Originally Posted by Bill Haverchuck
Vasquez is an RFA, like Patterson. We can match any offers made to them. That's the one downside to his really solid offensive play recently: Vasquez might get an offer sheet above the qualifying offer, and that will eat into our future cap space to a greater degree than anticipated. But maybe Patterson can be had cheaper, since his play has dropped off a bit after his injury.
On the bright side, if for some reason Lowry doesn't re-sign, Vasquez looks like an okay insurance policy to keep us respectable.
It will be intersting to see what Vasquez gets, and whether a team like the Lakers throws a modest (but more than expected) contract his way, if they can't pry away Lowry.
interesting for sure - the problem with vasquez is that his defense is too bad to be a starter, but it only takes one desperate team. Can the MLE be used to sign RFA, or you need cap space to do it? I think the answer is probably no, but there will be so much money available this summer, it's going to be crazy. It also depends on how many bad teams want to jump start their evolution, philly and orlando can choose to stay tight on their purses for another season for example.