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Old 04-03-2011, 06:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I assume everyone knows how collective bargaining usually works? Everythning seems extreme at 1st and they narrow the difference between the 2 sides up until the last hour, each side hoping the other one blinks. Then if no one gives, they end up in a work stoppage.

I for one think there will be a hard cap, but not something like 45 million like the league says. Perspective....the Lakers , Mavs, Magic are about double that right now.

So even if they made a hard cap at 70 mil and slashed all salaries at 20% (extreme), a lot of top teir teams would be unable to sign any free agents.

Teams like the Raptors could have a ton of money to spend because they are not one of the financially hurting teams.....15 mil? 20 mil?

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The free agent list is not spectacular but they may catch some teams unable to match an offer. Here's some options at the 1, 3 and 5.

Point Guard
Aaron Brooks, Houston Rockets - $2.0 million Restricted ($3.0 million Qualifying Offer)
Andre Miller, Portland Trail Blazers - $7.3 million Team Option ($7.8 million)
Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers - $9.3 million Early Termination Option ($8.3 million)
Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns - $2.0 million Team Option ($2.1 million)
Rodney Stuckey, Detroit Pistons - $2.8 million Restricted ($3.9 million Qualifying Offer)
T.J. Ford, Indiana Pacers - $8.5 million Unrestricted
Carlos Arroyo, Miami HEAT - $1.2 million Unrestricted
Ronnie Price, Utah Jazz - $1.3 million - Unrestricted
Patrick Mills, Portland Trail Blazers - $0.9 million Unrestricted*
Sasha Vujacic, New jersey Nets - $5.5 million Unrestricted
Sebastian Telfair, Minnesota Timberwolves - $2.7 million Unrestricted
Luther Head, Sacramento Kings - $1.0 million - Unrestricted
Charlie Bell, Golden State Warriors - $3.9 million Early Termination Option ($4.1 million)
Willie Green, New Orleans Hornets - $4.0 million - Unrestricted
Mario Chalmers, Miami HEAT - $0.9 million Unrestricted*

Small Forward
Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets - $17.1 million Early Termination Option ($18.5 million)
Caron Butler, Dallas Mavericks - $10.8 million Unrestricted
Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers - $2.9 million Restricted ($4.0 million Qualifying Offer)
Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns - $3.2 million - Unrestricted
Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons $11.1 million Unrestricted
Shane Battier, Houston Rockets - $7.4 million - Unrestricted
Reggie Williams, Golden State Warriors - $0.8 million Unrestricted*
James Jones, Miami HEAT - $1.1 million Unrestricted
Al Thornton, Washington Wizards - $2.8 million Restricted ($3.9 million Qualifying Offer)
Jason Kapono, Philadelphia 76ers - $6.6 million - Unrestricted
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves - $3.7 million Restricted ($5.0 million Qualifying Offer)
Josh Howard, Washington Wizards - $3.0 million - Unrestricted
Rasual Butler, L.A. Clippers - $2.4 million - Unrestricted

Centre
Nene, Denver Nuggets - $11.4 million Early Termination Option ($11.6 million)
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies - $3.6 million Unrestricted*
Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks - $12.6 million Unrestricted
Yao Ming, Houston Rockets - $17.7 million - Unrestricted
Joel Przybilla, Portland Trail Blazers - $7.4 million Unrestricted
Samuel Dalembert, Sacramento Kings $13.4 million - Unrestricted
Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers - $6.8 million Restricted ($8.8 million Qualifying Offer)
Spencer Hawes, Philadelphia 76ers - $3.0 million Restricted ($4.1 million Qualifying Offer)
Nenad Krstic, Oklahoma City Thunder - $5.7 million Unrestricted
Earl Barron, Phoenix Suns - $0.8 million - Unrestricted
Tony Battie, Philadelphia 76ers - $1.4 million Unrestricted
Kyrylo Fesenko, Utah Jazz - $1.1 million - Unrestricted
Erick Dampier, Miami HEAT - $1.1 million - Unrestricted
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Miami HEAT - $1.4 million - Unrestricted
Jeff Foster, Indiana Pacers - $6.7 million - Unrestricted
Nazr Mohammed, Charlotte Bobcats - $6.9 million Unrestricted
DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers - $0.9 million Unrestricted*
Kurt Thomas, Chicago Bulls - $1.4 million Unrestricted
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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nice list ammo. thanks for posting. unfortunately not too many guys on that list that i think we could get and that would be difference makers. brooks? stuckey?? thad young? i don't see us landing gasol, chandler, nene or jordan... i don't want any part of dalembert, and i'm afraid of what he might cost. a bit depressing, really. too bad we can't simulate 2 or 3 seasons, nba2k style.
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I say we draft Walker and sign DeAndre Jordan or take a gamble with Greg Oden.
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I say we draft Walker and sign DeAndre Jordan or take a gamble with Greg Oden.
i would be down with that. I'd be leaning more towards Jordan/Chander (but im sure dallas will keep him) than Oden purely basedon fragility lol.

Gasol would be awesome too.
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Wilson Chandler, DeAndre Jordan.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Gasol seems reasonable, Oden I would take a shot at. With Bayless playing well, draft Irving or Walker and I think we'll do fine.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If Kurt Thomas still has a year left in him I'd like to see him here. Somebody like that. Solid vets that aren't going to be a big expenditure. I don't want to see any attempts at hitting a home run through free agency. Not at this point for sure.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Chandler could give us defense, and a few of those point guards like Mo Williams or Rodney stuckey or even small forwards like Caron Butler or Thad young could give us a boost on our limited offense. Wouldnt mind Nene, he plays smart basketball.
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I think we are seeing how athletic this team can be. Some of them are running on athleticism right now, so when they add experience they could be a team that other teams hate to play.

I am on board with picking up a PG or SF in the draft and finding a centre in free agency. I like Gasol here, but Chandler and Nene might fit the speed and athleticism they seem to be heading for.

Also, can't say that Bayless is a stud after 2 good games, but you no longer feel that Jose absolutely must stay if a young PG is drafted.

What to do about Reggie. He has worth on this team.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Chandler could give us defense, and a few of those point guards like Mo Williams or Rodney stuckey or even small forwards like Caron Butler or Thad young could give us a boost on our limited offense. Wouldnt mind Nene, he plays smart basketball.
Those are names that will never be in a Raptors uniform. Mo and Stuckey are overrated, I'd rather have Jose and Bayless. Plus we might draft a PG. Butler isn't going to go from Dallas to the Raptors. Nene was closing to being an all-star this year and his team is one of the hottest in the West right now. Very probable he will finish his career in Denver, which ends in like 2-3 years. Thaddues Young is possible, but he's just another PF and another undersized center.
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I think we are seeing how athletic this team can be. Some of them are running on athleticism right now, so when they add experience they could be a team that other teams hate to play.

I am on board with picking up a PG or SF in the draft and finding a centre in free agency. I like Gasol here, but Chandler and Nene might fit the speed and athleticism they seem to be heading for.

Also, can't say that Bayless is a stud after 2 good games, but you no longer feel that Jose absolutely must stay if a young PG is drafted.

What to do about Reggie. He has worth on this team.
Who ever thought Jose MUST stay?
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Those are names that will never be in a Raptors uniform. Mo and Stuckey are overrated, I'd rather have Jose and Bayless. Plus we might draft a PG. Butler isn't going to go from Dallas to the Raptors. Nene was closing to being an all-star this year and his team is one of the hottest in the West right now. Very probable he will finish his career in Denver, which ends in like 2-3 years. Thaddues Young is possible, but he's just another PF and another undersized center.
2-3 years? More like 7-8 years.
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2-3 years? More like 7-8 years.
He said he's done in like 2-3 years and he's going to become a priest in his country or something along the lines of that.
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Who ever thought Jose MUST stay?
Those who consider/considered Bayless incapable of running a team. That kind of thing changes quickly. It was only about 5 months ago that Demar was "a bust".
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Those are names that will never be in a Raptors uniform. Mo and Stuckey are overrated, I'd rather have Jose and Bayless. Plus we might draft a PG. Butler isn't going to go from Dallas to the Raptors. Nene was closing to being an all-star this year and his team is one of the hottest in the West right now. Very probable he will finish his career in Denver, which ends in like 2-3 years. Thaddues Young is possible, but he's just another PF and another undersized center.
WHAT? Thats only IF we draft a pg. Mo and Stuckey arent overrated and i would be happy with just one of those pgs along with bayless than calderon. Mo Williams will boost our offence and he can make touches, and same with stuckey although hes more on the offence. Thad young btw is a small forward, get ur facts straight. I dont think they would ever make him play the C position. Hes young , athletic and puts up good numbers that go on well on this young/athletic team.
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I actually never hear stuff about Rodney Stuckey. Have no clue where u got the slitest idea that hes overrated. I would says he underrated. Definetely better than Calderon. Mo i would agree is a bit overrated but hes still better than Calderon
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Draft a PG, sign Wilson Chandler and Deandre Jordan and/or Gasol and were set for life. Ya I'm dreaming I know, but hell let me.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:25 PM   #18 (permalink)
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WHAT? Thats only IF we draft a pg. Mo and Stuckey arent overrated and i would be happy with just one of those pgs along with bayless than calderon. Mo Williams will boost our offence and he can make touches, and same with stuckey although hes more on the offence. Thad young btw is a small forward, get ur facts straight. I dont think they would ever make him play the C position. Hes young , athletic and puts up good numbers that go on well on this young/athletic team.
I know, I said we MIGHT draft a pg. I didn't say anything wrong about Thad Young, I just got his position wrong on a team I never watch.

Jose is 5th in the league in assists so yeah I prolly would pick him over those two guys if it's just for one more year. He also knows everyone's tendencies so to bring in another new scoring PG when you already have Jose would be dumb. We have enough scoring to go around, Jose is the one that distributes the ball the best on the team and out of those other PG's.

Mo averages 6 assists with 14 ppg this season on 39% FG and 30% 3FG along with only playing 50 games.

Stuckey averages a 4 assists with also 14 ppg on 43% FG and 28% 3FG. Another pure scoring PG.

Jose averages 9 assists with 10 ppg on 44% FG and 37% 3FG.

Mo and Stuckey aren't much better if at all.
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signing Kyrylo Fesenko might be realistic, if we can get him for cheap...another 7 footer on the roster is never a bad thing
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chandler or nene at centre, tayshaun or battier at sf, and as for pg....meh lets just hope for irving instead...
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