Go with Karl Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor at # 2. If we get Towns, I still pursue Gasol or Jordan. Since Towns can play the 4 & 5, we could have Randle, Towns & Gasol getting pretty much all minutes at the 4 & 5, and just punishing teams down low. If Okafor, that option isn't there for us because Okafor is a Center only, it wouldn't work. But I think it's unlikely anyways.
Then trade up to 20 with the Raptors using pick 27 & 34. Willing to include Sacre, Brown. Would be willing to accept Jordan Hill's Team Option to include him in the trade (Raptors may want him considering Amir Johnson will likely go for above $10mil a year). Maybe Kelly, If need be. Have to take a wing player. At 20 I'd take Justin Anderson - Virginia, he has the highest ceiling out of guys at that spot (Hollis-Jefferson, Hunter, Vaughn & Martin). Anderson was also screwed by Virginia's painfully slow pace, so his per game stats are not great, but he did post a really good PER in comparison to those guys. Jerian Grant is currently 21st to Dallas, I liked his game during the Tourny, not sure we should pick a PG, but he is a fun player to watch.
Going into Free Agency:
Okafor or Towns
11th & 12th men
10 guys $23.040 mil in cap space.
Chase all of the restricted Free Agents (Butler, Kawhi, Draymond, Tobias, Middleton). Come back with one of them, all fit, all in places we could use. 25% max = $16.775mil. First 3 will get a max, maybe we could get Tobias or Middleton for $15mil. But worst case, they are all maxed. Tobias is most attainable, with Magic at #5, and the 2 Cs & PGs as the likely choices 1-4, it leaves WCS & Winslow. Unless they want to part with Vucevic, and they shouldn't, they have to go Winslow. That makes it iffy that they match $15mil and up for Winslow.
Leaves us with $6.265 left in cap space. We still have a needs in 3 places on the bench backup PG, a 3 & D guy, and a big. And that's where the fun comes in to try and make money work.
Have guys like Rondo & Beverley at the PG spot. I guess Jeremy Lin again
Have guys like Danny Green, Iman Shumpert, Al Faroq-Aminu. Maybe Wes Matthews, if you're willing to take a complete lose on that first year of contract.
Then at the bigs spot you have Ed Davis & Jordan Hill.
Also for the $1.7mil Room Exception you have Wayne Ellington maybe, and although I have no idea what their market will be draft flameouts; Thomas Robinson III & Derrick Williams.
To get one of the role players we need, we could trade Ryan Kelly for a 2nd round pick, and have $7.5mil. I like Kelly and think he could be a good piece for us, but if he stands in the way of a better role player, have to let him go. Also could cut Jabari Brown (likely of the 2) and open up another $300K, or Sacre for $440K. You can replace Brown & Sacre fairly easily. Well most of Sacre, you'll never replace his celebrations.
Probably not a playoff team, but most certainly high 30s wins to .500 team if they over-achieve. Then go into 2016 with a team looking for a ring.Edited by Essential1 - 5/21/15 at 6:11pm