If Wiggins is available at 2 I think the Bucks have to take him. He has the highest ceiling, and plays defense hard. In a completely outside the box scenario what do you think of this? Trade Mayo and Pachulia for Josh Smith (it works on ESPN trade machine). Pistons get 2 big contracts but for one less year remaining than Josh Smith’s. One monster contract is harder for them to move than 2 smaller ones separately. This also open the power forward spot for the Pistons so they can resign Monroe long-term. The Bucks do it so they can get some scoring in their line-up, and Larry Drew and Josh Smith have some history. Smith saw that the grass is not always greener in Detroit, so maybe a reunion would fit for him. He would love to go back to PF from SF and be at the position he earned the big contract at. Instead of Jabari at PF, the Bucks get Wiggins, and still have scoring at the PF position. I’d hate to get a top pick and pick Jabari if he is not going to be a great defender, and both he and Wiggins have huge up-side in scoring. Here is what the depth chart looks like if this happened:
1 Knight (backed by Wolters)
2 Wiggins (backed by Delfino)
3 Middleton (backed by Giannis)
4 Smith (backed by Ilyasova)
5 Sanders (backed by Henson)
That puts scorers, shooters, defenders, and slashers in both the first and second-string line-ups. How do you think that line-up would do? I think it would do well next year and add some excitement, while still having loads of young talent for the future. It would also be young talent that can play defense, so maybe they can contend some day. It is also flexible as many players can play multiple positions so they could cover up injuries well. I know Josh Smith is a wild card, but he would be somewhat featured, which should appeal to his ego. He had success with Drew in Atlanta. Also, the new owners would probably not like to sit through a season like the last one, but still have a bright future. This might accomplish both for them. We have an arena to build, so the sooner we get some buzz around the team the better.