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The folly in creating cap space

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07:13 AM ET 01.30 | Remember the free agent class of 2010, the one some teams tried to open the room for which to land the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Joe Johnson, Travis Outlaw and Yao Ming? Things didn't go as planned, however. ... LeBron hoarded the two best backup options -- Wade and Bosh -- in Miami. A number of big names (like Dirk and J.J.) stayed home. The bare rosters jostled over the few remaining stars in play. Some teams, like Chicago and New York, landed one (Boozer and Amar'e, respectively). Others, like New Jersey, came up with Outlaw, Johan Petro and Jordan Farmar. (What a press conference that must have been.) In the end, only one team that chased free agents hard that summer went to the top of the league.

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January 30, 2014  08:17 AM ET

I love the NBA but as I have been saying for years there are TOO many teams in the league! Supply cannot meet demand, and that is why you have about 6-7 teams with a realistic chance of winning an NBA title each year, and then you have the other 20+ teams going through the motions for 82 games.

The problem is there are only a handful of free agents or college players in the draft that can make a difference with those 20+ teams. If the NBA paired down to 20 teams (which I know is a pipedream and will never happen), then you would only have 10+ teams going after these big time free agents/draft picks instead of 20+ teams every year.

The NBA has no answer to tanking as its the only pro sports league where teams are tanking BEFORE the season starts! I know cause I am a Sixers fan, and that is all we talked about from day one is keeping our fingers crossed that we lose enough games and get lucky in the lottery.

But the NBA will continue to have 30 teams in the league, and then you have 14 teams in the lottery hoping to get those 2-3 players that can make an impact. And then the tanking for the 2015 draft will begin come next November!

January 30, 2014  08:38 AM ET

Where's the story about Durant beating Lebron's Heat? We'll just put it aside because it's just a regular season game. Durant is the MVP right now. We'll see if it holds up til the last game.

January 30, 2014  08:39 AM ET

Not really a folly. Obviously things don't always go as planned for everyone, but you gotta be in it to win it.

January 30, 2014  09:23 AM ET

There Are No Guarantees, Bros.

January 30, 2014  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Not really a folly. Obviously things don't always go as planned for everyone, but you gotta be in it to win it.

Very true.

Teams may not always win championships as a result of chasing free agents, but they can definitely find themselves in the discussion as 'contenders' as a result of free agency.

Jus' sayin'.......

January 30, 2014  09:43 AM ET

Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't. I appreciate teams that at least try to improve.

January 30, 2014  09:49 AM ET

Wade, Bosh and Lebron will finish their careers together. Only that they will be too old to win. I wish them well though. All other teams... forget about it!

January 30, 2014  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Where's the story about Durant beating Lebron's Heat? We'll just put it aside because it's just a regular season game. Durant is the MVP right now. We'll see if it holds up til the last game.

yup, Durant could not be stopped!

January 30, 2014  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Wade, Bosh and Lebron will finish their careers together. Only that they will be too old to win. I wish them well though. All other teams... forget about it!

knicks however still suck!

January 30, 2014  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I love the NBA but as I have been saying for years there are TOO many teams in the league! Supply cannot meet demand, and that is why you have about 6-7 teams with a realistic chance of winning an NBA title each year, and then you have the other 20+ teams going through the motions for 82 games. The problem is there are only a handful of free agents or college players in the draft that can make a difference with those 20+ teams. If the NBA paired down to 20 teams (which I know is a pipedream and will never happen), then you would only have 10+ teams going after these big time free agents/draft picks instead of 20+ teams every year.The NBA has no answer to tanking as its the only pro sports league where teams are tanking BEFORE the season starts! I know cause I am a Sixers fan, and that is all we talked about from day one is keeping our fingers crossed that we lose enough games and get lucky in the lottery.But the NBA will continue to have 30 teams in the league, and then you have 14 teams in the lottery hoping to get those 2-3 players that can make an impact. And then the tanking for the 2015 draft will begin come next November!

You're delusional... there aren't too many teams in the league. With the way the recent collective bargaining agreement played out you are going to see alot more competition overall in the league with more balanced teams soon. The days of super teams will soon be gone.

January 30, 2014  10:49 AM ET
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You're delusional... there aren't too many teams in the league. With the way the recent collective bargaining agreement played out you are going to see alot more competition overall in the league with more balanced teams soon. The days of super teams will soon be gone.

I don't think he is delusional there are too many teams. There are probably 4 teams too many but teams are making money so whatever. There is no plan to get smaller in fact Stern wants the NBA to grow to Europe. The talent level doesn't justify the number of teams. I do agree with you about super teams though, however there is really only one "super" team and that was Miami. I think there will be two "max" level players per teams with an asterisk for the Nets. That owner has money to burn

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January 30, 2014  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I don't think he is delusional there are too many teams. There are probably 4 teams too many but teams are making money so whatever. There is no plan to get smaller in fact Stern wants the NBA to grow to Europe. The talent level doesn't justify the number of teams. I do agree with you about super teams though, however there is really only one "super" team and that was Miami. I think there will be two "max" level players per teams with an asterisk for the Nets. That owner has money to burn

I just think some teams like Milwaukee are in bad markets. The level of talent is rising fast all around the league and I sense a parity that's in the NFL to engulf the NBA in the coming years soon enough where every season there will be a team or two that surprises and makes a serious title run. The NBA is on the verge of getting alot better sooner rather then later.

January 30, 2014  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

There Are No Guarantees, Bros.

Yes There Are, Bro.






I Guarantee At Least One Of These Posts a Day, Bro.

January 30, 2014  12:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I don't think he is delusional there are too many teams. There are probably 4 teams too many but teams are making money so whatever. There is no plan to get smaller in fact Stern wants the NBA to grow to Europe. The talent level doesn't justify the number of teams. I do agree with you about super teams though, however there is really only one "super" team and that was Miami. I think there will be two "max" level players per teams with an asterisk for the Nets. That owner has money to burn

there aren't enough good players to have ONE max guy per team,
let alone 2

January 30, 2014  12:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I just think some teams like Milwaukee are in bad markets. The level of talent is rising fast all around the league and I sense a parity that's in the NFL to engulf the NBA in the coming years soon enough where every season there will be a team or two that surprises and makes a serious title run. The NBA is on the verge of getting alot better sooner rather then later.

no reason for non-desirable markets to have cap space-
as no big time players will go
they need to draft well and pick and choose their trades well
and hope they hit a home run like timmy/KD

January 30, 2014  01:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

knicks however still suck!

Knicks will suck so long as Dolan runs the show. That's a fact. Alas we are fans...

January 30, 2014  01:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

there aren't enough good players to have ONE max guy per team, let alone 2

True but I didn't mean every team will have a 2 max team. The teams that do have max players will not have 3 max level players 2 at most. The good teams that draft well are now farm teams to spread out the wealth. OKC is officially a farm team. Watch as Reggie Jackson will be the next player to leave their team at this rate. He is playing almost too good to be a sixth man type but not good enough to to be starting over Westbrook. They have two years to figure it out but I see him in NY or Orlando

January 30, 2014  01:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

no reason for non-desirable markets to have cap space- as no big time players will gothey need to draft well and pick and choose their trades welland hope they hit a home run like timmy/KD

The non-desirable markets that have cap space, only have it because they are tanking or have other assets. Like you say they need to hit a homerun in the draft and not mess it up the following years like Cav's have. They realize that they don't have the talent to get to the playoffs. The desirable markets are creating cap space for big free agents.

Cleveland, Boston, Sixers all have real assets in picks. Hopefully the Sixers can snag the "Melo" and "Bosh", or "Wade" out of their two selections

 
January 30, 2014  06:35 PM ET

Swauny is right. Welcome to the new world order, ie, the new CBA. Everyone points to the way it's been in the past. This new cba will be Sterns biggest legacy because all now have a chance. Since most of you don't understand this, look at the NFL. Dallas, NY teams bring in most money, only Giants used their brains and won. Lakers can't buy titles anymore now because of lucrative tv deal that allowed them to pay luxury tax. New 'Repeater' tax will bankrupt teams. Look at Prokorhov as an example. Even a multi- billionaire cannot stomach repeater tax. New World Order.

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