If you want to see a man frustrated watch KD having to put up 30+ shots to keep OKC in the game,series after series, when Westbrook goes 3-30
Does cap space really matter when signing a guy like Durant? I hope MLSE would be willing to go over the cap if they could sign him.
You come at the King, you best not miss.
The nba has a soft cap.
You can only go over it to resign your own players, sign using an exception, or taking back more salary in a trade.
Durant isn't a raptor - strike one.
Durant isn't signing for $5.15m - largest free agent exception.
Durant is unlikely to be willingly traded to the raptors by OKC.
So yes, cap space in 2016 definitely matters.
I think it would be a little foolish to clear cap space by tearing apart your team for a slim chance at Durant. If you can do it without doing something rash like not resigning Lowry (if the asking price is reasonable, which given the lack of teams who need a star point guard, really should be), or trading DeRozan for 90 cents on the dollar (or even I'd say trading him in an even trade would be inadvisable). Tearing apart the team for a 5% chance at Durant would backfire horribly.
It's OK for us fans to dream. I think Masai should play it a little more practically.
One area the Raptors have been brutal in under Colangelo were the middling contracts. You can't have role guys making $4-7M (think: Kleiza and Fields) and you can't have guys like Bargnani, Calderon, and Gay making $10+M.
Way smarter to make moves that help the franchise and build up success. I absolutely am against tearing apart the team for the hope of KD, especially when we don't have to. Contracts are moveable, and there are a bunch of bad teams with cap space. The Warriors, Bulls, Clippers, Pacers, Rockets etc have built really good teams. But if Melo wanted to join the Bulls (possibility) they can move Booz. Warriors could move Bogut and Speights for Monroe, Clippers could move Redick, Crawford, Dudley and Barnes for Melo, Pacers would move Hill, Scola and Copeland for Bledsoe, all those teams would have something approaching max cap space by flipping those guys (with picks attached) to teams with cap space.
Since we're not NY or LA, we can't just assume people will come here, even factoring in the fact that KD grew up a raptors fan. I would much rather see the Raptors making solid moves (Signing a legit SF to backup Ross and replace Salmons's corpse, a C with size and smarts in the tail-end of their career to mentor/spell Val) that improve the team without handing out stupid contracts. Instead of just leaving the Salmons/Hayes money empty, something like 10-12 million for a combo like GV, Okafor/Kaman/O'Neal and Garcia (plus maybe a 10-15 minute SG) gives us a better chance in the playoffs. There's no need to tear the team apart, especially when your key 2 guys are only making about 22-24 mil next year (guessing on KL). Smart short-term role players and movable contracts are what you need. Iggy went to GSW thanks to moved contracts, and Melo might do the same thing in CHI.
On Grantland there's is an article on Salary Structure. Big contracts affect regular season success but Mid contracts affect playoff success. Playoffs are about matchups.
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