Right now I'd pull the trigger for Cousins or Love , in a NEW YORK sec. we look so old and near dead
I would not for Love. Good player on a bad team syndrome. Love IMHO does not have the offensive talent to be a go-to scorer for a contending team. He's a volume shooter who puts points on the board via a high number of shot attempts, but he has no post up game and his jump shot is nowhere near as impressive as people seem to believe (check his shooting percentages from three and midrange, you'll see what I mean).
Cousins is IMHO a far more versatile player offensive and is capable of scoring in the post or with the jump shot. He's more athletic then Love and physically stronger as well. Much more upside IMO. I don't believe replacing Rondo with Kevin Love would make this team any better at all.
Wow, Kevin Love would be very interesting. Alongside KG. The offensive punch of those two together. The rebounding upgrade for the team.
The team could start Avery Bradley in Rondo's stead. Maybe Terry alongside him in a two guard backcourt. Very different type of offensive team. A PG centric to a non-PG centric offense overnight. Run the offense through the big men in the high post. Pierce on the wing as a secondary playmaker. Terry as an additional creator off the dribble. Workable.
Anyway ... Minnesota would never trade Love for Rondo. They have Rubio.
Agreed -- likely a fruitless endeavor unless a third team gets involved (who inevitably would want Love over Rondo anyway).
By the way, there's a lot of talk in this thread about Rondo being a 'superstar' and a 'top 10 player'. There's also been talk about him as an MVP candidate around the blog.
There are a number of reasons why this is a myth, most notably you can't go to him in the 4th quarter -- the combination of poor shooting and inability to make FTs (and therefore go to the basket in crunchtime) being a big one.
(Side note: This is a big reason we see those frustrating Pierce heaves at the end of games... Rondo's hesitant to push for more of those shots / plays -- despite all the talk of this now being his team -- because he doesn't really want them.)
Rondo is an excellent player, but this thread as I understand it is about his value in the market. And to this point, he would have a very
hard time cracking the top 10 players NBA GMs would trade for.
Jeff -- Minny says no, but I'd say yes!