My bad. I was confused because you mentioned the Arenas Rule which is to protect 2nd year RFAs from offer sheets and I couldn't imagine a poison pill contract going to Roberts or Miller. If over the cap Early Bird Rights are the exception which let the Pelicans give an MLE size deal.
if we're under the cap and we haven't signed that max-ish guy, then we're in a pickle. the arenas rule won't come into play because we'll have to use our cap room to sign them both. that would hurt our ability in FA
Dell seems to be quite capable at manipulating the cap. I'm still not entirely sure how the turning Peja into a $9 million trade exception all went down, but the order of the transactions was important. I don't think Demps would let cap holds expire and lose guys he wanted to keep for pointless cap space unless it was part of a move to sign a big money guy.
This post was edited on 5/6 at 4:11 pm