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Where NBA’s Top Free Agents Sign This Summer

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by jamiebaloney, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. jamiebaloney

    jamiebaloney Member


    On the NBA beat, all we do is look ahead. That's why discussing poker w88 where the top 2018 free agents will land this summer feels perfectly normal in late February.

    This list features the players who'll have the biggest impacts on the teams with which they sign. They're also the guys who'll attract the most coverage this summer. The big names include free agents of all sorts: opt-out candidates, the restricted and, most intriguingly, the unrestricted.

    Keep in mind that the destination options are limited. Sure, if you assume all 30 clubs renounce every free agent and clear their cap holds, you get 14 teams with more than the minimum to spend. But once you start factoring in those holds and other obligations, the number of squads with meaningful scratch is smaller. Way smaller.

    "Right now, there are just seven teams expected to have significant cap space next summer," ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks reported Feb. 5. "Last year, 10 teams had significant space. In 2016, more than 25 teams had at least $10 million in online slots malaysia room."

    That financial squeeze complicates things and could forcing marquee players to stay put when they'd rather leave, to take shorter deals when they'd prefer longer ones or to even consider opting into the final year of their contracts. It's going to be a weird summer. Here's how it might play out.

    Kevin Durant sacrificed some cash last summer to facilitate the Warriors' retention of Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, but eventually, he's going to get his market value. What's interesting is that he'll have to wait another year to cash in.

    Bet on KD to opt out and re-sign with the Warriors on a one-plus-one deal with another opt-out clause, just like the one he inked in 2017. After opting out again in the summer of 2019, he'll sign a full max deal with Golden State for five years and $217 million.

    The fallback option is for him to opt out and go with a four-year contract worth around $160 million this summer.

    He plays a major role on a perennial title contender without alpha-dog pressure (thanks to Stephen Curry's presence). What's not to like? Lock it in. Durant isn't leaving the Warriors.

    What they don't have, though, is a realistic chance to win a title next season—even if they add another max superstar alongside James. After they 138bet traded two rotation options to James' Cavs, the Lakers must still gut their roster to clear space this summer. Would James be convinced that a core of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, another max-level star and he could compete for titles...or even make the Finals in the loaded Western Conference? I'm leaning toward "nah."

    Cleveland remains James' best option for sustained championship-chasing, as long as we exclude the possibility of him latching on to a club like the Warriors or Houston Rockets, which we absolutely should. Kevin Durant was right when he called rumors of a James-to-Golden State move "bulls--t."

    The frenzy of deals the Cavs pulled off at the deadline added cash to their books, built a much more sensible on-court mix and, above all, showed James the organization remains serious about winning while he's still in his prime.

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