Prokorov wrote:Suwanee wrote:Prokorov wrote:
good. trading him would be a colossal mistake.
Worst case... Having his 40 million come off the books allows us to keep Harden/KD for the duration of their extensions without the tax making that impossible
Best cae, he comes back and we are huge title favorites.
So now you’re worried about the owner’s pocket? Who are you? His accountant?
Losing Kyrie for nothing will be an absolute disaster. Even if he comes off the books we are still over the cap. It’s not like we can use that cap space to sign another big time free agent. So what’s the point? How does the team improve?
And worse yet, Harden hasn’t signed his extension yet. If the Nets lose Kyrie and have no room to improve, you can probably kiss Harden goodbye too.
You now whats worse then losing kyrie for nothing? losing KD/Harden for anything. The repeater tax is exponential to the point where even billionaires cant keep up. if we maxed all 3 guys in 1-2 years one would have to go or a decision would need to be made. those 3 alone put you in the tax on their extensiions year 2.
Prok is right, the downstream effects of signing 3 veteran (10+yr) max contracts is cost prohibitive to adding quality depth around them. It's not that I care whether Tsai pays the tax, it's just unrealistic to expect him or any governor to pay $400mil in tax penalties for a $200mil roster. There's no amount of TV revenue, jersey sales or sponsorships to counterbalance that type of profligate spending. If we max The Big 3, we have to abandon the thought of retaining guys like Brown and Claxton at market value. To do that, we have to be 100% certain that all 3 are committed to this team.