Another article previewing the Northwest division.
Denver Nuggets Free Agents: Corey Brewer and Timofey Mozgof. Andre Igguodala=PO Potentially freeing up 10 million in cap Draft Pick: 27
General: This team is probably the most entertaining team to watch in the NBA. Most people might disagree with this but I believe you should replace Ty Lawson. He is a terrific player but his size will always be an issue. He has termendous value and could help you reel in an elite point guard. I would seriously consider upgrading him to a player like Deron Williams, Tony Parker or Chris Paul. Another problem with this team is the lack of a post presence. Kenneth Faried is amazing but can't really score under the basket consistently. Overall the team has too much perimeter scoring but not enough interior scoring.
Draft: Tony Mitchell, Mason Plumlee, Jamal Franklin or you should consider trading up for someone like Dennis Schroeder
Free Agency: Not much to do in free agency, but you might want to consider replacing a few wings if Iguodala leaves and you can't bring back Brewer. Might want to also remember that Gallinari is injured so wings would be a must in FA. A player that could help would also be Paul Milsap if you don't draft a big
Minneosta T-wolves Free Agents: Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Roy, Chase Budinger Potentially freeing up 16 mil with TO Draft picks: 9 26 52 59
General: This team is not far from being serious players in the Western conference. Right away that stands out is a lack of a scoring threat from the perimeter. I would do everything in my ability to bring in a pure shooting and scoring shooting guard. Later you could bring in a versatile defender at the 3 if you don't plan on keeping Kirilenko. Must also work on bringing back Pekovic. This team has a nice lineup and should use Shved as a 6th man. The bench needs some work and moving Shved there would improve the bench.
Draft: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, CJ McCollum or Shabazz Muhammad. No one else should be considered here. Unless someone falls from the top 5, those should be your guys, most preferably KCP.
Free Agency: O.J. Mayo could be a guy if you don't bring in KCP. Work hard on retaining Pekovic. Use your money wisely to bring in a couple guys to produce off the bench
Okalahoma City Thunder Free Agent: Kevin Martin Potentially freeing up 14 mil Draft Pick: 12, 29, 32
General: Not much to say about this team but they need to improve the center position. Another spot they can improve is the shooting guard position. Kevin Martin can be their 6th man and you can work on in bringing in a better starter.
Draft: Steven Adams, Cody Zeller, KCP, Shabazz Muhammad, or CJ McCollum. Depends what you plan on doing in FA and via trades
Free Agency: OJ Mayo, J.R. Smith, or Pekovic. This team could use a few reliable scorers off the bench as well thats why moving Martin there would be useful. I know he comes off the bench already but that means Thabo starts and you don't want to put the burden all on Durant and Westbrook. Not sure where Lamb's development is that is why I am saying bringing in another shooting guard would be nice. Another direction can be bringing in more big bodies because Thabeet is not a very good backup.
Portland Trailblazers Free Agent: J.J Hickson Potentially freeing up 9 mil with TO Draft Picks: 10 39 40 45
General: This team is super exciting. Lamarcus Aldridge wants out but I recommend you keep him. The Trailblazers have the worst bench in NBA history so you might want to consider moving Hickson's contract for a few solid bench players before FA. Targetting a long term solution at the shooting guard position would be nice, moving Mathews to an off the bench 6th man role. This team also needs a defensive minded center, wouldn't mind moving a draft pick for that center or moving Mathews.
Draft: Steven Adams, CJ McCollum, Shabazz Muhammad, Cody Zeller, or KCP
Free Agency: Look to bring in a long term shooting guard if not drafted. Look into all the centers such as, Pekovic, Andrew Bynum or even Al Jefferson if you want to move Aldridge. All of this relies on if you create cap but once that is done work on using your later draft picks and remaining cap to sign 3-4 bench players. Bringing in a veteran backup point guard should be something you should explore
**Utah Jazz Free Agents: Mo Williams, Randy Foye, Al Jefferson, and Paul Milsap Potentially freeing up: 35 mil Draft Picks: 14 21, 46
General: This team has depth at the big man position. With Jefferson and Milsap off the books you would be wise to work hard at keeping only Jefferson. If you don't believe Kanter can be a 30 minute a game starter then you need Jefferson back. Favors on the other hand can play starter minutes. I think you should work on bringing in veteran backup big men to coach these guys up. The wing play is nice with Burks and Hayward but neither stand out. I would move Hayward to the shooting guard position and bring in a strong defensive small forward and I would use Milsap's contract to do that...MKG is an option. Another desperate need is the point guard position and this position must be addressed in the draft.
Draft: Trey Burke, Michael Carter-Williams, CJ McCollum or Dennis Schroeder. If you can't trade up to get Burke(should be top priority over any player) and none of the other point guards are available, then trade down and take Schroeder or Larkin.
Free Agency: Need a bench, veteran backup big men and a nice wing player at the 2 or 3. This is obviously a priority AFTER bringing in a starting point guard