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Re: Around the NBA: 2018/2019 edition 

Post#1681 » by tiderulz » Tue May 21, 2019 6:44 pm

pepe1991 wrote:
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yea, every year board finds some dude to blow over proportion and paint him as saviour.
Rozier, Vleet and now Oubre in last 2 years

yeah, how did Orlando ever figure out that McGrady was going to blow up. Or Jermaine Oneal. you scour other teams to see if a player might have ability but be in a bad situation.

Instead of crapping on other peoples ideas all the time, why not propose your own players that fit this bill?


Danny Green. Fits wingspan agenda. Great shooter, would make Evan expendable.
Bojan Bogdanovic- super effective scorer and spot up shooter.
JJ Redick - stick him off bench, give him 20 min, let him come of hornes and double screens. bullseye. At this stage better value for money than Ross and his projected $ 12-14M a year
Rudy Gay. Can start him. Can play him off bench. Gives you lenght , size, outside shot and ability to play smallball.
Ariza, off bench for right price still better value than Iwundu. Can start him if needed.
Jeremy Lamb- younger Ross.
Taj Gipson - should be cheap, gives you respectful veteran. PF backup is position of need anyway.
Wes Matthews- older vet, just like Taj, should give you vet presence.
KCP- at times solid defender, at times solid shooter. would not break bank for him ,but still solid player for right price.
Rodney Hood- should be cost effective Ross replacment.
Wayne Elington- same as Hood.
DeMarre Carroll - cost effective vet.


You have to understand two things:
- this is bad free agency
- you don't have much money to spend

In that situation it's better to not do anything crazy than spend $15-20 M for Suns part time starter Kelly Oubre or Celtics full time clown Terry Rozier .

Magic are in positoin where exploring trade value of guys like Bogdan Bogdanovic ( Kings one), Lavine, Malik Beasley or Brogdon (or even George Hill as cheaper version ) makes more sense than flat out chasing Vuc and Ross replacments. Most of FA are 25+ years old , ones who are yougner are UFA because they probably sucked or still suck.

1- Green looks older now, barely 10 ppg in season 8 ppg in post season when Kawhi needs help, not really slowing down opposing PG's and looking for $12mil+.
Reddick - looked great playing with Embiid and Simmons, would not look great here, provides zero defense and can only play SG
Rudy Gay - have no problem with him.
Ariza - i agree better than Iwundu, but thats setting the bar very very low.
Lamb - younger Ross yes, will probably want around same money Ross just played for
Taj - vet , meh
KCP - no thanks
Hood - will probably say in Portland

all the players you list are just old vets looking for their next check. other people are trying to find players underutilized on their current teams or poised to make a breakout. not just listing 10 guys looking to make $10mil+ on their last years in the NBA.
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Re: Around the NBA: 2018/2019 edition 

Post#1682 » by pepe1991 » Tue May 21, 2019 6:53 pm

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pepe1991 wrote:
tiderulz wrote:yeah, how did Orlando ever figure out that McGrady was going to blow up. Or Jermaine Oneal. you scour other teams to see if a player might have ability but be in a bad situation.

Instead of crapping on other peoples ideas all the time, why not propose your own players that fit this bill?


Danny Green. Fits wingspan agenda. Great shooter, would make Evan expendable.
Bojan Bogdanovic- super effective scorer and spot up shooter.
JJ Redick - stick him off bench, give him 20 min, let him come of hornes and double screens. bullseye. At this stage better value for money than Ross and his projected $ 12-14M a year
Rudy Gay. Can start him. Can play him off bench. Gives you lenght , size, outside shot and ability to play smallball.
Ariza, off bench for right price still better value than Iwundu. Can start him if needed.
Jeremy Lamb- younger Ross.
Taj Gipson - should be cheap, gives you respectful veteran. PF backup is position of need anyway.
Wes Matthews- older vet, just like Taj, should give you vet presence.
KCP- at times solid defender, at times solid shooter. would not break bank for him ,but still solid player for right price.
Rodney Hood- should be cost effective Ross replacment.
Wayne Elington- same as Hood.
DeMarre Carroll - cost effective vet.


You have to understand two things:
- this is bad free agency
- you don't have much money to spend

In that situation it's better to not do anything crazy than spend $15-20 M for Suns part time starter Kelly Oubre or Celtics full time clown Terry Rozier .

Magic are in positoin where exploring trade value of guys like Bogdan Bogdanovic ( Kings one), Lavine, Malik Beasley or Brogdon (or even George Hill as cheaper version ) makes more sense than flat out chasing Vuc and Ross replacments. Most of FA are 25+ years old , ones who are yougner are UFA because they probably sucked or still suck.

1- Green looks older now, barely 10 ppg in season 8 ppg in post season when Kawhi needs help, not really slowing down opposing PG's and looking for $12mil+.
Reddick - looked great playing with Embiid and Simmons, would not look great here, provides zero defense and can only play SG
Rudy Gay - have no problem with him.
Ariza - i agree better than Iwundu, but thats setting the bar very very low.
Lamb - younger Ross yes, will probably want around same money Ross just played for
Taj - vet , meh
KCP - no thanks
Hood - will probably say in Portland

all the players you list are just old vets looking for their next check. other people are trying to find players underutilized on their current teams or poised to make a breakout. not just listing 10 guys looking to make $10mil+ on their last years in the NBA.



And that's who normally hits FA.
Scrubs who were declined of last year's option, waived players, restricted FA that will be overpayed or stars who will contend for championship.
Through first 8 years, due CBA, staying with team that drafted you is no brainer ( if you are any good).
How many times Dallas made space for two max contracts in last 6 years and striked out ? Three times?
Every year some team has money, yet gets nobody worth it. Mostly because big time FA plot their paths to their desired destination and FA has less and less value in general.

And again, you proved my orginal point, overpaying for "hidden gems" who show up out of nowhere for 10 -15 games like Rozier or Oubre is bad idea in general. it's impossible to be buried in rotation for years and just pop up and become star out of nowhere. Jimmy Butler is only player i ever heard of who did it. And he was buried under Thib, who had habbit of playing Loul Deng 48,5 mpg.
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Re: Around the NBA: 2018/2019 edition 

Post#1683 » by tiderulz » Tue May 21, 2019 7:05 pm

pepe1991 wrote:
tiderulz wrote:
pepe1991 wrote:
Danny Green. Fits wingspan agenda. Great shooter, would make Evan expendable.
Bojan Bogdanovic- super effective scorer and spot up shooter.
JJ Redick - stick him off bench, give him 20 min, let him come of hornes and double screens. bullseye. At this stage better value for money than Ross and his projected $ 12-14M a year
Rudy Gay. Can start him. Can play him off bench. Gives you lenght , size, outside shot and ability to play smallball.
Ariza, off bench for right price still better value than Iwundu. Can start him if needed.
Jeremy Lamb- younger Ross.
Taj Gipson - should be cheap, gives you respectful veteran. PF backup is position of need anyway.
Wes Matthews- older vet, just like Taj, should give you vet presence.
KCP- at times solid defender, at times solid shooter. would not break bank for him ,but still solid player for right price.
Rodney Hood- should be cost effective Ross replacment.
Wayne Elington- same as Hood.
DeMarre Carroll - cost effective vet.


You have to understand two things:
- this is bad free agency
- you don't have much money to spend

In that situation it's better to not do anything crazy than spend $15-20 M for Suns part time starter Kelly Oubre or Celtics full time clown Terry Rozier .

Magic are in positoin where exploring trade value of guys like Bogdan Bogdanovic ( Kings one), Lavine, Malik Beasley or Brogdon (or even George Hill as cheaper version ) makes more sense than flat out chasing Vuc and Ross replacments. Most of FA are 25+ years old , ones who are yougner are UFA because they probably sucked or still suck.

1- Green looks older now, barely 10 ppg in season 8 ppg in post season when Kawhi needs help, not really slowing down opposing PG's and looking for $12mil+.
Reddick - looked great playing with Embiid and Simmons, would not look great here, provides zero defense and can only play SG
Rudy Gay - have no problem with him.
Ariza - i agree better than Iwundu, but thats setting the bar very very low.
Lamb - younger Ross yes, will probably want around same money Ross just played for
Taj - vet , meh
KCP - no thanks
Hood - will probably say in Portland

all the players you list are just old vets looking for their next check. other people are trying to find players underutilized on their current teams or poised to make a breakout. not just listing 10 guys looking to make $10mil+ on their last years in the NBA.



And that's who normally hits FA.
Scrubs who were declined of last year's option, waived players, restricted FA that will be overpayed or stars who will contend for championship.
Through first 8 years, due CBA, staying with team that drafted you is no brainer ( if you are any good).
How many times Dallas made space for two max contracts in last 6 years and striked out ? Three times?
Every year some team has money, yet gets nobody worth it. Mostly because big time FA plot their paths to their desired destination and FA has less and less value in general.

And again, you proved my orginal point, overpaying for "hidden gems" who show up out of nowhere for 10 -15 games like Rozier or Oubre is bad idea in general. it's impossible to be buried in rotation for years and just pop up and become star out of nowhere. Jimmy Butler is only player i ever heard of who did it. And he was buried under Thib, who had habbit of playing Loul Deng 48,5 mpg.

McGrady? Ariza? Jermaine Oneal? Ben Wallace, Lowry, Bowen, Nash, Korver, Demarre, Whiteside, Millsap, Hedo, Dragic, plenty of players throughout the years that have floundered before hitting their strides with new teams.
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Re: Around the NBA: 2018/2019 edition 

Post#1684 » by Bonafide89 » Tue May 21, 2019 7:19 pm

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LOL!

dang, Palinka leaning over wanting to see what Vogel wrote in front of him.
I found it hilarious when Vogel said he'd open it up for questions and the majority of the questions were directed to Pelinka criticizing the circus this organization has created.

Vogel, this ain't Indiana or Orlando. Welcome to a real pressure cooker now

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Re: Around the NBA: 2018/2019 edition 

Post#1685 » by pepe1991 » Tue May 21, 2019 9:29 pm

tiderulz wrote:
pepe1991 wrote:
tiderulz wrote:1- Green looks older now, barely 10 ppg in season 8 ppg in post season when Kawhi needs help, not really slowing down opposing PG's and looking for $12mil+.
Reddick - looked great playing with Embiid and Simmons, would not look great here, provides zero defense and can only play SG
Rudy Gay - have no problem with him.
Ariza - i agree better than Iwundu, but thats setting the bar very very low.
Lamb - younger Ross yes, will probably want around same money Ross just played for
Taj - vet , meh
KCP - no thanks
Hood - will probably say in Portland

all the players you list are just old vets looking for their next check. other people are trying to find players underutilized on their current teams or poised to make a breakout. not just listing 10 guys looking to make $10mil+ on their last years in the NBA.



And that's who normally hits FA.
Scrubs who were declined of last year's option, waived players, restricted FA that will be overpayed or stars who will contend for championship.
Through first 8 years, due CBA, staying with team that drafted you is no brainer ( if you are any good).
How many times Dallas made space for two max contracts in last 6 years and striked out ? Three times?
Every year some team has money, yet gets nobody worth it. Mostly because big time FA plot their paths to their desired destination and FA has less and less value in general.

And again, you proved my orginal point, overpaying for "hidden gems" who show up out of nowhere for 10 -15 games like Rozier or Oubre is bad idea in general. it's impossible to be buried in rotation for years and just pop up and become star out of nowhere. Jimmy Butler is only player i ever heard of who did it. And he was buried under Thib, who had habbit of playing Loul Deng 48,5 mpg.

McGrady? Ariza? Jermaine Oneal? Ben Wallace, Lowry, Bowen, Nash, Korver, Demarre, Whiteside, Millsap, Hedo, Dragic, plenty of players throughout the years that have floundered before hitting their strides with new teams.


That's a good list. I would exclude Jermaine and T mac because they got drafted straight out of highschool. T mac won MIP after third year, yet he just turned 21 in moment when he won award.

For lot of them it was more situational issue than lack of talent. Korver in his 4th year for Philly ( team that drafted him ) averaged most points in his career to this date, Ariza got traded in rookie year ( not so shocking, guy was second round pick). Whiteside was out of nba for 2 years, Nash was unlucky to get on a team that had, at times best PG in a game ( Kidd).

They were indeed hidden gems, where, in my opinon, guys like Rozier and Vleet just gain popularity because of media exposure during playoffs. That's how Magic signed Biyombo. Not like he was some hidden superior talent, but because guy put up game where he had 23 rebounds, like 5 blocks and Hennigan was foolish enough to belive he will be worth money and he will be able to give you similar production on daily bases. In reality, Biyombo just looked great because he played another mediocre player ( Tristan Thompson )and just outworked him for 2 of 5 games. Was complete no factor in other 3 but people see what they want to see.
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Re: Around the NBA: 2018/2019 edition 

Post#1686 » by tiderulz » Wed May 22, 2019 12:17 am

pepe1991 wrote:
tiderulz wrote:
pepe1991 wrote:

And that's who normally hits FA.
Scrubs who were declined of last year's option, waived players, restricted FA that will be overpayed or stars who will contend for championship.
Through first 8 years, due CBA, staying with team that drafted you is no brainer ( if you are any good).
How many times Dallas made space for two max contracts in last 6 years and striked out ? Three times?
Every year some team has money, yet gets nobody worth it. Mostly because big time FA plot their paths to their desired destination and FA has less and less value in general.

And again, you proved my orginal point, overpaying for "hidden gems" who show up out of nowhere for 10 -15 games like Rozier or Oubre is bad idea in general. it's impossible to be buried in rotation for years and just pop up and become star out of nowhere. Jimmy Butler is only player i ever heard of who did it. And he was buried under Thib, who had habbit of playing Loul Deng 48,5 mpg.

McGrady? Ariza? Jermaine Oneal? Ben Wallace, Lowry, Bowen, Nash, Korver, Demarre, Whiteside, Millsap, Hedo, Dragic, plenty of players throughout the years that have floundered before hitting their strides with new teams.


That's a good list. I would exclude Jermaine and T mac because they got drafted straight out of highschool. T mac won MIP after third year, yet he just turned 21 in moment when he won award.

For lot of them it was more situational issue than lack of talent. Korver in his 4th year for Philly ( team that drafted him ) averaged most points in his career to this date, Ariza got traded in rookie year ( not so shocking, guy was second round pick). Whiteside was out of nba for 2 years, Nash was unlucky to get on a team that had, at times best PG in a game ( Kidd).

They were indeed hidden gems, where, in my opinon, guys like Rozier and Vleet just gain popularity because of media exposure during playoffs. That's how Magic signed Biyombo. Not like he was some hidden superior talent, but because guy put up game where he had 23 rebounds, like 5 blocks and Hennigan was foolish enough to belive he will be worth money and he will be able to give you similar production on daily bases. In reality, Biyombo just looked great because he played another mediocre player ( Tristan Thompson )and just outworked him for 2 of 5 games. Was complete no factor in other 3 but people see what they want to see.

yeah, but look at Jermaine's first 4 years in Portland, never avg'd 14 mpg, never avg more than 4.5 ppg. in today's NBA, he would have been cut and never given another look. traded to Indy and made a starter and his next year was 13 ppg 10 rpg right away. then put up 19 ppg and then 4 years of 20ppg+

McGrady only a parttime starter his last year in Toronto and blew up here.

I'm not talking about basing anything on 1 game, 1 series.

and i said take situation into it.
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Post#1687 » by pepe1991 » Wed May 22, 2019 6:58 am

tiderulz wrote:
pepe1991 wrote:
tiderulz wrote:McGrady? Ariza? Jermaine Oneal? Ben Wallace, Lowry, Bowen, Nash, Korver, Demarre, Whiteside, Millsap, Hedo, Dragic, plenty of players throughout the years that have floundered before hitting their strides with new teams.


That's a good list. I would exclude Jermaine and T mac because they got drafted straight out of highschool. T mac won MIP after third year, yet he just turned 21 in moment when he won award.

For lot of them it was more situational issue than lack of talent. Korver in his 4th year for Philly ( team that drafted him ) averaged most points in his career to this date, Ariza got traded in rookie year ( not so shocking, guy was second round pick). Whiteside was out of nba for 2 years, Nash was unlucky to get on a team that had, at times best PG in a game ( Kidd).

They were indeed hidden gems, where, in my opinon, guys like Rozier and Vleet just gain popularity because of media exposure during playoffs. That's how Magic signed Biyombo. Not like he was some hidden superior talent, but because guy put up game where he had 23 rebounds, like 5 blocks and Hennigan was foolish enough to belive he will be worth money and he will be able to give you similar production on daily bases. In reality, Biyombo just looked great because he played another mediocre player ( Tristan Thompson )and just outworked him for 2 of 5 games. Was complete no factor in other 3 but people see what they want to see.

yeah, but look at Jermaine's first 4 years in Portland, never avg'd 14 mpg, never avg more than 4.5 ppg. in today's NBA, he would have been cut and never given another look. traded to Indy and made a starter and his next year was 13 ppg 10 rpg right away. then put up 19 ppg and then 4 years of 20ppg+

McGrady only a parttime starter his last year in Toronto and blew up here.

I'm not talking about basing anything on 1 game, 1 series.

and i said take situation into it.


Well yea, he got stuck in rotation behind Sabonis and Rasheed Wallace . Hard to judge them for not playing him ,they were playing WCF .
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Post#1688 » by pepe1991 » Wed May 22, 2019 9:19 am

I WaNT tO CoNtend
The Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard are expected to come to terms on a 4-year, $191 million supermax contract extension over the summer.


$47,75M a year :rofl:

And this is reality of nba, half of players act like they care about winning but $$$$ is only thing they really care.
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Post#1689 » by Tarheel » Wed May 22, 2019 10:20 am

pepe1991 wrote:I WaNT tO CoNtend
The Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard are expected to come to terms on a 4-year, $191 million supermax contract extension over the summer.


$47,75M a year :rofl:

And this is reality of nba, half of players act like they care about winning but $$$$ is only thing they really care.


Contracts like that are so debilitating. The Blazers are one bad injury from 4 years in the abyss.
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Post#1690 » by pepe1991 » Wed May 22, 2019 10:34 am

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pepe1991 wrote:I WaNT tO CoNtend
The Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard are expected to come to terms on a 4-year, $191 million supermax contract extension over the summer.


$47,75M a year :rofl:

And this is reality of nba, half of players act like they care about winning but $$$$ is only thing they really care.


Contracts like that are so debilitating. The Blazers are one bad injury from 4 years in the abyss.


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Post#1691 » by drsd » Wed May 22, 2019 10:38 am

pepe1991 wrote:I WaNT tO CoNtend .



iwntocn

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Post#1692 » by pepe1991 » Wed May 22, 2019 10:46 am

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pepe1991 wrote:I WaNT tO CoNtend .



iwntocn

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“Like I’m saying, I do want to win a championship but there’s other stuff that means more to me. It’s almost like I’m not willing to sell myself out for that instead of impacting this.”

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Post#1693 » by BadMofoPimp » Wed May 22, 2019 11:30 am

pepe1991 wrote:I WaNT tO CoNtend
The Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard are expected to come to terms on a 4-year, $191 million supermax contract extension over the summer.


$47,75M a year :rofl:

And this is reality of nba, half of players act like they care about winning but $$$$ is only thing they really care.


What I don't understand is no other team in the entire NBA can offer him more than $30-35 mil, then why doesn't Portland just offer him $35mil per?
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Post#1694 » by NotACat » Wed May 22, 2019 11:56 am

BadMofoPimp wrote:
pepe1991 wrote:I WaNT tO CoNtend
The Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard are expected to come to terms on a 4-year, $191 million supermax contract extension over the summer.


$47,75M a year :rofl:

And this is reality of nba, half of players act like they care about winning but $$$$ is only thing they really care.


What I don't understand is no other team in the entire NBA can offer him more than $30-35 mil, then why doesn't Portland just offer him $35mil per?

Because its disrespectful and sends a bad message to everyone in the league. Dame is absolutely worth that contract. They have a great team and a great coach, but its just not enough right now.
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Post#1695 » by BadMofoPimp » Wed May 22, 2019 11:58 am

NotACat wrote:
BadMofoPimp wrote:
pepe1991 wrote:I WaNT tO CoNtend
The Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard are expected to come to terms on a 4-year, $191 million supermax contract extension over the summer.


$47,75M a year :rofl:

And this is reality of nba, half of players act like they care about winning but $$$$ is only thing they really care.


What I don't understand is no other team in the entire NBA can offer him more than $30-35 mil, then why doesn't Portland just offer him $35mil per?

Because its disrespectful and sends a bad message to everyone in the league. Dame is absolutely worth that contract. They have a great team and a great coach, but its just not enough right now.


I reckon Lillard can play with a bunch of rookies and D-Leagers on that team.
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Post#1696 » by tiderulz » Wed May 22, 2019 12:09 pm

BadMofoPimp wrote:
pepe1991 wrote:I WaNT tO CoNtend
The Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard are expected to come to terms on a 4-year, $191 million supermax contract extension over the summer.


$47,75M a year :rofl:

And this is reality of nba, half of players act like they care about winning but $$$$ is only thing they really care.


What I don't understand is no other team in the entire NBA can offer him more than $30-35 mil, then why doesn't Portland just offer him $35mil per?

if they are going to have these supermax contracts, they need to figure out a way to reduce the cap hit on a team. I get rewarding a player for staying with a team, but it then hurts the team overall by reducing the money they can spend on anyone else. maybe only 2/3 or 1/2 the cap hit for a team. but the way its set up right now, I cant see a team with a supermax player being able to contend (GS is there yes, but i think that team splits up real soon)
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Post#1697 » by pepe1991 » Wed May 22, 2019 12:13 pm

Got swept vs Warriors without KD, Cousins and Iggy , signs supermax just to be sure they will never win anything with him :lol:

Jordan is probably only nba player in history who was worth 45% of salary cap.
Lillard is hardly top 10 player today, let alone top 30 ever.
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Post#1698 » by MoMM » Wed May 22, 2019 8:23 pm

BadMofoPimp wrote:
pepe1991 wrote:I WaNT tO CoNtend
The Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard are expected to come to terms on a 4-year, $191 million supermax contract extension over the summer.


$47,75M a year :rofl:

And this is reality of nba, half of players act like they care about winning but $$$$ is only thing they really care.


What I don't understand is no other team in the entire NBA can offer him more than $30-35 mil, then why doesn't Portland just offer him $35mil per?

If supermax or max salaries didn't exist, no one would offer this kind of money for someone like Lillard (not even Portland). It's crazy that nowadays a lot of players get max salaries when they in fact don't deserve it, but it's kind of the standard, if the player is good, the team need to offer max otherwise he will jump to another ship, because he is being "undervalued".

Basically, I think that max/supermax salaries shouldn't exist anymore and NBA should have a soft cap like we currently have plus another hard cap that a team can't spend more than that even when re-signing their own players.

To sum up, 120M/year as soft cap + 150M/year as hard cap. This way big market teams wouldn't be able to offer max/supermax contracts to everyone.
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Re: Around the NBA: 2018/2019 edition 

Post#1699 » by MoMM » Wed May 22, 2019 8:26 pm

pepe1991 wrote:I WaNT tO CoNtend
The Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard are expected to come to terms on a 4-year, $191 million supermax contract extension over the summer.


$47,75M a year :rofl:

And this is reality of nba, half of players act like they care about winning but $$$$ is only thing they really care.

And don't forget about McCollum's extension, both combined will make more than 80+M/year in a few years.
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Re: Around the NBA: 2018/2019 edition 

Post#1700 » by Bensational » Wed May 22, 2019 11:10 pm

The problem with supermax salaries is how much they kill the team's ability to add other talent. They need to limit how much is actually applied to the cap, say the max amount of $35M or whatever, and everything above that doesn't count against the cap. But teams should be limited to just one of those salaries, so you can't have Curry and Durant, for example, getting paid $50M each, but only counting for $70M total on the books. And if that player gets traded, they should lose that extra 'off the books' amount. That way, if a Jimmy Butler or Davis forces their way out, they're costing themselves money.

Pick your franchise player, and pick them well. And players, pick your team, and pick it well.

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