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  • #31
    Originally posted by sav View Post

    I think we could but the trade would not be official until July 1 and the only chance we would have to sign both Bojan and Thad would be if we used Bojan's cap hold (which means he would sign for $18.3 million or less) and Thad was willing to sign for the MLE of $9.2 million.

    I think Bojan will get offered more than $18.3 million. Thad would probably sign a long term contract starting at $9.2 million but I'm not sure I want him back. He's Nate's security blanket so as long as Thad is on the team, we won't see Turner and Sabonis playing together much. We'll get to next summer and still won't know if they can play effectively together.

    But more importantly, what are we giving up to get an undersized, injury prone, highly paid, aging point guard who has never made an all-star team?
    You can't go under the cap (to be able to make a trade without matching salaries) and also use the MLE which is only for teams who stay over the cap.

    It's possible they would still have some amount of cap space after trading for Conley, but it would depend on how much salary they gave up in the trade.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post

      20 teams? lets look at that list to see if you are correct


      The no way in hell we want to be like the Pacers teams: Golden State, Boston, Philly, OKC, Houston, Portland, Raptors, Bucks, Nuggets, Spurs, Clippers, Lakers.


      The there is no way we switch places with Pacers as we have a nicer future core teams: Hawks, Kings, Phoenix, Utah, Wolves, Nets, Mavs.


      So here are the teams that are OK with been mediocre like the Pacers: Bulls, Memphis, Cavs, Detroit, Hornets, Heat, Knicks, Magic, Pelicans that's it


      And out of those teams that are OK with been mediocre for now we are looking at a NY that might get Durant/Kyrie and Miami is always looking to get an star or two.
      Lakers? Really they have not made the playoffs in 5 seasons.

      Really I'm done and not going to take my valuable time if you are still suggesting the Pacers are mediocre

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Unclebuck View Post

        Lakers? Really they have not made the playoffs in 5 seasons.

        Really I'm done and not going to take my valuable time if you are still suggesting the Pacers are mediocre
        I mean they still have Lebron and there is no way in hell they want to be like Pacers


        Winning 48 games and getting swept seems very mediocre to me.
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        • #34
          We are talking about a team that has 3 decent assets (Dipo/Turner/Sabo) and one of those "assets" might be out for a year or two, this fantasy land some are trying to build a home in doesn't exists, 48 wins and still got swept, there is nothing to celebrate here
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          • #35
            Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post

            I mean they still have Lebron and there is no way in hell they want to be like Pacers


            Winning 48 games and getting swept seems very mediocre to me.
            The Lakers? You mean the laughingstock of the entire NBA? Lol

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Handoverfist View Post
              The Lakers? You mean the laughingstock of the entire NBA? Lol
              Well, they ARE going to get the #1 pick this year.
              BillS

              A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
              Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Handoverfist View Post
                The Lakers? You mean the laughingstock of the entire NBA? Lol
                Yep anybody and their mom would rather have Lebron and their young players over whatever the Pacers have.
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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Cubs231721 View Post

                  You can't go under the cap (to be able to make a trade without matching salaries) and also use the MLE which is only for teams who stay over the cap.

                  It's possible they would still have some amount of cap space after trading for Conley, but it would depend on how much salary they gave up in the trade.
                  I confess, these exceptions confuse me, however, I think we can make a draft night trade for Conley

                  To make it simple, I will use an example with only 2 players involved. We agree to select player "X" with our 18th pick for Memphis. We keep Bogey's cap hold. On July 1 we have 8 players plus Bogey's cap hold for a total of $73.8 in salaries. On July 1 we trade player "X" to Memphis for Conley. We add his $32.5 million salary to our $73.8 and we have 10 guys(including Bogey's cap hold) under salary for $106.3 million. We then have $2.7 million to bring in 2 more guys. Once we reach the $109 million cap, we can go back and sign Bogey for up to $18.3 million which will put us over the cap.

                  Then we can start using exceptions but I'm not sure which ones.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by graphic-er View Post
                    Could the Pacers swing a trade at the draft, where they essentially get back an allstar level player and taking back a tone of salary that would essentially use up all the cap space they have before free agency and let them go over the cap to resign their current players like Thad and Bojan and CoJo?

                    Let say they were able to get Conley in a draft trade.... what does that look like?

                    This situation the team is in right now makes me all the more livid that KP didn't dump some of these 1 year players at the trade deadline for some 2nd round picks.
                    And those draft picks would do what for the Pacers?


                    Remember when we could have gotten 1-2 solid players and a possible Top 3 draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by trading away Paul George?

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by sav View Post

                      I confess, these exceptions confuse me, however, I think we can make a draft night trade for Conley

                      To make it simple, I will use an example with only 2 players involved. We agree to select player "X" with our 18th pick for Memphis. We keep Bogey's cap hold. On July 1 we have 8 players plus Bogey's cap hold for a total of $73.8 in salaries. On July 1 we trade player "X" to Memphis for Conley. We add his $32.5 million salary to our $73.8 and we have 10 guys(including Bogey's cap hold) under salary for $106.3 million. We then have $2.7 million to bring in 2 more guys. Once we reach the $109 million cap, we can go back and sign Bogey for up to $18.3 million which will put us over the cap.

                      Then we can start using exceptions but I'm not sure which ones.
                      I swear...if we trade for Conley, I'm going to be livid. I absolutely do not want a small PG. If we're to get keep a small PG, we might as well Collison. I'm sorry, but Collison is a solid PG for a Nate's system.

                      This team has to think bigger than trying to get Walker or Conley.


                      Remember when we could have gotten 1-2 solid players and a possible Top 3 draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by trading away Paul George?

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
                        We are talking about a team that has 3 decent assets (Dipo/Turner/Sabo) and one of those "assets" might be out for a year or two, this fantasy land some are trying to build a home in doesn't exists, 48 wins and still got swept, there is nothing to celebrate here
                        I like you Vin, but you have got to be the most negative "fan" its always the same *** with you (which is your prerogative)

                        "The team sucks" "They dont want to even try and get better" "never go after free agents" "Turner is no better than high school payers" blah blah

                        Are you a fan only to throw darts at every opportunity?
                        Sittin on top of the world!

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by sav View Post

                          I confess, these exceptions confuse me, however, I think we can make a draft night trade for Conley

                          To make it simple, I will use an example with only 2 players involved. We agree to select player "X" with our 18th pick for Memphis. We keep Bogey's cap hold. On July 1 we have 8 players plus Bogey's cap hold for a total of $73.8 in salaries. On July 1 we trade player "X" to Memphis for Conley. We add his $32.5 million salary to our $73.8 and we have 10 guys(including Bogey's cap hold) under salary for $106.3 million. We then have $2.7 million to bring in 2 more guys. Once we reach the $109 million cap, we can go back and sign Bogey for up to $18.3 million which will put us over the cap.

                          Then we can start using exceptions but I'm not sure which ones.
                          I think you are right on that a Conley trade can be executed, but there's one more wrinkle to throw in. Since the Pacers would have less than 12 players on their roster, extra cap holds called roster charges (that are for the rookie minimum) go in for the empty spots. So the Pacers would have 2 roster charges even after the Conley trade which would eat away about 1.7 million of that space.

                          The only exception available for teams who decide to use cap space is the room exception (the one we signed O'Quinn with last year). That would likely be around 4.76 million in the first, and could be offered up to a 2 year contract.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by 90'sNBARocked View Post

                            I like you Vin, but you have got to be the most negative "fan" its always the same *** with you (which is your prerogative)

                            "The team sucks" "They dont want to even try and get better" "never go after free agents" "Turner is no better than high school payers" blah blah

                            Are you a fan only to throw darts at every opportunity?
                            Don't get mad at me get mad at the incompetent team we decided to root for


                            Funny thing in all this is that I have been right about them for a while now, I called the Tyreke/Mcbuckets/Quinn signings and I was told about how "negative" I was at the time, same s*** with washed Mathews.

                            I was also told how negative I was for not believing that this front office was going to do anything with the cap space and Pritchard is pretty much making my point already making excuses about how they can't afford anything and that "40 mil doesn't get you anything", don't hate me for telling it like it is my guy hate the incompetents


                            Edit: and yes Turner was the worse starting center in the league this playoffs I'm sorry for telling the true
                            Last edited by vnzla81; 05-02-2019, 02:23 PM.
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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post

                              Yep anybody and their mom would rather have Lebron and their young players over whatever the Pacers have.
                              I don't think that's necessarily true if they were in an equivalent market. The Lakers market advantages are a pretty big tiebreaker though and give them the edge.

                              On your list, I would quibble with OKC (slightly better than the Pacers right now, but roster is stuck in mud and is likely to get worse not better), San Antonio (I believe their young talent is mostly because of Pop), Wolves (the Wiggins contract is killer for them). I'd consider Utah fairly equivalent, and I have no idea how to judge the Hawks/Suns/Mavs compared to the Pacers, that probably depends on philosophy.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Cubs231721 View Post

                                I don't think that's necessarily true if they were in an equivalent market. The Lakers market advantages are a pretty big tiebreaker though and give them the edge.

                                On your list, I would quibble with OKC (slightly better than the Pacers right now, but roster is stuck in mud and is likely to get worse not better), San Antonio (I believe their young talent is mostly because of Pop), Wolves (the Wiggins contract is killer for them). I'd consider Utah fairly equivalent, and I have no idea how to judge the Hawks/Suns/Mavs compared to the Pacers, that probably depends on philosophy.

                                Lakers are the Lakers and they have Lebron, other than some fans in Pacers digest nobody is ever going to put Pacers in front of Lakers.

                                On OKC sure they have a huge bill to pay but they still have Westbrook/PG, San Antonio is SA and they still have DeRosan/Aldridge plus a bunch of young guys, Wolves still have Town, Utah has Mitchell, Hawks got Young/Collins/Huerter, Suns got Ayton/Booker, Mavs got Halleluka/Unicorn.


                                None of those teams are saying "oh man we are dying to be like the Pacers" none.
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