"That could be a huge factor," Aaron Goodwin, who last year tried to broker a trade to get Abdur-Rahim from Portland to the Nets, said yesterday. "I would say the Nets' chances [of signing him] are good. He likes the Nets. A year ago we tried like heck to get something done."
It surprised me since the SAR doesn't have much leverage over the Nets. He knows we will give him the 5 mil, but can't give him any more... and they can't really use the Nets to bump up anyone else's price, since upping the offer above 5 mil still may not be that much. It means he really is considering the Nets.
Knowing that unrestricted free agent Shareef Abdur-Rahim will generate fierce competition at the bargain price of roughly $5 million for next season, New Jersey took a proactive step at the first permissible moment. Nets coach Lawrence Frank, according to league sources, took a flight Thursday so he'd be able to see Abdur-Rahim right after midnight ... and not just to reminisce about their days together in Vancouver.
NOTES: Trade Exceptions are just that, exceptions that team acquired during a trade from teams that have cap space. What this exception does is allow a team to trade for a player(or players) so long as his salary does not go over the amount of their Trade Exception. For example, the Nets can trade for Player A, who makes $4.9M, without having to give salary back to the other team (using their $4.9M Trade Exception). They can also use it on multiple players, say Player B and Player C, each player making $2.45M. The Trade Exceptions CANNOT be combined with other exceptions or players however. Which means that the Nets CANNOT trade for Player D ($5.5M) by combining their $4.9M TE and $.7M TE, or by trading their $4.9M TE and Player E ($.7M salary) to acquire Player D.
This does not prevent the Nets from using the exceptions along with players on trades, i.e. Nets can trade Player E and their $4.9M TE for Player B and Player A (since each transaction meets the CBA requirement individually).
The trade exception is not a commodity. The team the Nets are trading with does not receive the amount of the exception, rather, they get salary cap relief. For simplicity's sake, I used the word traded, when actually, the more technical description is use.
Last edited by BrooklynBound; 07-01-2005 at 09:30 AM.
Knowing that unrestricted free agent Shareef Abdur-Rahim will generate fierce competition at the bargain price of roughly $5 million for next season, New Jersey took a proactive step at the first permissible moment.
Nets coach Lawrence Frank, according to league sources, took a flight Thursday so he'd be able to see Abdur-Rahim right after midnight ... and not just to reminisce about their days together in Vancouver.
Now that's what I call an "A-B-C" man
Last edited by Green Jets & Ham; 07-01-2005 at 03:41 PM.
Free agency begins today in the NBA with an abundance of good wing players and a few decent big men, but no one who stacks up with Kobe Bryant or Steve Nash, the top free agents in 2004.
A few ground rules: Teams and players can reach verbal agreements immediately, but the official signing date has been moved back from July 14 to July 22 to accommodate the completion of the new collective bargaining agreement. As in the past, teams have the "home court edge," meaning they can offer their own players more money than the players can get elsewhere
I dont see how you consider a guy like him a cancer. The only time I even recall a problem with him was in Portland. He didnt want to be there and they didnt want him either. And he definitely isnt a soft player.