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corndeaux
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Ben Falk (subscription) on front office mindset in Griffin trade

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Some problems can only be solved by going backward. Sometimes you can’t just keep inching toward your goal, but instead have to take one step back to take two steps forward.


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Andrew Sharp on NBA salary structure and how to build a team in this CBA environment

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Superstars are a prerequisite to relevance in today's NBA, but more and more it looks like the prerequisite to actually succeeding with superstars is spending wisely everywhere else


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In theory, the current salary structure of the NBA makes sense. The latest CBA raised the minimum salaries for the bottom of the league, while making it easier to reward the superstars who are actually selling the league and generating interest.


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The problem is that if the current system is designed to make the bottom of rosters more expensive while also rewarding superstars, that model only works for teams if they can show restraint and creativity when it's time to spend on the NBA's middle class.




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The Pelicans have been doomed by bad investments in the likes of Omer Asik and Solomon Hill, and they could have one of the highest payrolls in basketball if they pay DeMarcus Cousins this summer


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Ben Golliver goes long on 2 Way Players, that system, and how the Clippers have been staying afloat with them this season

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ErikGordan
Member since Oct 2016
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re: 3 Good Recent Reads
Sporting News quoted a fellow GM calling Dells "desperate".


NOSHAU
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Sporting News quoted a fellow GM calling Dells "desperate".


He's been that way for a few years now.


corndeaux
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Member since Sep 2009
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re: 3 Good Recent Reads
another one from Falk specifically on Pels/Mirotic saga. free for cap explainer, paid for breakdown

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doesnt get into whether reports from Woj about Pels not wanting to take on option. nothing that hasn't been said by others, but said well here. pointing to Hill and Moore deals leading to Holiday deal (all logical moves in isolation to help the team) leading to current dilemma.

he cites an analogy from an earlier, free article. here's the summary

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There’s a certain class of decisions where the results of the decision are significantly disconnected in time from the decision itself. Facing these “mailman problems” it takes someone who’s learned their lesson before, or who has particular foresight, to avoid running into the fence at the end of the path.

Salary cap management is a mailman problem. A bad contract or two won’t often hurt a team immediately — usually, in fact, the team will enjoy the benefits of the newly acquired players and everything will seem fine. It’s only later, sometimes a few years later, when the constraints imposed on the team through overpaying players will tie a front office’s hands. Teams in this situation often seem close to their goals, needing just a little more on the roster to get over the hump. But, lacking the cap flexibility to supplement their current personnel, they bump up against the ceiling of their team’s potential.






corndeaux
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re: 3 Good Recent Reads
Lee Jenkins on Lou Will

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The ballad of the humble gunner involves five rappers and two girlfriends, a McDonald’s and a Friday’s. It winds through Memphis and Atlanta, Philadelphia and Toronto, but not college, never college. “The neighborhood bred me,” Lou Williams says. He could unleash 50–balls and fill composition notebooks with what he learned on the streets. Allen Iverson was one professor, Jermaine Dupri another.


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corndeaux
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Member since Sep 2009
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re: 3 Good Recent Reads
another piece from Ben Falk. this one is behind a paywall for the 2nd half, but the free part focuses on the Pels and Bulls game. he isolates the Pels offense down the stretch v Chicago, particularly the spread PnR w/ Holiday/Davis and Boogie spotting up behind the 3pt line.

really quality analysis w/ video to highlight his points and what the Pels were doing on offense w/ bigs out wide. a shame Boogie is out, but they can run this set w/ Mirotic too.

LINK


corndeaux
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Member since Sep 2009
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re: 3 Good Recent Reads
Mark Deeks just dropped The Capulator.

basically NBA trade machine, but team's cap sheets. Cap gurus, go forth and conquer


TigerinATL
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re: 3 Good Recent Reads
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The Capulator.


Looks great! Thanks


ShamelessPel
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Member since Apr 2013
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re: 3 Good Recent Reads
Oh my god no wonder Dell is desperate you have to do some serious serious gymnastics and gut the team to get us under the tax without a trade.

Assuming you sign Boogie 5/175
This post was edited on 2/9 at 4:57 pm


htran90
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Member since Dec 2012
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In all of this, the one finger I can point to dell is in his tenure he devalued the hell out of the wing position.

While the league began changing their rosters, Dell went the opposite. 3 guard lineup. Investing 3 picks and millions into centers.

Ariza was the best sf we've had in the dell Demps era, and he was literally sent off to get rid of okafor and get a pick. Let the sf list sink in.

Ariza
AFA
Babbitt
Ennis
Cunningham
Hill
Miller

Im sure I'm forgetting more, but that alone should get you fired. There's a reason why we seen to fail and continue to underwhelm. It's not jrue. It's not ad.

Its the fact we're playing dleague guys at sf. Look at every playoff team (aside from San Antonio right now because that's just them). They all have legitimate starters.
This post was edited on 2/9 at 5:30 pm


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