ThunderBolt wrote:Spoiler:SecondTake wrote:ThunderBolt wrote:The only way to give Noel more than the MLE is to get OKC below the salary cap and sign Noel with actual cap space. Even if you could trade Adams for Jrue, that doesn't open up any cap space for Noel.
Might need a verbal agreement with Noel that we give him 1 year on MLE and then a bigger contract the following the year. Doubt he takes it but maybe if he likes the team.
I've been against trading Adams forever now, but it's becoming hard to ignore the way he starts tanking every year at clockwork right when you see him. If you play him less minutes then you need a third center and his salary becomes an even bigger problem. If you play him the number of minutes his salary should command then he turns to toast by all star break.
Why do we need a third center? Noel is currently averaging less than 15mpg. We don't need a third center to lessen Adams' minutes. We need Billy to understand basic load management and give another 5-7mpg to Noel.
Also, Nerlens sign the minimum this year to specifically rebuild his value. There is no reason for him to do it again. Unless something major happens then re-signing on the cheap again might be dumber than declining $17 million for Dallas.
Adams doesn't play more than most Centers in this league. If he can't play well 33 minutes/game during all year we will need a really good back up next year (as good as Noel) or to rest him during some games. We can't give minutes to bad centers against Gobert/KAT/Nurkic etc.
So basically we need a good back up PG because Westbrook is old and a good back up C because Adams can't handle playing as many minutes as other bigs