It can be looked at as X + 1 years guaranteed vs 1 year guaranteed.
Its not impossible he opts in to his final year and then looks to get another contract. His final year is quite a bit of money after all. But a season can mean a career in the NBA - an injury or having an off year could drastically effect his next contract.
I'm fine with this signing... We're talking about the end of a bench. Just glad to see that we aren't paying a premium for "veteran leadership" and all that BS. Give me youth and financial flexibility, we're in no position to need more veterans.
Did our bench get stronger, weaker or remain the same this summer? Also, does anyone think all these short contracts coming off the books at the same time mean that Masai might be targeting someone specific in free agency?
Do you not pay attention to free agency? Players ALWAYS opt out of player options unless they had a terrible season or injury the year before, or they're quite old. Even if they KNOW they're not going to make as much money the next year, it's better to lock in 4 years of guaranteed $$$ than risk injury just to make 3M extra one season.
Andre Iguodala was set to make 16M next year if he didn't opt out. He did so that he could get a guaranteed 48M locked up for the next 4 years. Why? What happens if he goes into 2013-14 and tears his ACL? Or regresses immensely? He'd have a hard time getting long-term money.
That is why LBJ, Melo, Wade and Bosh will ALL opt out next year despite being set to make 19-20M+ in salary. Please pay attention to FA before commenting on it.
Last edited by Xixak; Wed Jul 31st, 2013 at 09:57 AM.
You don't just throw away players because you want to tank and then get burned when you get a mid-level talent and half your roster is gone.
You don't get rid of guys to clear cap so you can grab one player, only to watch him sign elsewhere.
You don't sign average players to big deals in order to make a playoff push, only to watch that team miss the playoffs with your flexibility gone.
You take a cerebral, calculated approach and leave all avenues open and take advantage of the best opportunities when they arise.
Masai Ujiri's giving Coach Casey all the possible options, no excuses coach.
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A lot of analysis here about our new 15th man
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I like the way MU approaches the end of his bench, especially compared to BC's approach. MU has already stacked every position with young players, like he did in Denver, as opposed to filling the bench with washed-up scrubs in the name of 'veteran presence'. I wouldn't be suprised to see Q-Rich eventually traded/waived, with the 15th roster spot used to sign a young 3rd string C.
C: Gray, TBD
PF: Hansborough, Acy (22)
SF: Novak, Daye (25)
SG: Ross (22), Fields (25)
PG: Augustin (25), Buycks (24)
PF: Bargnani, Acy
SF: Anderson (30), Kleiza (28), Pietrus (31)
SG: Ross, Fields
PG: Lucas (30), Telfair (28)
Last edited by CalgaryRapsFan; Wed Jul 31st, 2013 at 10:24 AM.
With Amir capable of playing C and JV and Gray both being C's, I don't see a third string C being signed unless there is an injury.
Personally, I think Richardson is told to stay home and he is kept on the roster as a piece to help facilitate a possible trade under CBA rules or he might be waived to allow the Raptors to trade for 2for1 or 3for2 type deals.
When he is waived is unknown but I think we can all be certain he is not going to be on the team come January 1st.
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Basketball has clear winners every night --except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance.
Leaves us with a very young and nicely balanced lineup of:
PG: Lowry (27), Augustin (25), Buycks (24)
SG: DeRozan (23), Ross (22), Fields (25)
SF: Gay (26), Novak (30), Daye (25)
PF: Amir (26), Hansbrough (27), Acy (22)
C: Valanciunas (21), Gray (28), Aldrich (24)
Average Age: 25
Which would make us one of the youngest teams in the league (youngest last year was Houston at 23.7
This is a more sustainable model...build the base/core and then acquire the finisher/s. F/a s are more amenable to sign on under these conditions.
All 3pointer lineup:
Lowry - 36%
Ross - 33%
Gay - 34%
Novak - 43%
Daye - 42%
The Baltic Beast is unstoppable!
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