Texas Chuck wrote:jbk1234 wrote:Are you at least willing to allow for the possibility that there were multiple teams, with a lot more cap space than the Lakers, who were interested in signing him, as widely reported, or are you hand waving that away as well?Texas Chuck wrote:
I'm not really smart so I'm assuming you are referring to Scoot, but I've explained over and over and over how little I care about age and how little I think Drummond is going to impact games so that's why I don't think its different.
Because the test here isn't whether Chuck thinks Drummond will move the needle, but whether there were other teams who were ready, willing, and able to pay him to try.
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He's a free agent able to sign with the team of his choice. He chose the Lakers over more money. Just like Marc Gasol chose the Lakers over more money this summer. Just like David West did with the Spurs. Just like Wes Matthews did with the Bucks and then the Lakers just like just like just like.
Some problems are tough to fix, others are easier. There will always be guys willing to take a discount to play somewhere they want to be. That's a long term problem for competitive balance, but what are you going to do?
But if guys don't care about money because they are already being paid by another team choose teams solely on the basis of location, that both a bigger problem and an easier fix: you don't let them become UFAs while still under contract with another team, instead you put in place a process to determine who they play with for the period for which they are under contract, just like the NBA did post-amnesty when game-breaking guys like Charlie Bell hit the open market.
The continued existence of another, similar problem isn't an argument against fixing this one.