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It's about that time, guys.
Just because the n B A season is over doesn't mean sports season is out of commission.
We got baseball going on.
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So without further ado today's topic or topics, it's all about the off season.
It's all about the future of the MBA.
That's the hot topic right now.
Take a look at what guys were talking about.
Its trade rumors, trade ideas.
It's the next big story.
Daryl Morey is out.
Is GM guys tie? Lose the next head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The news stories air flowing free or flowing fast.
You gotta be on your game to be sure you can keep up with all this news.
The N B A doesn't stop if we know anything from this climate, especially in social media today, it's that the N B A never stops 24 77 days a week.
If there isn't games to watch their stories to follow, and that's what we're gonna do here today.
Business casual style.
So let's get into it.
First topic we have to address is free agency and the draft.
Those are the two impending dates here that we have to circle on the N B.
A calendar, and those mean a lot Just because they're November instead of July, June July doesn't mean they're any less important in the MBA continues.
We have some different landscapes to navigate in this day and age, but it doesn't mean that the MBA is going to stop navigating those pushing forward to bring in new talent into the league via the draft and then allowing teams to make these transactions over on the business side to bolster their teams all the way from the Lakers defending champion Lakers all the way down to Charlotte, Cleveland, New York, you name it.
These teams got to find a way to get better and adjust their line up.
So that's where that comes in now.
Free agency, the draft not too far away.
The draft is slated for November 18th, not too far away, and we were looking at one month.
It's a wild to me that the draft is in November.
It makes no sense.
That's usually primetime television, regular season basketball.
But not this year. This year is a little bit different.
So for the free agency and the draft, how is that going to be different? How is that going to change this year as opposed to what we've seen in years past? Well, first of all, we're talking about the draft.
We got to talk about the fact that teams air limited and how many guys they can see.
And you know you can't do your normal process where you have all these people coming in and out their strict limits on who could be present of these workouts.
I mean, they just allowed the MBA to start meeting with these guys in person, so I'm sure the league, as all of us are we're just tired of the zoom calls.
Tired of the teleworking, the online stuff that's going to continue for sure.
But in today's climate, now they have access to in person meetings again, so they have a shortage of film to draw from.
That's another difference this year, of course, because usually you have the entire college basketball season.
The Final Four, the N. C. double a championship.
That's all out the window.
So they haven't had a chance to see players perform at the highest level in environments like that.
Um, that oftentimes influenced draft decisions like go back and look at Dante Defense Kenzo.
Look at how his draft stock rose as a result of that national championship game.
Ah, lot of other people their stock fell.
So I think it's gonna be a kind of like a cancel out effect.
Some people might go higher than usual.
If we had the Final Four and the whole March Madness this year, some people will go higher.
As a result, they won't have that chance to kind of drop off.
So it's gonna help some people, and it's gonna hurt certain people.
So I think that's why certain maybe draft boards have stayed stagnant or state a little more consistent over time because there haven't been those performances to really drive people's opinions.
They're going off a film that's a little bit older.
Looking at Lamela Balls film Looking at James Wiseman film.
That film was a little bit older.
Now we don't have recent examples to draw from, like even if we did have March Madness that would have been in March.
That's a long ways away.
So we're going even ****her than that.
Like maybe there's been scrimmages and maybe there have been many camps.
But those are not good indicators on what players perform like when the lights are bright when the pressure is on, those are game time situation.
So the league is gonna have to decide what's really what's not who is gonna perform in the big moments, because I mean, Lemelle a ball is another great example here.
He didn't play in college.
He played overseas.
So how is that gonna influence his draft stock and what guys can take for granted here? So, I mean, that's gonna be really interesting to watch.
And then with free agency, I mean, that talk is already ramping up.
We won't get trying not to get ahead of ourselves talking about Yanis and how that's gonna be different.
Like looking down the road with, uh, you know, his free agency, period.
Like, we'll see that for another time, like well, let Twitter take the take the lead on that one.
There's plenty of talk when it comes to where Yanis is going He nation.
Is he? Is he going to Miami? Like what? We'll deal with that another time.
But in the immediate, we already have trade rumors.
James Harden Westbrook.
Are the Rockets gonna blow it up? I mean, that's a serious, serious move for a team like the Rockets that have been perennial playoff contenders year in and year out.
So I mean, a lot of these teams Michael look a lot different.
Houston might look a lot different.
Philadelphia might look a lot different.
Josh Richardson, another prime target that's already on the trade block.
If you wanna look at some trade ideas, Twitter is the first place I mean again, like Twitter is just bopping right now.
It's it's lit, and it's not gonna slow down anytime soon.
Maybe the rumors air out here.
They're flowing free and fast and furious, so that's not going to stop anytime soon.
Go out there and and check out exactly what you guys were talking about.
I don't really have to get into that in tow.
Too much stuff here with that, But with free agents, here's something that's going through my mind, and I'm interested to see if anybody has the same thought.
When it comes to the free agent climate, it looks very cold.
So think of it like this.
You're going outside.
You want to go for a run? You wanna go do something outside? You want to do some yard work? If you're going outside, do you wanna be out there? If it's 30 degrees, 20 degrees, it's snowing.
It's raining, of course not.
Wind chill of like negative 10.
That's not ah, hospitable environment.
That is not, ah, friendly environment that you want to place yourself in and be a part of consistently.
You wanna be away from that? You probably said to yourself, Let me chill for now.
It's gonna be the highest 60 tomorrow.
Let me go back out there when it's a little more comfortable for me.
So I know I could perform at my best because I don't know about you guys, but if it's negative 20 degrees outside, I'm not gonna perform at my best.
My body is gonna hate me.
Um, I'm sure sponsor is gonna love that mess is going back to that are stem thing.
But you perform best when your body feels good, right? So the free agency market is gonna operate in the same way right now.
It's not very accommodating to free agents.
You look at the climate.
It's like, Well, there are only a certain amount of teams that have cap space like here's the big picture item here.
The salary cap itself is probably gonna be stagnant, like Keith Smith over on Twitter.
I mean, article came out on slam, uh, here, slam online.
I'm looking at it, and they're assuming a $109 million salary cap with a 1 39 million luxury tax.
Now, that's not a lot different than we saw this year.
I mean, we're a lot of people.
A lot of the salary cap experts have been talking about a salary cap that's going to remain stagnant for at least this season and maybe going forward another year to like there's no telling right now.
So if they do that, it's gonna be tough because some teams air spending, you know they have increasing salaries like you gonna look at all the major players from the Sixers to the to the Rockets.
To all these teams that have signed Max players, their salaries don't go down, They don't stay stagnant.
For the most part, they're ascending.
So this those contracts continue to build.
They're putting a lot of.
They're investing a lot of their money into growth into a lot of future assets, like developing assets.
It's gonna hurt that the cap doesn't rise with it.
So teams are gonna have to make tough decisions.
They might have to cut certain players that have not guaranteed deals.
They might have to decline player options.
So all of that is gonna make for interesting environment of free agency.
And I'm just curious to see how teams navigate that.
They've also reported that out of the 30 MBA squads Onley six teams are expected tohave salary cap space into the off season and those air only four teams.
We only have four teams.
They're gonna have substantial space from there.
You're looking at another two teams that are gonna be on the bubble.
That's gonna be Phoenix and Miami Heat like they can open up space.
But will they like I'm not quite sure like they have.
At least Miami has aspirations to aim high and free agency.
As we know in 21 off season of 21.
So they're probably gonna wanna keep that open.
So they're not going to sign a bunch of guys this year that have, uh, contracts that extend past this year.
So if they're an environment where you can on Lee have you only have a choice of four teams with substantial cap space? Those four teams are not good.
Uh, you know, looking at like, what is it like, probably Charlotte in Cleveland, New York, Like you want to sign with them? Atlanta They're on the rise, but there's still another great squad.
So that's why I say this climate is not very hospitable or friendly to free agents right now.
So maybe we see more free agents do like a one plus one.
Maybe they dio ah, one year deal and go back into free agency next year.
Maybe these air trends that we see going forward because the climate is a little bit different.
Ah, Stillson report earlier, uh, Christian would his market is, like 5.
9 or not? Not 5.
9 like 8.9 million.
The mid level exception, like Christian would have we saw what he did.
Have we seen what he did for for Detroit Light at the end of last season.
That's the guy was coming into his own as a legitimate starter.
You don't pay a starter.
That just doesn't make sense.
Maybe it's just because of this climate.
So that's what I'm saying here.
When I when I attribute it or compare it to, ah, snowy climate or a cold climate, maybe some of you guys like the cold.
But for me, I'm thinking of like, bitterly cold.
I'm thinking of like Antarctica like you don't wanna be, ah, part of the Antarctic climate, no matter how much you like the cold.
Okay, I'm just saying so.
But that being said, free agency, the draft is gonna be a lot different.
So with that being pushed back with that coming a little bit later, what does that mean for next season? What's next season going to start? The speculation is all over the place again.
That's a tough thing about being a fan right now. We don't know.
We're not used to being in the dark.
I've been MBA fan for 10 years now.
I am so used to knowing exactly when the season's gonna start what the salary cap is gonna be.
What the luxury tax is gonna be.
The trade deadline.
The All Star game, like everything is laid out perfectly from the start of the season.
All the way through now, we don't know.
I don't know what's gonna happen.
No one likes being in the dark.
No one likes being out of control.
The MBA has a lot of control in this situation, but still even they're kind of at the mercy of how things going.
Negotiations like we're gonna have to just wait and see.
But with that being said, we can take some estimates and get some rough ideas as to when they might start.
A lot of you guys, I know you're on board with me when I say this.
The season beginning beginning on Christmas would have been incredible, Right? Christmas Day games.
It's a part of our traditions.
We have breakfast.
We watched NBA basketball all day long, don't know if that covers everybody, but it's definitely my case in my family.
That's not gonna be a thing.
This year there's gonna be no more NBA basketball until 21 That's a very sad reality.
It's something we're gonna have to deal with.
It's something we're gonna have to adjust to on.
A lot of people are saying January at the earliest is when we're going to see the start of next season.
So I know that draws up a lot of negative feelings for us, But it's necessary because the MBA has a lot of negotiations to do, a lot of work to be done on the financial side prior to the start of the season.
I mean, they're gonna give teams prior notice.
They're gonna give them eight weeks notice.
So that's a nice thing.
But it's just tough to just be in the dark and a lot of this stuff.
So if we're looking at exactly what's gonna happen like, whoa, Gee is reporting this on Twitter? We see a lot of Post here.
Um, he's gonna be quite busy as you go through free agency and through to next season.
A and the Players Association have agreed to extend their deadline to serve notice on terminating the C B A.
Now I know a lot of you guys are not versed in the C B A.
That's referring to the collective bargaining agreement of the MBA.
So they're pushing back the deadline to rip that up, basically to just throw it away and say, Let's start something new now that would be monumental because there's a clause I believe it's called the Force Force majeure provision in the C B A that allows both sides to just completely rip it up and say, We're starting over.
I don't think that's ever happened before.
Like if there's any salary cap experts out there, Historians correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think we've ever seen that before.
So if these two sides cannot come to an agreement that we're going to start all over, I mean, that could have insane consequences on the future of the MBA.
But what was just reporting that they're hopeful that's not gonna be necessary.
So right now, East Side has until the end of the month, October 30th to give 45 days notice on terminating that C B A.
So let's just hope that doesn't happen.
I hope it doesn't come down to it, but I see all that to say I'm not trying to get super complicated with this.
But we're just facing an uncertain climate in the N B a right now, and that's why we have to be patient with the MBA as we move towards January or February.
Hopefully, it's not any later than that start date for next season.
That's just gonna how it's gonna have to be right now.
So, uh, we're gonna wait, but it's gonna be worth it if this next season is anything like the bubble season we had with the excitement with the drama with the competitiveness from top to bottom.
I mean, there's so many teams out there that are legit.
No more of this, like warriors and everybody else, like everybody is on loving level playing field.
So if we could just wait it out, it will be worth it.
I'm telling you, it's gonna be worth it now for the format.
What's gonna happen with that? Like speaking of the Bubble, which played in the players played in a bubble for three months, the Heat and the Lakers were there for almost 100 days.
I know guys, I know it's hard to relate if we go to Disney World Some of you have probably never been to Disneyworld.
Some of y'all may haven't been since you were a kid.
Maybe you haven't been in a long time.
I usually go once a year.
I love the experience.
I love the hotels.
I love the customer service.
I love the food, the rides.
It's a magical place to be right.
That's their whole tagline.
That's their slogan.
The players go into the bubble, and I'm sure at first they're like, This is also we have the players launch for two K.
We could go swimming. We could go fishing.
We can chill with players and other teams. We can mingle.
We could do all this other stuff, like that's great, but not for 90 days.
Not for 100 days.
Not for 60 days, not for 30 days.
After a while, you're gonna get tired of being locked in like basically, you're locked in.
Now you can leave anytime you want.
So it's all about that.
But it basically means you have to quarantine.
No one's gonna quarantine, so basically you're locked in there.
So I'm sure at the end.
And this was reported at the ceremony of the celebration of the Lakers winning the championship.
They were saying, Basically, Danny Green was celebrating, saying, I'm free.
I'm free free at last like he was getting that whole speech out when he was walking out and they were doing the whole champagne thing and getting it on in there.
So it's hard to imagine for us as fans.
It's like I want to go to Disney World right now like I know what I do.
I usually guard for a year.
I haven't been since last night.
I want to go, but being locked in there, it's a little bit different.
So those guys that that that environment is tough and it really it really shows when you look at an article like the one that the Los Angeles Times posted yesterday, If you guys haven't checked that out, it's called.
Even the champion Lakers felt strains of life in the MBA Bubble.
Please check it out.
Fantastic article by Dan um woke white.
I'm not sure how to pronounce that last name butt.
Uh, here's a quote from the article.
We're free, he said, his voice echoing off the walls.
Freedom, I'm f and free.
That was this quote from the article.
Like Danny Green says.
I want the championship.
Get me out of here, man.
It's just insane to think about, but the article is basically saying that the Lakers and the Heat and all these teams it was so tough for them mentally to make it through the bubble like physically, there are advantages, so you don't have to travel.
You don't have to go from.
Imagine if you had to go from L.
Travel in that Syria's like That's a lot of miles recover.
That's a lot of travel that was eliminated.
They don't have to do any traveling for the entirety of the bubble.
I'm sure for most players that played a very big part of positive role.
Like if you don't have to worry about traveling, that's great.
Traveling in itself is does take a toll on the body.
If you've done any major traveling, you know that it's not easy thing to do, especially when you're going long distances.
You're you get tired from doing that so the players don't have to worry about that.
That's a plus, but here's the counterpoint to that.
It was exponentially more difficult mentally.
You hear this all the time.
If you played basketball, you've heard this.
You heard your coaches say it.
The game is what, 20% physical, 80% mental or something like that.
Something along those lines.
A lot of sports And basketball goes right here.
If you ask to Mark Rosen.
If you ask Kevin Love, they will tell you they will stress to you the importance of mental health.
Mental health is everything.
If you're not, if you don't have it up here like Paul George didn't have, apparently for, like, the entirety of the playoffs like he was awful.
But if it's not right here, you're not gonna play well, you're gonna be out of sorts.
You're just not gonna be effective no matter how talented you are.
George, What a talent he was a do you finish third in MVP voting last year.
He did do is talented, but in his mind, he didn't quite have it.
So it took a toll on the players being in the bubble for that long.
And that's why we probably won't see something.
It may be similar, but we're not going to see that happen again.
Probably never in history of the world.
Unless, for some reason, down the line, we get another pandemic or something.
But I don't see it happening again.
Like you ask the players.
Nah, they're not gonna be on board with that.
Hey, guys, what would you say about No, you're gonna get a no automatically off the jump.
They're just gonna shoot you down on like they're not even think about.
They're gonna be like, No, that was a once in a lifetime thing because we had a once in a lifetime, Hopefully situation that's over not doing it again.
That was just way too much.
Uh, just way too much just drama and just stress on your mind, man, like they can't do that again.
So I don't think it's feasible.
I don't think it's possible.
I think we're done with that.
It was one time issue, and it's gonna be over with.
So what does that leave us with? Maybe situational bubbles, regional bubbles, something like that where it's kinda like a short term, and you kind of jump from place to place.
You're not locked in one place for 90 days or whatever the case is, Maybe we see that.
But what I believe the league is gonna do and many would agree with me on this, we're gonna go back toe normal.
It's not gonna be completely normal.
Hopefully we can have arenas with lower capacity.
So the leak and get those tickets sales back the merchandise sales.
Because if we're looking at the business of basketball, the salary cap is directly tied to be Are I? What does br I explain that to me? Basketball related income.
So what is a part of BR I, um ticket sales sponsorship.
You're looking at season ticket holders.
You know, they want to pay and get their product that sends money to the league.
The sweet sales.
You sell these sweets for the higher ups to get these really expensive, um, box seats.
That's a big part of it.
You sell popcorn and candy and stuff of the arenas that's plays a big part.
You sell apparel at the arenas.
You sell a lot of things at the arenas.
You can't do that in the bubble.
All of that was eliminated.
And that's why the league has suffered suffered a shortfall in income because they didn't have those avenues to make money that they usually do.
That's why we have a lower salary cap like the two go hand in hand.
It's like anything else like you make less money, your budget goes down the bottom line.
That's all it is, like basketball or economics, one on one.
However, you want to think about it.
So the league is gonna go back to arenas, for the fans and for themselves.
It helps everybody.
If we're back in the arenas, they make more money.
Higher salary, cap. The players.
So whether it's 20% capacity, 30% capacity, I I have no idea what that's gonna entail.
But we got to get back in arenas.
That's just the way it's gonna have to be, whether it's a bubble situation, whether it's not a bubble, whether you just do temperature scans like they're gonna find a way.
And that's why another reason why I believe we're not going to see it starts in N B a season until we get to January, February or whatever it is next year.
they're gonna need time to sort that out, to create the infrastructure, to be able to support that for an entire season.
Because it's one thing to do it at one location for three months.
It's a whole another beast.
If we're going into, uh, testing and covert environment where you have multiple arenas, multiple places, multiple players traveling all over the place for how long is this season? Six months.
That's a lot different.
So they're gonna need time to sort that out.
Just be patient, guys.
The MBA is working.
They don't want this off season the last any longer than we wanted to.
But there are hurdles that have to be cleared, and they're gonna make sure that the players air safe.
The league is safe and everything is ready to go before we get back to action.
We made it through those spots of Covad with nothing.
We're gonna make it through this.
We're gonna stay strong together. I promise.
Here, through the streams, through Twitter, we're gonna make it so that brings us to I mean just real quick.
I want to touch on this, that trying to set the salary cap in the tax like I went over this a little bit earlier.
But that's huge for free agents.
That's huge for a lot of people.
And it relates to the next point I'm gonna make because I want to talk about how the Lakers and the Heat are toe progress forward after the end of their seasons.
But that's just another hurdle that the players have to overcome.
They have to think, like, do I wanna opt out? Is that smart right now? Should I hang on to my money? So I get my guaranteed money.
Should I tried Thio enter the market, even though it's not very hospitable? As I spoke to earlier, It's a It's a cold world, even more so right now, like a lot of this stuff that you don't have to deal with, like, do I cut these players rub against the salary tax? Can I afford to go into the salary tax right now because my team is suffering a shortfall like that's all stuff that they have to deal with and think about.
And I bookmarked this tweet from Eric Pincus over on, you know he works with the basketball insiders and he was saying that he's curious to see where the league and the players association land with the salary cap, like where it's gonna end up being for next season because the higher it goes, the higher the player escrow, which is the amount of money that the league has to withhold from the players to account for a shortfall or Unova Ridge in league revenue.
So the less the players get less players under current contracts make to allow bigger new contracts to be signed.
Like hope that makes sense.
But it effects everything.
That's why the salary cap is so important because it drives so many decisions on each team's individual levels.
So that's That's in a nutshell, guys.
That's why we have to be patient and just let the league sort this out.
They figured the bubble out, that they're going to make this happen.
Adam Silver, best commissioner in sports.
He's gonna make it happen, so that's a macro scale.
We looked at it from a widescreen view.
What do we have to look forward to when it comes to the team situation? So let's take that microscope that was on, um, about five x magnification.
Let's put it down to about five X.
We're going down to the team level.
We're looking at the Lakers and the Heat.
There's 30 teams out there.
I'll be back to talk about their situations and future podcast.
But for now, let's take a look at the two finals teams because they have some big decisions to make.
First off, Lakers Salutes Lakers Nation All the Lakers fans watching and listening.
Congrats to you guys. Great.
Siri's came at the expense of my boys, but, uh, conversation for another day.
Eso big decisions that have to be made.
It was just reported pretty recently.
I believe it was today that Rondo and KCP two big performance for the Lakers, and not just the Siri's, but the playoffs.
They were They were really good.
They had some great moments, definitely shocked me.
Um, they outperformed their contracts, I believe, especially Rondo.
I mean, he's only making 2.
5 million this season.
K C p um, he's opting out of this $8 million contract, so they're they're out there, free agents like what does that mean for them? I just hope they know what they're doing because I just mentioned.
This guy's like, This is not a normal free agent climate environment like there's a shortage of money to go around.
The league has made less money.
The teams have made less money.
That's less money that's gonna flow into new player contracts.
So for Rondo, I mean, it makes sense, I think is going to receive a res.
Like he had a fantastic final Siri's.
I mean, he went out there and bawled out.
I mean, that was the Rondo from, like, 8 2009 10 11.
You guys remember that, right? I mean, he was on another level.
So he's out here, diamond people up in scoring at a high level, so I can I can see why he opted out.
Hey, could at least get maybe, like a maybe even get a midlevel exception.
Now, maybe you can get, like, a biennial exception or something like that.
Maybe he could double at least double the salary.
Five million. Four million.
KCP though, uh, you know what you're doing.
My God, Are you okay? Eight million guaranteed.
And he turned that down.
I don't know if he's gonna get more than that.
The only reason I could see from opting out is he wants more security.
So maybe ops out of the deal where it's expiring.
Maybe he just wants to re up for a three year contract.
Maybe just get the security.
That makes sense.
But if you're looking for more money, it would have to be something like Okay, instead of eight million, you get 10 million this season, but we're gonna knock down your salary for the next two years.
So it goes from like 10 Thio 8 to 6 or something like that? Not really sure, But it's just something for the Lakers to to keep an eye on, because those those were two very good players for them in the playoffs.
Never thought I'd say this before the season, but if they lose those guys, that's gonna hurt.
Because for the Lakers, they don't have ah bunch of money.
I know it's the Lakers.
I know they got money, but they don't have AH bunch of cap space or or space under the luxury tax.
For them to go out and re sign players for a bunch of money.
They don't have a bunch of resource is so on that point, we gotta talk about Anthony Davis, because if we're talking about how the Lakers there could allocate those resource is to sign more players before you go resigned.
Players that are on the free agent market, they have to deal with their guy.
They have to deal with whether the 567 best players in this league Anthony Davis absolute mismatch on both ends of the floor.
Top three finisher and defensive player of the year voting e mean he had a fantastic season all NBA first team along with LeBron James.
You got to re up because he's opting out, too.
He's opting out of his $28 million deal to re enter the open market.
So another article you guys should check out is, um, USA Today.
Their sports division posted an article today breaking down Anthony Davis contract options with the Lakers.
So basically what they were saying is he has some difference that he could go down, so he opted out of that $28.
8 million player option.
The great thing about being a superstar unless the league like, just blows up and it just like ceases to exist.
Like if you opt out even in a down year, you're gonna get your money because your Anthony Davis like you're a superstar in this league.
So where does he go from here? If he's gonna opt out of this deal where $28 million is out out of the out of the picture, what does he get in return? So here are his options for option number 15 year deal $189.
So what that does for Anthony Davis, number one or a on this and is how this option goes.
He gets more years.
He gets the security that KCP is.
I'm thinking he wants to get by opting out.
So Davis gets the more years he gets five years.
Plus, it increases his salary for next season, So maybe it goes from 28 million.
I don't have exact numbers here.
I'm not gonna pull it a calculated and do it right now in the air.
You guys don't want to see that, but maybe from 28.
8 to 30 million.
So he increases his salary for next season and he gets the long term security.
That's a great situation.
But here's we've got to remember LeBron James.
He might not be here in five years.
He's LeBron James.
So who's to say for sure he might? He might be retired in three years.
Do you really want to be in the Lakers for five years? Do you want to commit your entire prime up until your early thirties to the Lakers? I don't know.
I mean, that's a long time to be anywhere.
Even the Lakers.
So what he could do is also a two plus one.
The plus one comes into play because players have a certain thing called a player option.
So if you wanna have a player option on your contract, you're in control of your own destiny.
You tie two of you.
He would tie two of his years two Lakers, but with that third year, he gets a player option.
So he has the option of leaving.
Uh, if you so choose is after that second year.
But there's more.
Anthony Davis has eight years of MBA experience with Max contracts.
The more you get experience, you hit certain thresholds.
You get even more money So if Davis gets to 10 years of experience, which do the math, eight plus two is 10.
He gets there after the two years he can opt out of that plus one, be a free agent.
Resigned in 2022 to another contract that's worth 35% of the cap.
So under the current projection, this could change because co vid but using $125 million cap projection, his Max Steel be would be worth $253 million over five years or 196 over four years.
So think about it, guys, if you have the opportunity to leave your job to grab more money elsewhere or maybe with same job but just to re up it like who isn't doing that, we're all gonna opt out.
We're all gonna get out of town so we can come back and make more money.
I would do that.
I'm pretty sure all you guys would do that, too.
So that's probably the most likely option for Davis.
I mean, who knows? Maybe it just takes the five years of screw it.
I'm just to be here five years But maybe LeBron LeBron is probably gonna be in this here on this one because LeBron pulled a lot of one plus ones while he was in Cleveland to kind of stay in control.
So he's not tired for too long.
So he's probably over there, Davis's ear kind of whispering to one of these to say like a one plus 102 plus one.
Brokaw's a lot can change in five years.
Maybe LeBron's gone, and maybe the Lakers are back to being garbage like you never know.
So I say to take the two plus one that makes a lot of sense.
But going from there like here's another rumor that concerns the Lakers.
What happens with Kuzma? He's on the trading block, according to MBA Twitter and in certain sources like teams are asking about Kuzma.
And if you think about it and makes sense, because with that roster, I've always felt like Koosman doesn't really fit with that roster he's coming up on, I believe the last year of his rookie deal.
So with the Lakers, I mean, because every sign him, yeah, Do you want Thio? I'm not really sure I don't know For me, like, I always feel like we're keeping Kuzma.
It's kind of like, all right, we're keeping a trade piece I don't think they want on their long term, at least from my point of view.
So for next season, I mean, he's on the block for 3.
But after that restricted free agency, so what that means for the Lakers.
It's like he's eligible for an extension.
But I just there's no way they're gonna extend him right now.
Like LS they just wanna They be increases trade value by putting them under more years.
I just don't see them re upping him for, um for a bunch of dollars for a bunch of years.
So I think they look to trade him.
Uh, I don't think he's a fit for the Lakers. Long term.
I don't think he really works with what they got.
He drives with the ball in his hands like he hasn't been the same player.
Like as players around him have gotten better.
You see the correlation there so his touches goes down like his touches go down.
I feel like his percentages have dropped off.
Like maybe he confined himself back a 35 36% clip from three.
But even its three ball is shoddy, so I'm not sure what teams were willing to give up to get him, like maybe a marginally effective world player, like but obviously for the Lakers, they don't need that much Like Kuzma didn't give him much anyway, at least in the finals.
So they're probably seeing themselves like, Do you have somebody that can spot up from three, hit consistently and or be a solid defender out there like that's all we need? That's all the Lakers need.
Must be nice to be the Lakers when a three and D player or like a stretch fours.
All you need in return from a player are four player that you have to 27th.
That has been Ah, very nice surprise for you over the years, so it must be nice. Guys.
Must be nice. Last day on the Lakers.
Dwight Howard, Is he going to stay? Is he gonna go? Dallas is enquiring going. States enquiring.
Uh, so that would be interesting to see if he moves on from the Lakers for Dwight.
I mean, why not? You got the championship, bro? You mean you got the ****** off your back? Why not explore going state? Uh, I mean, they have a decent chance to win a championship.
I mean, it's not as high as it was in years past, but there's still the Golden State Warriors.
They still got the Splash Brothers.
They still have an incredible team.
So that's another opportunity.
If they move on from Boban, maybe he slides in there and takes the backup five spot and plays along with Luke on poor Zynga's.
Like Porzingis and Dwight.
I love that Perry Dwight near the basket.
Porzingis operates outside of the basket.
They can kind of operate their own zones, and that would be a nice pairing there.
So, uh, I'm done with it.
What do you guys think? I'm curious to hear your thoughts on that where Dwight should sign.
I'm assuming this could be another veteran minimum deal.
Even though he played extremely well in the playoffs.
Where should he go? Um, you can't really lose.
I mean, you stick with Ella, you sticking with LeBron.
He's got a good right now, So he's got a ring.
You know, he's coming off of a great Siri's.
He's feeling good about himself.
Shout out to Dwight, Shout out to Rondo.
I mean, those guys really transformed their reputations over there.
Last team, Last topic of the day, Guys.
Miami Heat, Miami Heat.
So you knew it was coming.
The runner up for the championship, the 2020 championship.
Miami made a great run, but now they have questions of their own.
They have title aspirations they've tasted.
They've tasted success at the highest level They were, they were close.
There were two games away from the title.
Uh, you know doesn't make a difference.
You know, they're still the runner up, but they know they could do something.
Miami's got the confidence.
They know they can compete for a championship, and they know that other people know free agents.
No, they could compete for a championship.
This run conspiracy theory time.
Here you go, guys.
This entire run was a giant marketing scheme.
Pat Riley in and Erik Spoelstra got together to like we're gonna make the greatest marketing scheme ever.
Here's our pitch.
We made the finals without Yanis without a superstar with you in the fold.
How could we not win it? We are on the verge of championships, on the verge of the greatest success in MBA.
Like, Why not make a splash? So that's what the whole season was about.
Is the whole marketing pitch, and they pulled it off to perfection.
So the first order of business has to be drag Egx.
He made $19 million last season, 19.
He earned every penny.
They don't make the finals without him.
He earned every penny of that 19 million e think about this.
He had a player option prior to the season, so he could he could have.
Could have skipped town.
I'm sure glad he didn't because man that got a sensational.
I wish him all the best.
I hope that he recovers quite nicely from the injury, But I think even with the injury, he still has made himself a lot of money for next season.
I personally believe that he wants to remain in Miami.
Miami wants to retain him, so they come to a compromise.
They're not gonna give him three years.
I don't e don't even think they're gonna give him two years at least not straight up.
Maybe an option.
But you go for one year.
You give him 15 16 $17 million for one more year.
Keep him around.
Keep that caste based open for, you know, 2021 Dragon.
Just drag it gets another payday.
I mean, how many other 34 going on 35 year olds can say they can bank 16 $17 million at that point in their career, like it doesn't happen.
So Miami says, like what cash you out for one year Dragons is like, Hey, man, I'm back.
Let's go, let's run it back! So that's how I see that going, Uh, the market's gonna be cold.
Like I keep saying this guy's like It's a cold world out there, So opting out seems like a nice India on paper.
But I think some guys you're gonna get burned from it.
And I think Drawbridge knows that he knows that just trying to skip town and trying to find another team like who else has cap space? No one that he wants to play for.
He came this close to the championship.
He's gonna go to a rebuilding team.
Atlanta, New York It's not gonna happen.
So he's gonna come back, and I think they're gonna find agreement on a nice large deal on that front.
Next order. Business.
What's gonna happen with Jae Crowder? Guys, I believe Jae Crowder deserves at least a two year deal.
He's done very well for himself.
Maybe just straight up, two year deal.
I'm not exactly sure how much money he's looking for, but Jake Carter had a fantastic season.
He had a fantastic run from Miami.
He transformed himself into a legitimate shooter.
Once he arrived in Miami, he went from a sub.
I think it's some 30% 3 point shooter to 38% 39% with the Heat.
Like what? A turnaround, like that man found his home.
So I think the team, him and the team are going to do their best to kind of stand same page and stay together.
That's one of the great things about building a team environment like that in Miami, like you have the benefit of a doubt with your players they've tasted.
They've experienced that success for themselves, and they have experienced the best version of themselves.
Like Jae Crowder reverted back to Boston.
Jae Crowder, his prime this best years.
So he says to himself like Okay, maybe I give up a few million dollars.
Maybe I give up a year security.
But I know this team is gonna take care of me.
I'm gonna have success here.
And this is a place where I am utilized.
I appreciate it, and I'm gonna get better.
I will continue to get better.
So I think all that is going to really help Miami kind of retain him and get him for a reasonable salary.
Uh, maybe a mid level type salary.
I mean, not too rich, You know, you got to keep that caste based up in 21 guys.
21 It's all about 21.
So, um, mid level exception Jae Crowder two year deal may be an option for a third year.
I think it's fair.
We'll have to see what happens with that because he has played well.
So if he wants a little bit more, I don't think he'd be.
I don't think he'd be crazy for asking for that, but hopefully the Miami is kind of give themselves a cushion toe where if he wants more, it's not gonna shoot them in the fight or, you know, kill their capsule for 21 or anything like that.
Eso for Jae Crowder? He's established on the wing.
So what happens with Derrick Jones Jr.
I forgot he existed for a few games in the Finals like they pulled him out. He played a little bit.
He sat upon on the bench.
He didn't move for most of that, Siri's.
So he came in for for defensive possession at the end of the second quarter, and that was it.
That's all he needed him for.
So in the playoffs, like, yeah, his his value took a hit.
He's not a four spacer.
He's not an initiator.
He's not a shot creator, so he's definitely limited on defense or offense.
But on the defensive end, he has a lot that can offer your team.
So the open market they might offer him a little something.
Something out there in Miami might kind of balked at the offer and say, Hey, you can have him so that could, uh, price out Miami because, you know they have aspirations and they Love Derrick Jones Jr.
The players love Derrick Jones Jr.
They want him back.
They're not gonna sacrifice the future for him.
They're not gonna sacrifice a shot at Johannes.
And it all comes down to this whole off season for Miami comes down to How much is too much for Yannis? How much are you giving up? And how is it going to influence that offseason? Like how much is too much chasing after Oladipo and making sure you get him under a deal that's reasonable.
That's not over $20 million that I don't think that's too much recently Jae Crowder and drag it.
That's not too much.
That's very reasonable.
So it's all about judging the risk reward structure.
Um, in Miami there, right, that's That's what it's all about.
That's what it comes down to.
So if Derrick Jones Jr hypothetically leaves, let's say that happens.
Would they replace him with? I got the answer for you.
My Miami people will know off the bat who this is K Z Arc Palla.
Remember the name 68 or 69 forward from Stanford second round pick.
Miami gave up, I believe, to future second round picks for Casey.
Miami knows how to find talent.
If they found a guy that they're willing to give up two second round picks for Oh, man, he's gonna be the real deal. He is.
So I feel like he's next up.
He's gonna be the next diamond in the rough as a Miami fan.
Let me tell you guys, he's next up.
So J Rich Remember how he came out of nowhere? Hey, made a name for himself.
Bam! He took the rise.
Tyler Johnson took the rise.
You look all around the roster. Kendrick Nunn.
Here comes Cassio.
Paula, you're gonna it's gonna be It's gonna be mid next season.
All star break, and you're gonna turn on the jump and they're gonna be saying like, Who is this case? Apollo kid.
I can't believe Miami found another diamond in the rough.
I'm just calling it right now.
I just wanna put it out there.
The receipts air here on live on Airways, so people understand that I made this claim before the season started.
I want to put that out there.
But Casey Akpala remember the name next secret weapon for Miami one last point here, guys, before I shut it down for today.
What happens with this extension? Talk.
He is extension eligible.
But every team has a different situation, guys.
So if a guy doesn't get extended like that, it doesn't mean they don't want him.
Like I saw something on Twitter.
It's like teams are asking about bam.
They're like making enquiries and kind of looking around like Is Van like Is he gonna be? No, he's not gonna be available.
Stop asking like bam is here to stay for a long, long, long time.
And I think as long as bam in the team are on the same page understanding that you're gonna get your money, you might just have to wait a year like you're gonna get your money.
I promise that everything is gonna be okay.
Uh, this is the last year of bam's deal.
Kind of similar to Kuzma classes 17 I believe, dropped to 17 eso He has another year worth, I believe, $5 million.
I believe it's about five million.
Something that range.
So I mean, they don't have to extend him.
Most teams typically do so they don't They don't hit free agency.
So I mean, if things kind of progress like people are saying it, well, it means that band will hit restricted free agency.
So it's gonna create some intrigue, is gonna create some questions.
People are gonna be whispering like it's Miami gonna isn't gonna do that.
Are they gonna resign them? Yes, But think about it.
If they wait until 21 they wait.
Let him hit restricted free agency.
Yanis Let's say he doesn't read up this season.
Let's say he's a free agent.
You're gonna resign Yanez using cap space cap space bird rights.
We gotta remember this guy's they're important.
Fastest to the MBA.
You take your cap space resigned Yanis because you don't have rights on them Like he came from Milwaukee.
So you have to pay up using your own cap space.
We got unis Cool.
Didn't forget about you, man.
Let me use Let me use cap space.
Let me go out there.
Or rather let me use my bird rights to go over the cap to resign.
Bam! Out of bio.
So if you're doing it like that guys, you play your cards right you do things in the correct order, you can have your cake and eat it, too.
You can have it both ways.
You could have bam, You can have.
Yanda's the fit.
We won't get into that right now, but you can have both players.
So that's why I expect Miami to do.
They're not punting on bam.
Don't put it out there.
Don't put that curse in Miami.
Um, he's gonna be back.
It's just gonna be a little bit different than maybe you guys expecting a different format than you're expecting.
But he will be back.
And let's watch my aunt.
They made the best marketing pitch ever, and they're gonna have cap space if they got Jimmy Butler without cap space.
What? What can they do with some money on their hands? Some real spending power is gonna be interesting.
And, uh, shout out to my sent out to the management for making that trade to get James Johnson and Dion waiters out of town because they had an option that would have cut it to their space, I believe, Or maybe not 21 but they would have been on the books for this season, they still would have been on the books.
So got rid of those guys.
Shout out to Miami management.
They know how toe manage that money, man.
Like they have some special powers or something like, I'm just amazed that they got Jimmy Butler with no cap space.
None just a guy that was picked 40th in the draft a few years ago. Named Jane.
That's a that's incredible feat, but I think that about does it for me. Guys.
Lakers Pete got some questions that need to be answered.
I hope that I made my messages and and everything else tryingto convey through the salary cap and thes options and everything.
I hope that was clear hope I didn't ramble on too much.
I just wanted to just kind of make things understandable for you guys.
Put it on level.
That makes it easy to digest, and you can kinda reciprocate that and say it again if other people maybe ask you about these topics.
But that's just what I'm passionate about.
The salary cap, the C B A.
You're gonna hear a lot more about that because the C B A is gonna be such an important part of determining how next season operates.
Exactly what, um is gonna be changing for next season.
And it's obvious through this podcast and what you're seeing on airwaves and all around the Internet, it's gonna be It's gonna be some changes for sure, but I think they'll be positive changes that will allow the MBA to continue to conduct business as usual, get fans back in the seats, get teams back in those arenas and have Cem Cem insane N b a basketball.
I'm ready for it. I can't wait.
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