Sitting out the initial free agency frenzy
It’s kind of fun sitting out free agency in some ways, isn’t it?
Don’t have to sit around every minute of every day either waiting for the phone to ring or the little text “ping” on your phone to go or to read something on the tweeter that someone else because of a function of timing.
It’s you sit back and think:
“I honestly couldn’t care less about Dwight Howard and where he goes; I was bored by him 18 months ago and I’m equally bored today.”
Or you can think:
“Good for Chris Paul, it makes entire sense for him to go back to the Clippers.”
Or this pops up into your head:
“Any world in which Tyreke Evans can command $11 million a year is a world spiraling completely out of control.”
But just because that’s where things are today – and it’s been enjoyable so far – doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done around these parts and it’s going to be quite interesting to see what Masai can pull out of his hat in the next week and a half.
He needs help, there is no question about that. When the Bargnani trade goes through he’s got an ugly unbalanced roster and you have to think he’s got something mind already to clear up the glut of wings and address needs.
However, with the zaniness of the money so far, I’m wondering if it might not be prudent to let the top names, and even some in the second tier, shake out before pouncing on the leftovers.
I’d be intrigued to see what Jason Maxiell gets, I’d be interested in what it would take to pry Eric Gordon away from the Pelicans (and I really like typing Pelicans, by the way) and I’d be intrigued to find out what the cost of exploring an Eric Bledsoe trade would be.
According to people I’ve talked to, it’s looking like they will indeed exercise the option to keep Kyle Lowry so that’s $5 million they won’t have in their pockets and some people who have an idea of how Masai thinks believes he might not use an amnesty provision to keep some expiring contracts around until the trade deadline.
So there isn’t going to be an awful lot of money – the mid-level exception of about $5.5 million can be broken up but that’s not going to get an A List free agent or anything close – so it might indeed be a dead quiet period.
Not sure that’s prudent but it would appear the only way they can go right now unless there are significant trades in the offing and when you look up and down the roster, there’s not a lot that’s going to have rival GMs drooling.
People far smarter than I passed this one and if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last few months, it’s that I need to broaden horizons.
It’s fun. And this is good.
I’ll say this:
As third jerseys go – actually, I think it’s about their fourth or fifth in the mix-and-match world of baseball uniforms – I’m all in favour of the red tops the Blue Jays trot out each year for Canada Day.
Very cool, very special and they have a great handle on celebrating that great.
Now, I’m sure the pucks or the hoops could come up with something as big given the chance they don’t get because of the calendar but the Jays do it and do it right.
May have a few hours of decompression time late tomorrow afternoon out there, have some Argo stuff that’ll likely take me until close to dinner but if there’s a place with good stools, solid staff, a TV or two that’s a short walk from the Renaissance, I’m all ears.
And, no, I did the bike ride around Stanley Park years and years ago, not at all interested in doing it again.
You know you’re getting old and the kid’s doing okay when Super Son can rise near the crack of dawn to take the car and drive himself to withdraw from a summer school class because he rallied late and didn’t blow the math mark.
But do you remember when going to summer school was like wearing a scarlet academic letter (‘F’ comes quickly to mind)?
Now it’s like a surefire way to enhance a mark in rapid fashion and it’s part of the process rather than a penalty or a sign of weakness.
A couple of hours a day for a couple of weeks and 55 becomes 67 or something like that and if it’s hot enough out, a couple of those short days will be even shorter because schools aren’t air-conditioned and teachers let the urchins off the hook.
Man, times have changed, no?
Back when we were walking uphill both ways to school with sun always in our eyes and the wind against us in our bare feet carrying a 100-pound stone, we never got days off because it was too hot? And people went to summer school because we weren’t bright and for a month or so.
Not so much.
Okay, I have to go chase some kids off the lawn, be right back.
In stories that we should have been more on top of, things are not progressing as well as they would have hoped for the junior men’s team at the world championships over in Prague these days.
The young fellas won just one their first four games are moments (I’m tying this sometime around 7 a.m.) from a virtual must-win second-round game with Iran if they are to have any hope of getting to the quarter-finals and copping at least a top-8 finish over there.
Top eight would be okay but there were legitimate top four hopes for this group, even if Andrew Wiggins took the summer off, and despite some roster limitations – I’m not sure they have a lot of offence that’s suited to the perimeter, drive-and-kick global game – that was attainable.
Now? Likely not because even if they get to the quarter-finals, I’d see a game against the United States right off the bat and you’d hope the experience is showing everyone just where improvement is necessary.