$60m for 6 years is not over-paying for ben gordon. i was never a huge ben gordon fan, but he is a great compliment to what we have and a top 3 sixth man in the league.
if we lock him up at that price, we get him and luol for about $130 mil (just more than the magic are paying for rashard lewis). i'll take gordon and deng 10 times out of 10 over rashard.
we would have some great pieces in place ...
1 - derrick rose
2 - ?
3 - luol
4 - ty thomas
5 - ?
with only a little work (and perhaps a lot of money) needed to be a legit title contender.
gordon is a great compliment to rose. he can nail 3s, so he'll be great as the wing player in a pick and roll offense, and great as a trailer when the bulls try to play uptempo (those are the supposed plans of VDN).
to round out that core of players, i think we have to look to the FA class of 2010 (along with the rest of the league) ...
my vote would be to throw coin at c-bosh. the dood looks like a velocaraptor, but can definitely play. we'd have big bodies to play around him (noah and aaron gray), and we'd have a top 5 player at 2 positions (pg and center), a top 10 at small forward, and a top 3 at sixth man.
oops, gordon to take qo?
ty thomas - breakout season? (hopefully)
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