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  • Originally posted by BillS View Post

    The point is that using Harris - who was only listening to teams with max offers and didn't get any direct max offers from other teams - is not a good refutation of the idea that players don't want to come to Indy for reasons other than a cheap owner. It is a much better support for the idea that no one would come to Indiana UNLESS OFFERED THE MAX, which is clearly NOT the case for certain other franchises - and even then it is a single data point and not a very good example.

    We don't have an example (except for absence of results, which for some around her is rock-hard proof but logically doesn't hold up) of anyone who went to another team who we would agree is worth the max getting lowballed by the Pacers before refusing to take a meeting.
    What are you arguing here? Harris was a max player. Every human being on planet earth that even passively follows basketball knew he was getting a max contract from wherever he went. Yes. Indiana is not a cool enough location to get max guys to sign here for less, but that was never the argument. Breaking news, max guys want max contracts.

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    • What hell is everyone arguing about???? I feel like there's like 3-5 different viewpoints running together here.


      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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      • Originally posted by ksuttonjr76 View Post
        What hell is everyone arguing about???? I feel like there's like 3-5 different viewpoints running together here.
        Lulz. No you!

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        • Originally posted by ksuttonjr76 View Post

          Here's the problem....

          By definition of the CBA, he's a max player in the same way that Kemba Walker was and Klay Thompson wasn't. Being a max player, he's entitled to a certain percentage of the salary cap. Having said that..is Tobias Harris worth the value of the contract that he can be offered?
          I really don't care to argue if Harris is a max player or not we are not Sixers fans after all


          The argument here has always been if a top tier agent was ever willing to meet with Pacers and according to reports he was open to it but Pacers turned him down because he was a max player.

          Pritchard argument (and Pacers PR people) has always been that top tier free agents don't even answer the Pacers calls and this report is proof that all that is not true.
          Last edited by vnzla81; 07-18-2019, 02:37 PM.
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          • Originally posted by ksuttonjr76 View Post
            Cleveland had LeBron and Irving. I don't recall many players signing the vet minimum to play there.
            They had several players sign for the vet minimum. Dwayne Wade, Deron Williams, Richard Jefferson, Jeff Green, Mo Williams (he returned to CLE in 2015 as a FA), Dhantay Jones, Chris Anderson, Andrew Bogut, Jose Calderon, Kendrick Perkins, Larry Sanders, and Derrick Rose all signed for the vet minimum during the 4 seasons Lebron was in Cleveland. A few of those players, like Rose, Calderon, and DWade, were after Kyrie was traded but the point is that they were able to get a lot of veterans to sign for the minimum.

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            • Originally posted by Wage View Post

              Lulz. No you!
              My point is simple...

              Indiana wasn't willing to meet his asking price, so him willing to have a meeting with Indiana was a moot point.

              I felt that article was focusing on the TRUE game changing players of the NBA (KD, AD, Irving, KL, etc) not willing to field calls from Indiana. Unless you think differently, Tobias Harris is not one those players who have that level of choice. He's just following the money. He'll go to whatever team is willing to pay him the max.


              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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              • Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post

                I really don't care to argue if Harris is a max player or not we are not Sixers fans after all


                The argument here has always been if a top tier agent was ever willing to meet with Pacers and according to reports he was open to it but Pacers turned him down because he was a max player.

                Pritchard argument (and Pacers PR people) has always been that top tier free agents don't even answer the Pacers calls and this report is proof that all that is not true.
                Correction, he was willing to meet with ANY team wanting to pay him the max. Again....I don't consider Tobias Harris to be a "top tier" free agent. "Top tier" and "max" are not interchangeable terms in my book. I think Klay Thompson was a top tier free agent, but he wasn't a max player.


                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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                • I mean, I didn't particularly want Tobias Harris, so maybe that's what they were thinking too, especially if he was rumored to want max money. Teams don't go after every player on the market. They may have turned down a meeting on the grounds they just didn't want him.
                  There are two types of quarterbacks in the league: Those whom over time, the league figures out ... and those who figure out the league.

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                  • Why isn't anyone pointing out the obvious here that we let our best player from the last half of the season walk, because again, we were trying to avoid spending. So instead of adding a guy like TJ Warren or Jeremy Lamb to bolster the bench and increasing our depth, we are hoping they can replace him, all to save money. This is the kind of thing players notice, and I think it absolutely has an effect on our image league wide.

                    If I had one complaint on the offseason, it would be that. Tobias Harris isn't worth a max deal, but Bogie is more than likely worth what he got. At least based off his play last year.
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                    • Originally posted by ksuttonjr76 View Post

                      Correction, he was willing to meet with ANY team wanting to pay him the max. Again....I don't consider Tobias Harris to be a "top tier" free agent. "Top tier" and "max" are not interchangeable terms in my book. I think Klay Thompson was a top tier free agent, but he wasn't a max player.
                      Because his own team already had a max offer for him?

                      As Wage said before "max players want max contracts" I don't think is that complicated and yes Harris was a top 10 free agent overall (note I'm not arguing about rankings here).
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                      • Originally posted by ksuttonjr76 View Post

                        My point is simple...

                        Indiana wasn't willing to meet his asking price, so him willing to have a meeting with Indiana was a moot point.

                        I felt that article was focusing on the TRUE game changing players of the NBA (KD, AD, Irving, KL, etc) not willing to field calls from Indiana. Unless you think differently, Tobias Harris is not one those players who have that level of choice. He's just following the money. He'll go to whatever team is willing to pay him the max.
                        That may be your point, but I don't think it is the overall point and certainly not the point I am making. I don't want to speak for Vnzla but I think his point is the same as mine...

                        1. We were told that the Pacers will never get a top tier free agent (these guys get the max), by local press, fans and even front office, because the team is in Indiana. In fact, we can't even get a phone call with these guys they are so disinterested in the team. Tobias Harris was even mentioned by name as a guy who wouldn't even consider us. A few of us argued this was deflecting and excuse making.

                        2. It was later reported Tobias Harris (who was a top 5-8 free agent this summer on most every list you can find) did in fact have at least some interest in playing for the Pacers. Anyone arguing point #1 was correct should at this point have conceded, as their argument down to the specific player even was refuted. People hate being wrong on the internet however so we moved to point 3 below...

                        3. Tobias Harris is a poopy head who makes too much money so I was still right!

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                        • Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post

                          Because his own team already had a max offer for him?

                          As Wage said before "max players want max contracts" I don't think is that complicated and yes Harris was a top 10 free agent overall (note I'm not arguing about rankings here).
                          Then we'll have to agree to disagree about his value relative to the contract. I don't think Tobias Harris, as a player, would have not been a smart move for Indiana...it was the same argument that I had Kemba Walker and Mike Conley, and Indiana needed a point guard.


                          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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                          • Originally posted by ksuttonjr76 View Post

                            Then we'll have to agree to disagree about his value relative to the contract. I don't think Tobias Harris, as a player, would have not been a smart move for Indiana...it was the same argument that I had Kemba Walker and Mike Conley, and Indiana needed a point guard.
                            My man you gotta stop. Everyone in this thread agrees we are glad we didn't sign Harris to a max deal. That has absolutely nothing to do with anything though.

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                            • Originally posted by Wage View Post

                              That may be your point, but I don't think it is the overall point and certainly not the point I am making. I don't want to speak for Vnzla but I think his point is the same as mine...

                              1. We were told that the Pacers will never get a top tier free agent (these guys get the max), by local press, fans and even front office, because the team is in Indiana. In fact, we can't even get a phone call with these guys they are so disinterested in the team. Tobias Harris was even mentioned by name as a guy who wouldn't even consider us. A few of us argued this was deflecting and excuse making.

                              2. It was later reported Tobias Harris (who was a top 5-8 free agent this summer on most every list you can find) did in fact have at least some interest in playing for the Pacers. Anyone arguing point #1 was correct should at this point have conceded, as their argument down to the specific player even was refuted. People hate being wrong on the internet however so we moved to point 3 below...

                              3. Tobias Harris is a poopy head who makes too much money so I was still right!
                              My belief is that no free agent will select Indiana if the money is the same, and a free agent has multiple teams to choose from. I must have missed that report. Last I heard, he wanted to play for an uptempo team that fit his style of play. If he really wanted to play for Indiana, then Indiana could have negotiated the contract with him. If he was dead set on the max money, then he really didn't want to play for Indiana. To me, his whole bargaining tactic was "Pay me, and I'll play for you.".


                              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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                              • Originally posted by Taterhead View Post
                                Why isn't anyone pointing out the obvious here that we let our best player from the last half of the season walk, because again, we were trying to avoid spending. So instead of adding a guy like TJ Warren or Jeremy Lamb to bolster the bench and increasing our depth, we are hoping they can replace him, all to save money. This is the kind of thing players notice, and I think it absolutely has an effect on our image league wide.

                                If I had one complaint on the offseason, it would be that. Tobias Harris isn't worth a max deal, but Bogie is more than likely worth what he got. At least based off his play last year.
                                Bogey’s not worth 18 million now let alone when he’s 34. That’s my opinion, maybe that’s the front offices opinion as well. You don’t overpay a guy unless he’’s a star or the missing piece to a title. Bogey’s not either of those to us.

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