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New York Knicks center David Lee (AP Photo/John Raoux)
With Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade committing to Miami today, and LBJ leaning back to Cleveland (I mean, can you imagine the horror of not only leaving his home town but rubbing it in their faces via an hour-long nationally televised announcement?!?!?), there are a number of teams left holding the money bag.
Chicago spent a year clearing cap space for this summer (Hinrich, Salmons, Tyrus Thomas, etc.) and now has 30 mil in a briefcase ready to spend. NJ Nets have a new billionaire owner and 30 mil to spend. NY Knicks still have 20 mil or so to spend. Minnesota has been courting Lee, as well. Hell, if Cleveland DOES lose LeBron (likely second choice being Miami with Wade and Bosh), then throw them in the mix, too.
David Lee and Carlos Boozer are the next best free agents left.
And they are salivating. They can smell the fear and desperation in the air. They can smell the money about to be laid at their feet.
Why would Lee's agent drop out early, and take less money to sign-and-trade with the Suns tomorrow?
My first real "story"!
Right onto the front page! YESSSSS! I can't wait to abuse this power... bwahhahahahahaha!
Ahem. 'scuse me. I digress.
Back to basketball talk.
I suggested earlier that the Suns could use a potential trade exception from Amare next summer IN ADDITION to cap space we would gain from Jason Richardson's and Grant Hill's expiring contracts, giving the Suns the ability to add 2 max-type players next spring or summer with those assets.
This is untrue.
At least, after next February's trading deadline. After then, they only have JRich OR the trade exception.
If the Suns get a trade exception (or traded player exception, or TPE) from the Knicks for Amare, that exception is ONLY usable while the Suns are over the salary cap. The Suns are currently considered "over the cap" as long as they hold Amare's Bird Rights. In that case, the Suns would only be allowed to sign new players via exceptions. Frye would be signed using the MLE. Warrick must come in under the trade exception (a portion of it).
Hence the confusion, in the first part. Suns would have to talk the Bulls into executing a sign-and-trade with Hakim Warrick to the Suns, probably giving them a future second-round pick for their trouble. He would take up 4 mil of that trade exception, leaving 13 mil for the Suns to use any way they want.
This requires a lot of palm-greasing to convince the Knicks to do this, as well as the Bulls. Trades MUST include something for each team. So the Knicks would have to give the Suns something, and the Suns would have to give the Bulls something. That something can be a future second-round pick. Hey, it's better than nothing right?