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Sports Worst possible outcomes for top NBA free agents

17:01  14 june  2018
17:01  14 june  2018 Source:   yardbarker.com

KD thinks active free agency this summer 'will make the league better'

  KD thinks active free agency this summer 'will make the league better' A common counterargument against criticism of this year's relatively perfunctory 2018 Finals is that the onus now lies on the rest of the league to catch up to the juggernaut Golden State Warriors, now owners of three of the past four NBA championships. Not only does Warriors star Kevin Durant echo that sentiment, he's actively encouraging players to team up this summer to try and steal his team's throne. "I want to see that movement," DurantNot only does Warriors star Kevin Durant echo that sentiment, he's actively encouraging players to team up this summer to try and steal his team's throne.

With that being said, here are the five possible outcomes for the Lakers in free agency this offseason. This possibility is the most realistic outcome for the Lakers in free agency . The Lakers, as of right now, have enough cap space to sign one max free agent and not two. NBA Free Agency .

This might be an oversimplification, but it feels like there are only two possible outcomes to Paul George's free agency —re-signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder or bolting for his hometown Lakers. It's hard getting a read on his situation.

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As basketball fans peruse the list of NBA free agents, they’re eager to build the best-case scenario for their favorite team. But that plan rarely goes off without a hitch.

In the summer of 2018, money will be tight around the league. Many franchises are pressed for cap space — or simply have none — and that’s certain to have a noticeable effect on free agency.

Using our top free agents as a guide, we’ve broken out the pessimism glasses and looked at doomsday scenarios for the best 15 players who could hit the market.

Flyers don't intend to pursue free agent Kovalchuk

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Plus, the NBA is the best league in the world when it comes to social media and July is always awesome when you start getting WojBombs. We’ll take a look at 14 of the most important decisions with one caveat. We won’t be looking at restricted free agents , but instead will focus on player option

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Tyreke Evans: Only finds short-team deals

One year ago, Tyreke Evans found himself without many opportunities. So, the veteran swingman bet on himself, signed a contract worth $3.3 million in 2017-18 and provided incredible value to Memphis. He averaged 19.4 points, 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds, showing off the versatility that once made him a valued draft prospect. But what if the production doesn’t translate to more than one- or maybe two-year offers? Evans, who turns 29 in September, is nearing the end of his prime. He might never have a better chance to ink a lucrative long-term deal.

Isaiah Thomas: Hip injury worries suitors

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Isaiah Thomas is adamant his hip injury won’t affect what happens in free agency. That could be reasonable, since a gradual rise in production after heading to the Lakers prevented his value from plummeting. Thomas tallied 15.6 points and 5.0 assists per game in 17 appearances. Nevertheless, concerns about his health could turn off several teams. That could result in Thomas receiving several offers — of the short-term variety. He believes he’s a superstar worth big money, but franchises may prefer a prove-it deal before committing their future to Thomas.

Report: Sharks, Couture progressing toward long-term extension

  Report: Sharks, Couture progressing toward long-term extension The San Jose Sharks aren't playing around this offseason, as reports indicate the club is progressing on a long-term extension with center Logan Couture, sources told The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. San Jose already locked down winger Evander Kane with a seven-year contract earlier in the spring. A number of Sharks players are set to hit free agency at the end of the upcoming season (most notably Couture and Joe Pavelski), so general manager Doug Wilson might want to get a head start on solidifying his core.

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Jump to navigation Jump to search. A restricted free agent is a type of free agent in the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), or National Basketball Association ( NBA ). Such players have special restrictions on the terms under which they can retain or change

Jusuf Nurkic: No market for centers

Cap space is limited around the NBA this summer. And in today’s three-point-driven era, there is potential that non-spacing, non-defensive anchor centers will find a barren free-agent market. Further complicating matters is Jusuf Nurkic might not be the No. 1 target fitting that description anyway. That honor would belong to DeAndre Jordan, should he opt out of his contract. Nurkic is due a raise beyond the $4.1 million qualifying offer from Portland, but it’s a rough summer for a center to be negotiating a long-term contract.

Jabari Parker: Injuries scare teams into small offers

When healthy, Jabari Parker is a 20-point threat on a nightly basis. But as the saying goes, availability is the best ability — and that hasn’t been a strength for Parker. Through four years in the league, he’s only appeared in 56 percent of the possible 328 regular-season games. Two ACL injuries cost him the majority of that time. Combine that problematic history with mediocre defense, and Parker might not be worth the price tag needed to steal him from Milwaukee. The Bucks would love to keep him at a discount; Parker, not so much.

Damien Cox: All that NHL free agent glitter isn’t really gold

  Damien Cox: All that NHL free agent glitter isn’t really gold It really depends on the objective.If it’s to make a splash and attempt to convince skeptical home fans that management is doing everything in its power to win, signing unrestricted NHL free agents to massive contracts can absolutely be an effective tool.But if it’s to actually win, well, most of the time it’s best to stay away. Fish for talent somewhere else. For the most part, with the unrestricted types, you’re paying a large free agent premium for players past their prime, and almost always you’re paying players for what they’ve done, not what they can do.That’s not to say unrestricted free agents can never help a team move closer to a championship.

NBA Free Agents – 2019-2020. Top 50 Highest Paid Players. NBA Rookie Salary Scale. Robert Covington played his worst stretch of basketball since developing into an integral 3-and-D player for the Sixers.

Kwame Brown, the first selection, had a solid pro career but fell incredibly short of expectations and is widely considered one of the worst top selections in the history of the draft. 8 NBA Free Agents That Will Chase A Ring (And 8 Who Will Chase The Money).

Julius Randle: Signs early, Lakers miss stars

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We harbor no judgment for athletes who chase a payday over a roster fit. But when money is there either way, the preferable choice is obvious: Be on a promising team, too. Julius Randle could be a casualty of the Lakers pursuing LeBron James and Paul George. If the superstars are in no rush to announce a decision, Randle might be persuaded to take the money on a mediocre team before it’s clear if the Lakers have cap space for him. And should they whiff on James and George, re-upping in L.A. would’ve been better than heading to Atlanta.

Zach LaVine: Bulls have an easy decision

Within weeks, Zach LaVine will be the proud new owner of an eight-figure annual salary. Since he’s a restricted free agent, the Bulls are likely to be footing the bill. But if Chicago’s front office isn’t forced to reconvene for one final serious discussion, that means LaVine didn’t receive a max offer elsewhere. Although the Bulls would probably match that contract anyway, they shouldn’t be faulted for keeping it off the table until necessary. LaVine will be hoping to secure a massive offer sheet and put the pressure on Chicago to match.

Flames Free Agent Target: Thomas Vanek

  Flames Free Agent Target: Thomas Vanek Flames Free Agent Target: Thomas VanekWith the Flames having virtually no picks in the upcoming draft, we’re going to look ahead to free agency. The Flames had quite a few holes last season, but one that often hurt them the most was depth scoring. So with that in mind, here is a free agent forward that could fit nicely onto the team.

To get you ready, here's a look at the top 40 free agents in this class. Carries with him the burden of being the most divisive figure in the NBA . Can overthink possessions. Weaknesses: Defense, mobility (age), managing double-teams (age), possible need for minutes reduction.

NBA News By Team. NBA Trade History. NBA Free Agents – 2018-2019. NBA Free Agents – 2019-2020. Top 50 Highest Paid Players. NBA Rookie Salary Scale. What makes matter even worse is that the rules have become so cumbersome that they might as well not even exist.

Aaron Gordon: No max offer sheet extended

LaVine’s situation is identical to that of Aaron Gordon and Orlando, which shouldn’t let its potential star leave but can slow-play the situation. His averages of 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds plus a continually improving three-point stroke offer enough reason for other teams to extend a max contract. After all, they aren’t stealing Gordon away from the Magic without one. But like the Bulls, Orlando can wait to provide that highest-dollar deal and shouldn’t rush to it. Gordon will be seeking the initial offer to guarantee that max contract.

DeAndre Jordan: Opts out, suitors disappear

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One year can make an enormous difference in the perception of a player. DeAndre Jordan might recognize that and decide it’s best to become a free agent now as opposed to opting in for $24.1 million in 2018-19. The difficult thing for Jordan is he’s likely not attracting that money this summer. His decision to chase long-term financial stability might result in a significantly lower offer than expected. And, with the benefit of hindsight, we could be saying it would’ve been smarter to opt in and wait to accept the reality of a smaller deal next year.

Clint Capela: Sign-and-trade piece in LeBron deal

Dubas still open to re-signing Bozak, JVR, Komarov

  Dubas still open to re-signing Bozak, JVR, Komarov Like most NHL general managers, newly appointed Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas has a busy few weeks ahead of him. With the draft and free agency looming, Dubas was asked about his plans for pending unrestricted free-agent forwards James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, and Leo Komarov. "The door is always open," Dubas said Saturday, according to the Canadian Press. "We're evaluating where things are." The success of some prospects already on Toronto's depth chart this season, such as AHL playoff MVP Andreas Johnsson, gives Dubas the luxury of not having to force a deal, and helps relieve any pressure to re-sign one of the aforementioned veterans.

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What are top NBA free agents worth? At his worst , Iguodala would be a premier 3-and-D wing. But Dre also has the ability to score off the dribble and in transition and create plays for others (Iguodala ranked third last season in assist ratio among shooting guards and was 47th overall).

The Rockets have dreams of bringing LeBron James to town, but that wouldn’t be a painless process. Houston general manager Daryl Morey would have to conjure up a sign-and-trade, and there’s a chance — while extremely small — that includes Capela because Cleveland will do everything possible to refuse taking on Ryan Anderson’s contract. And as much as the Rockets value Capela, when there’s a chance to add LeBron, you add LeBron. Then, instead of playing in an ideal system, Capela would be thrust into a leading role that isn’t his optimal fit.

DeMarcus Cousins: Pelicans’ low-ball offer is best

New Orleans doesn’t need to be convinced DeMarcus Cousins is a great player, but a ruptured Achilles complicates his monetary worth. The Pelicans understand that Cousins may never be the same player again. That’s not a shot at the center; it’s simply a reflection of the historical trend surrounding the injury. New Orleans could decide to offer a short-term contract, and there are already concerns about a thin market for Cousins. Considering his past production, he’ll rightly demand max money. But that might not be available anywhere.

Chris Paul: Rockets don’t offer max

Other than the Warriors — and that’s not happening — where else would Chris Paul have such a tremendous opportunity to win? The answer is nowhere, for anyone still pondering that question. A recent report noted CP3 will be seeking a max contract from the Rockets this summer, and they’re expected to comply with the demand. He doesn’t have much reason to leave. The only foreseeable way Paul gives a realistic thought to free agency is if Houston doesn’t follow through. But the potential aftermath is a situation both sides should prefer to avoid.

Stastny's agent hasn't discussed contract renewal with Jets

  Stastny's agent hasn't discussed contract renewal with Jets The prospect of pending unrestricted free agent Paul Stastny re-signing with the Winnipeg Jets is looking bleak. "We've really had no discussions to date," the forward's agent, Matt Keator, told The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. "There's plenty of time, so we'll see where it goes."Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and Keator had a brief hello at the NHL scouting combine in Buffalo more than a week ago, but that's about it, LeBrun wrote.Stastny tallied 53 points this past season, including 13 in 18 games after he was traded from the St. Louis Blues to the Jets at the trade deadline. He added 15 points in 17 playoff games.

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Still, the most probable outcome of his free agency this summer will be a return to the Golden State Warriors. Early Look: Top 15 Impending NBA Free Agents (And Where They Will Sign). The 10 Worst NBA Draft Picks Of The 90s (And 10 From The 2000s): Where Are They Now?

Nikola Jokic: Denver picks up team option

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Whether it’s July 2018 or July 2019, Nikola Jokic is getting a max contract. His financial future, barring a catastrophic injury next season, is secure. It’s reasonable to suggest he’d prefer to make the dozens of millions now rather than later, right? Should the Nuggets pick up his team option, though, Jokic would only be due $1.6 million in 2018-19. While that seems like the obvious choice for Denver, Jokic would become an unrestricted free agent next July. The Nuggets would be wise to lock him up now, and Jokic would get a raise 12 months sooner.

Paul George: Long-term deal with OKC

Playing alongside Russell Westbrook for another three or four seasons should be appealing to Paul George — and for good reason. The issue is that signing a max contract to stay in Oklahoma City puts the franchise in a financial bind. The Thunder would have nearly the entire salary cap devoted to Westbrook, George, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson. While that’s a terrific quartet, adding usable depth would be a laborious task. If George is to return to OKC, he should consider a short-team deal to give himself an out in case things go sour.

Kevin Durant: Wants the max, doesn’t get it

Let’s be serious here: After winning two championships in two seasons with the Warriors, Kevin Durant has little reason to depart. He can continue piling up trophies in Golden State while sharing the floor with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Durant took a discount in the summer of 2017 to ensure both Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston would re-sign but is eligible for a massive extension this year. Durant has confirmed he’ll remain with the team, so the only question is whether the new contract is a max deal.

LeBron James: Returns to Cleveland with similar roster

Even as Boston and Philadelphia rise in the East, the road to the NBA Finals will run through LeBron James if he sticks with the Cavs. But there’s no chance Cleveland, as constructed, will take out Golden State or Houston in a seven-game series. The No. 8 pick in the 2018 draft helps yet won’t close the gap significantly. LeBron has reason to return on a short-term contract, but the Cavs failing to improve the roster would create a feeling of inevitable elimination in 2018-19. And this free-agency circus might then repeat next July.

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