I am interested in how people rank these layers:
People seem pretty down on Harris but is Collins really all that much better? And where does Porzingis fit in this?
People seem to think Harris could be available for Horford (so essentially nothing). Would Collins be available for Smart?
I'd rank them closely to one another. Guessing these rankings but I expect Tobias Harris is around 10th-12th among PFs, John Collins 12-15th and Porzignis around 15th or lower.
Porzingis could play center where I would rank him as a top 10 center and possibly a top 5 center if he commits more to defense & rebounding. Neither T.Harris or J.Collins has that upside. Then again, neither has his injury risk either. I would stay away from Porzingis.
I guess most are seeing them as having fairly equal value in terms of on court but the contracts are different and I agree that they are different players.
I actually don't see Harris as a "big" (natural position C or PF). I know he often plays the second big for the Sixers but at best he is more of a swing, probably less of a big than say Marcus Morris. Harris is listed at 6'-7". Contract aside, he could fit well for us. He could be the one playing the swing vs. Tatum. I don't see him as the ideal fit for what I feel we need in a big but I think he would help a lot. I doubt we could get him but maybe the Horford-Schroder offer would do it. It is a ton of money but I think we would be very good.
With Collins, I am not sure if he is really a big either. At $23M, it is going to cost us Smart plus more. Other than the contract, I am not sure that Collins would be any better than Harris for us I actually think that I prefer Harris. Neither is really a big, maybe Collins leans a little more that way. But if we have to give up Smart + ? ? ?, I just don't see it.
With Porzingis, he is a natural big. I feel he would be perfect (when healthy) next to RWilliams. He could also be the small ball center (that so many love) or he could be the C with GWilliams or another more PF type. I am thinking that Horford and Schroder plus maybe a pick could get him. It comes down to durability.
Bottom line, probably none of these get done, Harris has a toxic contract, Collins we have to give up too much, and Porzingis there are durability issues. Of these, my first choice would be Porzingis for Horford, Schroder, and a pick some time in the future (not this year).