With all the free agency rumours of teams wanting to ship away the cream of the crop of the league due to their expiring contracts, people forget a few minor details that could stall all the trades. The extension rules for extend-and-trades are rather restrictive, making the contracts smaller. While Dwight might be pretty certain to just get 1-up’d in 3 years, he still won’t be sure, and I’m pretty sure he’d rather one extra year that he’d get in free agency over uncertainty. That’s just Dwight, let alone CP3 whose injuries might just cost him 10 million dollars in such a scenario.
Everyone’s quoting Carmelo as an example, Carmelo rushed for one, and only one reason — the expiring CBA. He wanted a bigger contract, he got a bigger contract. Here, there’s no rush, and while the teams might send their stars away, the stars have to agree to these moves. And I’m pretty certain that Free Agency looks just so much better to them from the perspective of controlling their own fate.
Now, the Suns have a lot of cap space this year, with Vince Carter’s buyout and Aaron Brooks’ $2 million off the books. But with more contracts expiring next year, and a possible Josh Childress amnesty, the Suns might just be in the frontrunning for two of the Deron-Dwight-Chris free agency team.
Yes, it’s far fetched, but it also might be the best option for those guys. Coming into a team that already has a solid support group; Gortat would probably slide to the 4, and with Jared Dudley starting at Small Forward, assuming that Grant Hill retires, a possible amnesty pick up of the Brandon Roy type at the Guard, and perhaps even Steve Nash playing an off-the-ball sixth man, if he decides to stay in Phoenix, the Suns would be a pretty dangerous team, with, say… CP3 and Dwight teaming up.
The cap space situation is looking pretty good. Assuming that Childress or Warrick are amnestied in the 2012 offseason and Robin Lopez isn’t offered a qualifying offer, the Suns would have well over 30 million dollars in cap space with the current cap. With the cap possibly rising over 60 million, the Suns would be in prime position to offer two max or ccontracts and then add some pieces to them using the new exception for teams filling the cap and bird rights on the likes of Steve Nash, who I’m pretty sure will be inclined to take much less money to do what he always wanted to do — contend for a championship in Phoenix.
And really, what else would a team with a starting lineup of Paul-Nash(He sure can play off the ball too)-Dudley-Gortat-Howard do, other than win? Not much, really. They’d just be winning.
Unfortunately, it’s time to wake up. Life’s not NBA 2k12, and Lon Babby doesn’t have enough balls to try and call the free agents asking whether they’d be interested in something like this. A dream remains a dream, and an open improbable option…
In the end however, the question is… If Lon Babby actually makes that call, and gets a indicative “maybe”, why not stay put? You might even get a better rookie if you do that.