Re: McGee May Be Available Now... Go Get Him Danny!
posted at 3/9/2012 11:46 PM EST
From Stein's Weekend Dime
/>>> ... teams out there dread absorbing long-term contracts
these days, even more so than they used to, knowing that the league's new and far stricter luxury-tax scale will be implemented leading into the 2013-14 season. The growing consensus seems to be that it's better to start over from scratch after a doomsday departure in the NBA's brave new world as opposed to trying to make the best salvage trade
you can find.
Something else teams treasure in the post-lockout NBA: first-round draft picks.
Teams love them more than ever thanks, again, to the new collective bargaining agreement and the new luxury-tax scale on the way. That's especially true in 2012 with a pool of draftees in June that draftniks will tell you is d-e-e-p.
It's that sort of thinking, sources said, that has prevented Indiana from doing a deal so far this month and isn't likely to change between now and next Thursday.
The Pacers are the only team in the league with the available salary-cap space to absorb Chris Kaman's contract without sending a player back to New Orleans. They also could benefit hugely from the arrival of a sage like Nash and were an offseason contender to sign Portland's Jamal Crawford, who is already available again via trade. In all those cases, though, sources say Indy is reluctant in the extreme to surrender future first-round picks.
It might be different if the Pacers thought they had a good chance of re-signing Nash. But the payoff
in the cases of Kaman and Crawford apparently isn't robust enough to get the Pacers (and other teams, for that matter) to part with a pick that has the potential to quickly transform into a quality contributor playing on a favorable rookie contract.
So Ainge must be feeling the squeeze ... can't get decent players/picks for assets he wants to move and can't acquire anyone without giving up a pick.