NBA Free Agency: Realistic options for the Suns

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  1. mojorizen7

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    Good, decent NBA players are expensive, even the solid role players. Either you draft them or you pay for them. You've just got to know what kind of team you're building and stay laser focused.

    The Suns need better players all around, and they have players under contract that need to go away...so if a strong rebounder who can defend comes along(for example) and he fits into what you envision in the long run you PAY HIM.

    What you don't do is pay players that will make your team look better in the short term.

    I still see no plan or clear direction.
     
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    PHX needs to do something. Ownership cannot just continue to wait for opportunities and not do anything, they will lose the fan base. These guys alone won't bring a title but it's better than nothing. How is Millsap too old when people on the board are clamoring for Aldridge who is the same age? He'll be cheaper than Aldridge. Signing these three would be dependent on other deals being made for the Morris Twins as it would create a log jam if they are still on the roster. PHX would also have to figure out what they want to do with Knight and Bledsoe.

    A roster with Millsap, Green x 2 plus Bledsoe and/or Knight would be a drastic improvement compared to last season.

    Use picks to get a big man to develop and eventually replace Millsap and either a playmaking PG (McConnell, Pangos) or SG who can shoot (Vaughn ) in Round 2. It would be a start.
     
  3. Mainstreet

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    You are definitely on the right track.
     
  4. slinslin

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    We don't have max caproom unless we make moves or let Knight go.

    So why are people even bringing up players that will obviously look for max money? Aldridge, Millsap, Draymond Green..
     
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    Knight is a restricted free agent so they can go over the cap re-signing him after signing another free agent, like they planned to do with Bledsoe last year. I believe his cap hold will be about 7.5 million which should give the Suns about $10-12 million in cap space to sign someone before locking Knight up. It all depends on where the cap is set at though.

    Millsap won't get a max deal at his age and his level of production, that would be starting close to 20 million a year given his age and years in the league. The Hawks aren't paying that to keep him and I doubt anyone else will to lure him away since they'd just be driving the price up on themselves.

    Golden State can't afford to give Draymond Green a max deal but he's not worth max money either. I doubt anyone offers him max money regardless, just like no one offered Bledsoe max money last year. If GSW wins the title this year they will probably be able to re-sign him for a fair price. Why would he leave a team he fits perfectly on and just won a title with? I seriously doubt he leaves, regardless of the money being offered to him.

    Aldridge is the only player that has been mentioned that will get max money but even then he's not getting it from Phoenix. Teams like Dallas and San Antonio will be throwing max money at him to lure him away from Portland.
     
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    LOL, there's a blast from the past.

    Do the Suns still own his rights?
     
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    Draymond Green will get a huge offer and GS will match. The cap is going up a significant margin and Lee + Iguodala will be off the books within two years.
     
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    Bogut
    Iguodala
    Lee
    Thompson
    Curry

    All these guys are at at least making $11M for the next couple of years, adding in the rest of the roster salaries, I don't think GS would match an offer north of $10M a year unless they are willing to pay luxury tax. If they win it all they might.
     
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    ASUCHRIS ONE HEART BEAT!!!

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    I'm as frustrated as you are, but even if we add one of these players (no chance we can afford 20+ million and add 2), we're in no different a position than we were before. (except we have no money and our roster is loaded with good but not great players)

    Look, our roster is a mess, and sans major improvement with our current young players, there is zero chance we can aspire to anything other than a 7-8 seed at this point. The guys you mention are players that can take a team over the top, and we're not one player away. We're multiple stars away. I know it's been some tough years, but doubling down by overpaying for questionable talent won't make anything better.
     
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    The luxury tax is going to be like 90+ million, they'll be fine.
     
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    Lee has one more year and then he's gone. They barely use him as it is. They might have a pinch in 2015-16, but after that they can do what they want.
     
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    LOL

    The salary cap will go up to 90M$+ in the next 2 years.

    All the guys will get max offers this season. Paul Millsap and Draymond Green will get the max.
     
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    Not luxury tax, the normal cap will be over 90M$ in 2017.

    You can expect that any player in consideration for the max will get the max this season.
     
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    Millsap and Green will both get the max. The max that players can get this season will be considerably less than the max in 2016 and further.

    Knight is a restricted FA but his cap hold will still mean that the Suns will not have max caproom unless they renounce his RFA rights.
     
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    I'm guessing that the Detroit Pistons are willing to move on from Greg Monroe...
    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/1...-milwaukee-bucks-caron-butler-shawne-williams
     

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