Don't let the money burn a hole in your pocket
Thanks to the good graces of the pros I work with, that assignment gig worked out all right.
Anyway, how about that transaction, eh? Couple of first-rounders and some money in the bank.
I was going to go through the comments and e-mails decrying the lack of assets obtained for Bosh but figured I’d have another coffee instead.
Now, the picks are okay I guess – get their own back, when Heat finish their 82-0 season their first-rounder won’t be so good – but the trade exception is huge.
And puts a lot of pressure on Bryan.
What it does is allow him to obtain a player or players without giving anyone up in return, if he wants.
It’s like having a salary cap credit of $14.5 million and that’s not a bad thing to have in the pocket.
I presume he’ll go looking for a team with tax issues that might want to dump a good player with a big deal and see what he can work out.
He could also be the king-making in a multi-team deal since he can help one capped out team get the guy it wants – and pick up an asset or two in the process – by being the middle man in some deal.
But here’s the big question:
Do you do it now or wait until the season unfolds and see what’s going on around the league? Do you try to make a little move now and save some of exception for later on?
Do you make a big splash this summer?
I wait a little bit.
Maybe, just maybe, if I can find a free agent out there now who might be amenable to coming in some kind of sign-and-trade transaction I would make a tiny summer deal but I’d hang on to the biggest chunk of it – and I’m talking $9 million at least, probably $10 million – until the season unfolds and things start to really shake out.
And not only shake out with the Raptors but shake out around the league; teams may be quite willing to sacrifice salary once they realizing the year’s going down the toilet and there may be relative bargains to be had.
There is no sense charging willy-nilly around the league now just to spend the currency like a drunken sailor. I think it’s more prudent to sit back a bit and see how other things unfold.
Trust me, there are other chats going on between Bryan and his GM confreres right now that could result in even more additions and subtractions to the roster as it exists right now.
I say wait and see what comes of those talks before wandering around trying to spend the entire exception in one fell swoop.
It’s not the sexy thing to do. It’s the most prudent, though.
How ‘bout them kids, eh?
Beating China to get into the semis at the world under-17s is a huge accomplishment; if they come back from Germany with a medal it’ll be something they can truly crow about.
It’ll be an upset of biblical proportions should they manage to knock off the Americans today but bronze would certainly be a significant result if they go lose-win over the weekend.
I’m not sure how this all plays out in the long run for the senior team – there’s an awful lot of growing and developing to do before suggesting many of these teens will wear Canada jerseys at the highest level – but the thing that Wayne Parrish and Maurizio Gherardini and Roy Rana and Leo Rautins and Greg Francis are doing is making the program relevant to kids who play the game.
That’s the big win here.
Big, big, big news.
I mean big.
Mighty Yankees win!
Yep, got the first W of the season Friday night, hit the crap out of the ball, fielded it like a group of 12-, 13-, and 14-year-old Johnny Macs and pitched like a gaggle of tiny Sandy Koufaxes.
No stopping us now.
(Well, maybe there is, but we like to think big in Yankeeland).
I am quite disappointed in some of you.
I make a tiny gaffe and none of you catches it? Not one e-mail chastising me for being a boneheaded doofus (hey, I should run for office); only one gentle reminder from an old friend?
I’ll get it fixed up when I get in the office and find out who does the fixing up around there but the Miracle on Hardwood that I referenced in the under-17 story was actually in 1983, not 1984.
I’m going to get into this a bit more at the start of the week when we go through all the free agent signings and see who’s actually done what but consider this:
After seeing the money being thrown around -- $19 million to JJ Redick, $34 million to Amir Johnson, $40 million to Tyrus Thomas, $75 million or so Carlos Boozer, $35 million to Travis Outlaw – the guy I want to be is the dude from the union who starts the CBA negotiations for real. He’s going to sit across from David Stern and say,
“You say you’re losing how much? Yeah. Right.”
Yes, I know I’ve picked against them a couple of games and have been chided oh, so gently by a friend who’s tried to show me the error of my ways but today I’m thinking Forlan does something magical and they get a win.
I’m pretty much against these kinds of third place games in tournaments like this – it’s a total letdown for the players and their fans – but if they’re going to play it, may as well pick a winner, right?
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All right, off to steer the ship one more day and since there won’t be another soul in the joint until 4 or so, I’m trying to decide between nap and party.