The salary cap & teams dumping players (or whatever other term you want to use) to make salary cap. space.
With the Suns in town I want to address this again, because I will admit that this theory has always baffled me.
Ok, let's assume the Suns have made some salary space, which they have.
Let's also assume that most of the players they recieved in the trade won't be here next season. Ward is already gone & I beleive that McDyse's contract runs out this season. I would not bet on Eisley being back either.
Now let's assume that Starburry was a cancer, I will concede that point. But IMO, he is a talent a lot of teams would take a chance on just simply because he is so good.
But the point of this post is not whether or not this was a bad trade, it's really to ask a question.
Does anybody know of anytime that dropping low in salary cap standing actually works?
Allen Bristow absolutely destroyed the Nuggets franchise with his "clearing cap space" crap 9 years ago & they are just now recovering.
Orlando gambled a few years ago with the whole T-Mac, Duncan & Hill thing. Obviously they got T-Mac via free agency, they traded for Hill & lost on Duncan. Their franchise has never been the same since either. One could argue that it is because of Hill's injury, but then again it might not have panned out either. They dumped a core group of role players to get these guys & lost (IMO)
The Bulls did the same thing & everybody sees where they are. The big free agent signing for them was Eddie Robinson.
Anyway I guess I also will ask this about the Suns, who do they think they are going to get in free agency? Bryant? My guess is he will be right back in LaLa land & if not don't be suprised to see a sign & trade with Philly for the answer if things don't work out right.
I have never seen a team dump salary's & sign the players via free agency to take them to the next level. At least I don't remember it anyway.
Does anybody remember a team doing this correctly. Side note L.A. doesn't count because there are a lot of circumstances that go on with the Lakers.
So to summerize my questions.
1. Does anybody believe that dumping players to have salary cap room works to actually improve your team?
2. Can you build a long term successfull franchise with this system?
3. If you trade a star player, no matter how much of a cancer he is, should you not demand equal trade value in return or at least close to it?
Ok, here is where I have to compliment Walsh.
Thank God Donnie has never tried to do this & it appears he does not beleive in this system either.