Another offseason, another chance to play PASPN Mock GM!
Fortunately, there are many ways to play this game and its completely up to you how you want to play if you are managing your own team. Whether you want to choose a team and break it up to rebuild, or add pieces to contend for a championship or even think of it financially its all possible when playing this game. Compete with other GM's and sport agents in your league worldwide and try to build the best team that suits your team's current situation. Even though its completely up to you how to play the game, some methods are better than others. Some teams are just built differently, although, you are welcomed to challenge yourself, if you're not looking to add pressure to yourself then this article can be a helpful tool. This piece will be a central division preview, if you want to a choose a team from this division then you might want to continue reading. I played this game for six years and this will be my seventh, you can consider me a veteran allowing you to pick my brain, take advantage of this because I won't be so generous when the game begins.
**HOT team to take over this offseason
Chicago Bulls: Draft Picks: 20, 49 Free Agents: Nate Robinson, Marco Belineli, Nazr Mohammed, Vladamir Radmanovic, and Dequan Cook. Potentially freeing up a little north of 3million in cap.
General: Very simple team to manage,this team is not looking to have tons of cap but its clear, they are one piece away from being the best team in the league. It is not wise to break this team up and rebuild unless you want to challenge yourself. They're core stars are already young so it would make little sense. A GM looking to improve this roster would want to bolster the bench, perhaps bring in shooters off the bench, consider resigning Belineli if the agent is reasonable. Another big move could be replacing Carlos Boozer, for a younger big man that has a more consistent post game. Using current and future draft picks could be helpful, trading little Nate Robinson could also work in your favor because he will bring nice value and he might be expensive to resign.
Draft: If you are looking to get involved on draft day, having a hard time moving up? Tim Hardaway Jr. Allen Crabbe, Gorgui Dieng, and Jamaal Franklin could be nice options for your bench. With the departure of Mohammed, a backup big would be wise. Another option other than a shooter or a big could be bringing in a solid backup point guard if you aren't confident in Teague.
Free Agency: Would be wise to target shooters, big men or one solid point guard. Basically whatever position was not covered in the draft. Not wise to spend a lot because this team already has an established identity, a few key pickups should get the job done.
Free Agents: Too many to list, but the key ones are: Luke Walton and Daniel Gibson Potentially having anywhere over 20 million In cap depending on who is retained. Draft Picks: 1, 19, 31, 33
General: This team has the franchise centerpiece with Kyrie Irving. They paired him with Dion Waiters in the backcourt which was a smart move. They also have a promising power forward with Tristian Thompson. There are still glaring needs on this roster: a bench, the small forward position and the center position. Tyler Zeller doesn't have much room to improve and he is not a starting center material. The center position must be addressed first and foremost. Second is an athletic defensive wing, the scoring is already going to be taken care of, but someone needs to play defense, right? Lastly, a bench could be taken care of in free agency and the draft. The Cavaliers would be able to get amazing trading value with teams looking for cap relief. Whoever manages the Cavaliers should attack the weakest link and take advantage of teams in debt, you can easily offer them cap flexibility for talent in return. This team would be a team looking to contend in a few years max if the right pieces are brought in, wouldn't be wise to rebuild, since the team is already rebuilding. The draft picks should also add value on draft day as many GM's would be eager to get involved, use it for leverage!
Draft: At number one, no one knows who the right pick is but if it were up to me I would monitor Alex Len, Otto Porter and Nerlens Noel. No one else would make sense! The next closest match could be Mclemore if you decide Waiters is better suited for the 6th man role. If I had to make one pick today, it would be Porter. I see Len as too much as a project and won't be ready right away. As for Noel, I don't believe he will ever be a two-way player. I feel as if Porter would contribute right away and would fill a need from day one. Those considering to draft Len or Noel, keep in mind their injuries! As for the later picks, I would probably trade most of them, a team won't be too successful with 3 rookies off the bench, the team needs to veteran help. I would consider keeping picks 31 and 33 and tossing 19 because it can get you some value only on draft day(GM's eager to draft).
Free Agency: Veteran help! Needs a few veterans off the bench that can help right away. Possibly a center if this is not addressed in the draft, Andrew Bynum? With so much flexibility this manager has to avoid agents that are looking for money, reality is agents will try to suck the money out of teams like this. Be aware, I've played this game before!
**Detroit Pistons Free Agents: Will Bynum, Jason Maxiel, Corey Maggette, and Jose Calderon Potentially having between 20-25 million Draft: 8, 37, 56
General: This team has three pieces and they're very obvious. Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Brandon Knight. No one quiet knows which one of the three will be the team's star. I personally think it'll be Drummond in the future but as of now its Monroe. Whoever manages this team would be making a HUGE mistake if Monroe and Drummond aren't the starting big men. Those two must be off the block! Unless you're being offered someone like Kevin Love for Monroe, then take him off the block(must repeat). Drummond should be one of the most valuable centers in the league and he should not be discussed in any trades unless you are getting ridiculous value back. Not even the first pick in the draft is close to enough to get Drummonds off your hands. As for Knight, yeah, we know he's not a point guard. This guy could have gone to Harvard after high school, we know he has a high IQ and we knows he's a high quality guy. Do you believe Mo Cheeks could make him a point guard? If you do, sail the ship with Knight, if not move him to shooting guard or to play the 6th man role. Another option in which I am against, is to trade him. A team looking to play him shooting guard would be wise bringing in a bigger point guard or a point guard that is good defensively. Outside of the core, this team is also a few pieces away from contending, they desperately need athletic wings and scorers, most preferably shooters to stretch the floor. Players like Danny Granger(will be a cheap get and expires after the upcoming season), Andre Iguodala would be nice pickups. WINGS, WINGS, WINGS!
Draft: Michael Carter- Williams should be on top of your big board at 8. Moving Knight to the two while maintaining size and defense in the backcourt. Unless someone like Bennett falls, MCW should be at the top, next could be Pope or Shabazz if you believe in Knight being a one. At 38, a backup point or a backup big man if you don't want to retain Maxiell or Bynum.
Free Agency: Target athletic wings like Tony Allen or Corey Brewer. Wings that can either defend or shoot, most preferably veterans looking to take an off the bench role. O.J. Mayo is another option but if he wants over 7-8 million then stay away from another Ben Gordon pick up.
Free Agents: David West, DJ Augustine and Sam Young Potentially freeing up around 15 million. Draft: 23, 53
General: This team is definitely on the brink of a winning a championship. With the potential departure of David West, it would be wise to trade him before his contract expires or attempt to resign him but not more than what he made this year since he is getting older. A team looking to replace west would need to bring in a big that can stretch the floor, Chris Bosh is a very intriguing option. Another big need for this team is backcourt help, I am not convinced George Hill can be the point guard. I like the idea of trading for O.J. Mayo then resigning him. They didn't have much perimeter scoring outside of Paul George, and he needs a compliment especially if you're not convinced that Granger is healthy enough. Granger can be a nice trading chip, but this team should go after guards that can score the basketball and manage the tempo. Not really much left to say about this team but adding some depth which a lot of teams need.
Draft: Crabbe, Hardaway or the kid from Greece could all help(he's a ball handler at 6'9)
Free Agency: Nate Robinson? hopefully Chicago doesn't resign him, if fortunate enough to have tons of cap maybe signing Mayo then attempting to resign West ONLY after signing whoever you want because there is no restriction on resigning you're own player to bird rights. Use up your cap first then resign your current guys.
Free Agents: Samuel Dalembert, Mike Dunleavy, Potentially Monte Ellis, and JJ Reddick Potentially freeing up about 27 million with Monte Ellis leaving(not sure how the game handles early termination). Draft: 15, 43
General: This team is a mess, they have a nice front line especially with the up and coming Larry Sanders. Ersan Ilysova is also a nice pick and pop stretch four. Not sure why anyone who would handle this team would consider trading anyone of the two unless you get a clear upgrade, but it seems as if the two compliment each other. If I were to trade one it would be Sanders, maybe a pure post up big man that can also defend. Packaging up Sanders and Ellis for an elite center would work beautifully. Ellis and Jennings are not a nice backcourt, they're short and can't defend. Ellis should be the first guy off this team and I'd stick with Jennings because he's so young. If you can't replace Ellis then simply resign Reddick. Doing that would mean you'd need a defensive 3 which shouldn't be hard to bring in. I don't see why anyone would break up this team but if you really don't like it then break it up! No one is really worth keeping but this team isn't hard to fix either. I'd stick with the core and work around Jennings and Ilyasova. As much as I love Sanders and I would recommend keeping him, it would be look sexier if Milwaukee had a big man that score down low, seems like they have too much perimeter scoring. Address the interior!
Draft: Anyone of the centers would be nice here. However, I'd wait to see if someone falls like Pope or Shabazz which I doubt. If one of the two falls then its a no brainer that they should be the pick. I'd also look into Shcroder or Larkin because they might be better prospects than the big men. You can almost draft anything here at 15.
Free Agency: Look for a cheap yet solid replacement for Ellis, don't over spend! Jennings is a scoring machine remember that. Bring in players that score in the post because none of their big men can score. You would be making a mistake just to sign big men that are considered to be bodies, remember Henson was drafting last year. Milwaukee is a small market team and whoever takes this team will have a hard time bringing in a top notch free agency. DON'T RELY ON FREE AGENCY TO BUILD YOUR TEAM. MUST DO IT WITH TRADES.