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Re: Free agents potentially of-interest 

Post#41 » by Jamaaliver » Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:16 pm

8 Tempting NBA Free Agents to Avoid This Summer

Not Leaving so Don't Bother: Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans (Restricted)

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If Brandon Ingram's inclusion rings a little hollow, well, that's the point. A max contract is his market value. The New Orleans Pelicans understood this when they acquired him and didn't shop him around at the trade deadline. They won't suddenly be scared away by offers they've known were coming for a year.
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Interested parties could get cute and try to sign Ingram to a short-term max that allows him the opportunity to re-explore free agency in the near future. Eh. That's more effective for players who aren't no-brainer maxes. Ingram is certainly that in this year's market, and after battling injuries on a few occasions—including a blood-clot issue last season—he may not be so keen on signing a short-term contract.

This all presumes he even tests the waters. He might not. The Pelicans should come in with an offer seconds after free agency begins and have the ability to bake in a fifth year. Beyond that, the league doesn't have much of a max-contract market.

Teams can always create space, but only Atlanta, Detroit, Miami and New York have relatively effortless access to whatever ends up being Ingram's exact price point. It doesn't make much sense for any of them to tie up spending power in a player they won't land.

The Hawks are the closest thing to an exception. They should have no issue chiseling out $40-plus million in space, giving them plenty of flexibility to spare. They can, perhaps, afford to throw their hat into the ring on the off chance the Pelicans get pocket shy.


UFAs Who Will Cost Too Much to Poach: Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers

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Montrezl Harrell exists in a weird space. He's a high-impact player for one of the best teams in the league, but it isn't quite clear whether he's indispensable or how well his skill set will translate to a different situation.

His functional relentlessness is completely scalable. Whichever team signs him will be acquiring his limitless motor. That's part of why you pay him. He'll outwork pretty much everyone, seamlessly fit within different pick-and-roll combinations, bruise his way to buckets in the post and disarm defenses with head-down off-the-dribble attacks from the perimeter.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic are the only other players averaging more than 18 points while shooting better than 59 percent on twos. Harrell's scoring opportunities are easier, but damn. Any team with money and a need up front (Charlotte) or addiction to bigs (New York) can come up with enough reasons to throw the bag at him.

And yet, not all rosters are built to capitalize on what Harrell does best. His offensive work ethic largely requires an elite—or semi-elite—playmaker. Without three-point range, he's a non-starter at power forward. Then again, certain squads cannot roll out a 6'7" center who doesn't dominate the glass or thrive as a primary backline defender without thinking twice.

Paying him won't be hard for the Clippers to reconcile. They know he fits, and unless they have another big-man acquisition in the works, he's more matchup-proof than Ivica Zubac (albeit not as much as JaMychal Green). Other teams don't have that informational luxury. And for what it'll cost to get him out of Hollywood—figure at least $17 million annually—that money should be spent on someone who's more of a sure thing.
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Re: Free agents potentially of-interest 

Post#42 » by Spud2nique » Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:44 am

Jamaaliver wrote:
8 Tempting NBA Free Agents to Avoid This Summer

Not Leaving so Don't Bother: Brandon Ingram, New Orleans Pelicans (Restricted)

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If Brandon Ingram's inclusion rings a little hollow, well, that's the point. A max contract is his market value. The New Orleans Pelicans understood this when they acquired him and didn't shop him around at the trade deadline. They won't suddenly be scared away by offers they've known were coming for a year.
Spoiler:
Interested parties could get cute and try to sign Ingram to a short-term max that allows him the opportunity to re-explore free agency in the near future. Eh. That's more effective for players who aren't no-brainer maxes. Ingram is certainly that in this year's market, and after battling injuries on a few occasions—including a blood-clot issue last season—he may not be so keen on signing a short-term contract.

This all presumes he even tests the waters. He might not. The Pelicans should come in with an offer seconds after free agency begins and have the ability to bake in a fifth year. Beyond that, the league doesn't have much of a max-contract market.

Teams can always create space, but only Atlanta, Detroit, Miami and New York have relatively effortless access to whatever ends up being Ingram's exact price point. It doesn't make much sense for any of them to tie up spending power in a player they won't land.

The Hawks are the closest thing to an exception. They should have no issue chiseling out $40-plus million in space, giving them plenty of flexibility to spare. They can, perhaps, afford to throw their hat into the ring on the off chance the Pelicans get pocket shy.


UFAs Who Will Cost Too Much to Poach: Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers

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Montrezl Harrell exists in a weird space. He's a high-impact player for one of the best teams in the league, but it isn't quite clear whether he's indispensable or how well his skill set will translate to a different situation.

His functional relentlessness is completely scalable. Whichever team signs him will be acquiring his limitless motor. That's part of why you pay him. He'll outwork pretty much everyone, seamlessly fit within different pick-and-roll combinations, bruise his way to buckets in the post and disarm defenses with head-down off-the-dribble attacks from the perimeter.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic are the only other players averaging more than 18 points while shooting better than 59 percent on twos. Harrell's scoring opportunities are easier, but damn. Any team with money and a need up front (Charlotte) or addiction to bigs (New York) can come up with enough reasons to throw the bag at him.

And yet, not all rosters are built to capitalize on what Harrell does best. His offensive work ethic largely requires an elite—or semi-elite—playmaker. Without three-point range, he's a non-starter at power forward. Then again, certain squads cannot roll out a 6'7" center who doesn't dominate the glass or thrive as a primary backline defender without thinking twice.

Paying him won't be hard for the Clippers to reconcile. They know he fits, and unless they have another big-man acquisition in the works, he's more matchup-proof than Ivica Zubac (albeit not as much as JaMychal Green). Other teams don't have that informational luxury. And for what it'll cost to get him out of Hollywood—figure at least $17 million annually—that money should be spent on someone who's more of a sure thing.
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Re: Free agents potentially of-interest 

Post#43 » by Spud2nique » Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:45 am

Ingram don’t bother. Where’s Sturt at?
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Re: Free agents potentially of-interest 

Post#44 » by jayu70 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:03 pm

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Re: Free agents potentially of-interest 

Post#45 » by jayu70 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:07 pm

This leaves an already meh FA class even 'meh-er'
Agents are encouraging players with player options to consider opting in for next season, while telling clients in Europe to take the “sure thing” over there and stay abroad, because no NBA team is keeping them around with its 15th roster spot.

“I’m telling all my clients to opt in,” another agent said. “Although they won’t tear up the CBA if we actually have basketball this summer, they will want to make changes to BRI based on the overall losses.”

– via David Aldridge and John Hollinger @ The Athletic

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Post#46 » by HMFFL » Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:20 pm

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Post#47 » by jayu70 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:29 pm

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