revgen wrote:^If Philly's objective is to have a young developing team (AKA a losing team) that could possibly pick up a high lottery pick and grab Wiggins in the draft, then they don't have any reason to pick up vets like Blake and Hill. If they wanted to avoid the minimum salary problem, they could have just kept Holiday instead of sending him to New Orleans. They will happily pay a fine to grab a lottery pick, which is partly why the whole "minimum salary" rule was originally put into place. To the Philly FO, it's the cost of doing business.
The problem with that reasoning is that 11 million is more than 7.5, especially since it was for the next 4 seasons, so the Jrue Holiday comparison isn't applicable for a totally rebuilding team. Then you consider the following:
A. In the scenario emplay put forward, we are sending them part of the salary money back, meaning they pay 4.5 million in salary instead of 7.5 million in fines (so they are spending less than they would just sticking with the fines) which may not seem like a lot, but on a team with no talent (and thus no ticket sales) 3 million can make a huge difference on the company books.
B. We would be sending them a few draft selections...which translates really well to a "developing a young team from scratch" philosophy...especially in the deep drafts that are approaching. The Lakers have made it clear they will continue to reload versus rebuild.
C. Neither player will impact the team anywhere near enough to weaken their tanking...and that's if they even play, which is completely up to the Sixers anyway. If either player threatened, in any way, their ability to totally stink...just cut them mid season, keeping the salary on the books for the rest of the year while giving the players the option to sign with contenders.
D. Philly could, in the event that neither player ruined their suckiness and required release, choose to retain free agent rights to both players if market value provided the opportunity to sign and trade next season to acquire more picks. If not, just renounce rights (and subsequent cap holds) and PRESTO! 2 extra draft picks and 3 million dollars saved.
Their incentive is very clearly superior to simply paying the fine, ESPECIALLY if they intend to restock with young draft talent. Our incentive (for losing future picks and cash in the deal) is a much smaller tax bill this year (aggregate savings much larger than the 3 or so million we would be sending to Philly), and avoiding repeater tax penalties, should we choose to go over the cap in the free agent market in the next two off-seasons. Total win-win for both sides IMHO.
The End is nigh. Time for a total Cut and Shuffle. Kobe contract was a mistake...time to avoid making more. The future is here, whether we want it to be or not. An era is over, but for the death rattle, and it's time for the cycle to begin anew. Growth and change are scary and painful, but alas...nothing worth achieving comes easily.