Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see how they approach filling his role once he eventually does ride off into the sunset.
Since the other starters are locked down for a few years, they could make it a priority to develop a PF/stretch-5 type through the draft. However, if things play out according to plan, they may not enjoy much draft capital in the coming years.
Interestingly, for whatever reason, it does feel like this has been an easier skill set than others to address in the market of aging players who are looking for a chance to win a ring and/or a good fit. Think about all the PJ Brown-type guys we've seen over the years on winning teams, and the availability of guys like Carmelo, Blake, Boogie, etc year after year— not to mention Al himself. Some of these guys are obviously better than others, and most are a far cry from what Al is giving them in this playoff run. But it will be interesting to see if the team takes a low-cost, mix-and-match "value" approach to this position, given the amount of salary that will be tied up in their homegrown players moving forward.