about 2-3 years.
Gay, Iggy or JJ ain't what we need to plug the hole.
Again we will probably have to pick from the left overs in free agency so these guys are what we need at the moment...at least until we have made a successful playoff appearance and the rest of the league sees that we are finally going to commit to winning.
If our team had had time to develop it's full potential LBJ would be beating down the door. serious about winning.
True, but sadly he becomes a free agent when we have all all the right peices but not the right expereince
What if we have a team that big people want to play for and are stuck with a so-so SF with a big contract? You've got a first or at best second round PO team. Right now we're s*cking hind t*t.
Well, we kind of already have that problem except we have a so-so point guard with a big contract, not a so-so SF.