Blog Question

“Marcus, I’m probably the first to point this out. If we do keep Wright, it still makes a whole lot of sense. We’re going to be seeing a lot of Kevin Durant over the next 10 years or so (4 times a season). Wright matches up with Durant in terms of length and athleticism and could be a good match up on defense. If Marion gets moved, the Suns have no one who can guard Durant. Lakers? No. Kings? No. Clippers? No. Nuggets? No. Do you think acquiring Wright was influenced by Durant being in the same conference?”
– EJ

I think you are the first to point that out, I’m just not sure how much that factored in. Sure, Durant will be a hard match-up. But Seattle isn’t good enough yet to be acquire players specifically for them. Phoenix got Kurt Thomas to match-up against San Antonio, but they knew they had to get through the Spurs to get to where they need to go. The Sonics aren’t that.
Plus, I like Jax chances of guarding Durant. He did a great job on Dirk, and as good as Durant is, he’s going to have to learn some tricks and veteran insight before he just becomes unstoppable. Jax is pretty cagey and he’s long like Durant, plus stronger then Durant. Assuredly, Wright figures to be a good match-up with Durant, but that’s more of a bi-product than a reason for taken him. If Durant headed East, I think Mullin would’ve still taken Wright.

Marcus Thompson

  • manhattanproj

    blog question: would you go after either rashard lewis or gerald wallace at the right price? i like wallace. he fits in well with w’s game and he fills a need in the rebounding, blocks, and defense dept. he also likes to drive which is a nice change of pace from the 3s. but i dont think he’s worth 10mil a year. lewis is probably more expensive because he is polished. he can be the reliable deep threat that w’s need. but both are very injured-prone. so would you go after them at the right price if you were mullin?

  • commish

    I know you prefer blog questions at your work address: mthompson2@cctimes.com
    but related to your post about Wright being able to defend Durant given time; but,in your opinion, do you think Wright will start this coming season as a Warrior or be part of a trade for KG or Yi?