I would've tried to get Holmes in the deal. He'd fit in nicely given his length, defensive upside, athleticism, ability to stretch the floor, age, salary and our lack of bigs. He's also kind of redundant in Philly. Of course it looks like Danny is trying to avoid bringing back any salary for obvious reasons.
I've also seen a few people who are higher on Yabu than Zizic. They are in love with his wingspan and his range. There was one guy a few months back who took Yabu at 4 in a redraft. I've seen 2 or 3 others slot him in the lottery in a redraft for 2016 too. Where they would have him in the 2017 lottery, I have no idea.
If people think Zizic really would go mid lottery in 2017, where would those people have Jaylen Brown being drafted in the 2017 lottery if you take his rookie year into consideration? We had this discussion earlier somewhere on this board (I love this forum but we really suck at not cross posting) and the consensus was JB would go mid lottery. One poster (Wade Boggs) had him going 3rd, the rest saw him going no higher than 7th.
I guess it shouldn't shock me that there would be people out there that think Zizic is a better or comparable prospect to Jaylen Brown but that's essentially what they are saying. It's also possible those people think Zizic will have a floor of being a 25 minute rotation big but with a limited ceiling while Jaylen Brown has the floor of being out of the league in 2 years and a ceiling of Jimmy Butler. I have a hard time buying into the argument that Zizic has a better floor or ceiling than Jaylen Brown though.
From what I've read on Zizic, he doesn't project to be much better than average on defense and it may take him awhile to get there. He's pretty bad now. That's not really a shock for a young big though. He also has limited range and his passing needs improvement. That sounds like a player who would have done better in the 80s and 90s. Zizic is still young and he's improved his FT shooting every year. If he can extend his range beyond the arc, he obviously becomes a much better fit in today's NBA. He's developed a hook shot so that's good at least. He's supposed to be a really good rebounder but he's not a rim protector. Unless he took a step forward in athleticism last year (he did improve his strength, and that counts as something), I don't see him going mid lottery in 2017 unless there is some type of huge drop off in talent after the top 5 or 6 players. Does he go higher than Zach Collins? I'm not a draft expert but it looks like the 2017 class has a pretty great "2nd tier" too with guys like Malik Monk, Dennis Smith, the aforementioned Zach Collins, Jonathan Issac.