This isn't just about Cope, but all our FA targets...
Beggars can't be choosers and this summer we are the beggars. We have nothing to offer free agents.
1) We aren't contenders. So there won't be any Jamison-esque signing this summer.
2) We don't have money. So we can't overpay for a need.
3) We have a Kobe who's shelved with an injury, a near-done Nash, and our starting frontcourt is a big ? So no one is leaving money on the table to play with X.
4) Can't sell any of these guys how we are trying to sell Dwight -- yeah, we'll suck this year, but we have money next year to put talent around you. These type of players are here for short contracts; 1-2 years and not the long haul.
Only players who haven't been overpaid: West, JR, Kevin Martin, Tony Allen, Blatche, Watson, Maynor. Half of those guys stayed on their teams out of loyalty or comfort. We aren't in that position.
All of the shooters are getting paid. Right now, the market price for a shooter is upwards of $6m annually. This is the position we are targeting. So whichever one we can steal for the MMLE, we take and call it a win.