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Old 07-05-2016, 07:11 AM   #706
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Until a team offers them an obscene amount and they leave?
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Until a team offers them an obscene amount and they leave?
In most cases, the team that owns the rights to the player can offer more money than other teams. In any case, the NBA has max salaries, and superstars like Durant are underpaid relative to the rest of the league. Money is a moot point, everyone is offering similar amounts. A guy like Durant or Lebron doesn't leave because of money, he leaves because he prefers another team's situation (be it playing with his friends, going to a title contender, moving from Oklahoma City to the Bay Area). Lebron actually left some money on the table to go to Miami.
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What is a "soft cap"? And are there restrictions imposed on third-party deals? Or can a club get a player over the line with a gigantic sponsorship deal?
The most fundamental aspect of the soft cap is that you are allowed to go over the salary cap to re-sign a player already on your roster. There are also a number of "exceptions" that give teams flexibility to continue to operate even as they run up to the cap.
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Does anybody else think the draft should be held AFTER free agency starts? I think back to the Miami Heat, who drafted Shabazz Napier to appease LeBron, only to see him go back to Cleveland two years ago. If they had known he was leaving, they likely would have handled the draft differently. Perhaps this might help some of the smaller market clubs, like OKC, who could better prepare for the sudden departure of their star players.
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Drafting first and having free agency second guarantees you know exactly what you need out of FA. I think the LeBron case is a little special.
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Yeah, I mean, the flipside of that coin is what the Eagles did, locking up Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel before they knew they'd have the opportunity to move up to 2 to take Carson Wentz. There are issues with either way of doing things.
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I think they should just rip off the band aid, split the league in 2 and go full on European soccer model complete with promotion and relegation, and the elimination of the draft and our sham grassroots and college systems.

But I'm just a caveman.
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The Knicks signed a Lithuanian guy called Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who was playing in a team called Darussafaka Dogu in Turkey. Sorry, folks, they've won the name offseason.

Now they need to find an Estonian center and form the Baltics Big Three.
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I think they should just rip off the band aid, split the league in 2 and go full on European soccer model complete with promotion and relegation, and the elimination of the draft and our sham grassroots and college systems.

But I'm just a caveman.
I don't know the NBA rules like I do NFL, but do the Thunder receive any kind of compensation for losing KD? Like how the NFL does compensation picks?

Not saying that would solve everything but wondering if the NBA could at least learn a couple of things from the NFL.

But then again, the team that just won the Super Bowl was primarily built through Free Agency when you look at many of the key pieces. But at least generally, building thru the draft is usually the way to go in the NFL when it comes to establishing long term success.

Back to the NBA, as a spectator, Super Teams are fun. But when you're a fan of a team like the Bucks, and you know that the chances of ever having someone like KD consider signing with your team is slim to none, it's a bit demoralizing.
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The Knicks signed a Lithuanian guy called Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who was playing in a team called Darussafaka Dogu in Turkey. Sorry, folks, they've won the name offseason.

Now they need to find an Estonian center and form the Baltics Big Three.
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I don't know the NBA rules like I do NFL, but do the Thunder receive any kind of compensation for losing KD? Like how the NFL does compensation picks?

Not saying that would solve everything but wondering if the NBA could at least learn a couple of things from the NFL.

But then again, the team that just won the Super Bowl was primarily built through Free Agency when you look at many of the key pieces. But at least generally, building thru the draft is usually the way to go in the NFL when it comes to establishing long term success.

Back to the NBA, as a spectator, Super Teams are fun. But when you're a fan of a team like the Bucks, and you know that the chances of ever having someone like KD consider signing with your team is slim to none, it's a bit demoralizing.
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It's why teams often try and work out a sign and trade deal once they know a player is gone... just to try and get something of value in return. Doesn't look like that will happen in this case.
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I'm irrationally excited about Hernangomez. Hopefully we get to see him play for Spain next month.
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It's why teams often try and work out a sign and trade deal once they know a player is gone... just to try and get something of value in return. Doesn't look like that will happen in this case.
Yikes! Even a franchise tag could really benefit the teams in this situation.
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What the hell are the Bulls doing? Signing Wade looks like a pretty bad move for that team.
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I mean at the very least, a playoff appearance helps attract free agents.

Fuckin' Wade. I get why he did it and all, but still. Him taking a discount historically is his own doing. I side with management on this one... his departure is a cap blessing in disguise. He can go tarnish his own legacy, whatever.
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