Who is going to be the first team to offer the very contract in which owners argued that they need to be protected against? The fun secret is that once it happens, neither side will complain.
Here is the basic answer to this concern - Kevin Durant is 23 years old, and his conditioning now looks to be 50% better than what it was even a year ago.
Simmons' second day focuses on the big men who are available on the free agency market. He confirms what we've written frequently here - Nene Hilario is a nice complimentary big man, but he has never really shown any evidence that he's a max or even near-max player.
Here is a great snapshot look to see where each team stands financially.
Levy comes out with another strong post, this time examining what it means to be a 'pure scorer.' In my mind, being a pure scorer means that the player has little desire to do anything else on the court. As such, I think pure scorers are best suited for a bench role, where the coach can keep tighter reins on their deployment.
We the fans have the right to complain, but the players and owners? No, no right at all.
My answer - by the contender convincing its division rival to sign Vince Carter.
Hornets fans probably hate it, but they have to come to the realization that the Chris Paul era is about to close, and the team needs to do whatever it can to avoid ending up with nothing when he leaves.
Profoundly silly if not for the fact that it is kind of pathetic and sad. Sometimes I get the sense that the right hand does not understand what the left is doing.
I suppose Roy Hibbert could do worse; I imagine that the Yinka Dare summer big man camp always has space and comes at a steep discount.
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Enjoy it all, soak it in.
If you're cynical, you read this story one way. I choose not to be a cynic in this case.
I think Chauncy Billups has got to be the best player I've ever seen that no team really wants to have.