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NBA Saturday: Time to Hit the Bargain Bin
Posted By Joel Brigham On July 13, 2013 @ 6:00 am In NBA | No Comments
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It’s Time For A Little Bargain Hunting
At this point, the reality with free agency is that most teams’ cap space is either dried up or drying up, so the players who are still hanging around in the free agency pool may not get the kind of money they were hoping for a month or two ago.
Restricted free agents, obviously, have a better shot at getting paid what they’re worth even if their current team is getting low on cap space, so someone like Nikola Pekovic, for example, will still get plenty of money. Brandon Jennings and Gerald Henderson are waiting for their deals, too, but neither one is necessarily going to come cheap.
There are, however a number of solid role players that could be had for very affordable numbers, and here are the best of them, in alphabetical order:
Metta World Peace and Tyrus Thomas, both recently amnestied, could be added to this list, too, assuming that there are team interested in either player, but other than that it should be pretty clear that the 2013 crop of free agents has pretty much been picked over. The players above represent the best of what’s left, and rest assured that the overwhelming majority of them will be snatched up quickly.
Michael Carter-Williams Embracing Opportunity in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia 76ers took a huge risk this offseason by trading away All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday for Nerlens Noel, which of course puts a lot of pressure on Noel as the future of the franchise, but with all the news that trade made on draft night, it would be easy to forget that Philadelphia almost immediately drafted a new player to take Holiday’s place: Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams.
Carter-Williams recently wrapped up his first Summer League experience in Orlando, and he believes he’s on the right track towards making the Sixers glad they put their faith in him.
“I’m looking forward to [playing for the 76ers],” Carter-Williams said. “I know it’s going to be a learning experience. We’re going to have a lot of new guys, but we’re going to also have some veterans, so we’re going to learn from them and try to bring everything together as a team and do the best we can.”
As for Summer League, he thinks things went well for him and his new teammates.
“I felt pretty good,” he said. “I was a little nervous in the beginning and had some careless turnovers. Overall, as a team, we did pretty well. We’re just going to learn from our mistakes.”
He’ll have some time to learn from those mistakes, as the Sixers aren’t in a big hurry to get back into the postseason this year since the 2014 draft class is so excellent, but Carter-Williams understands and appreciates the pressure that’s he’s got on himself.
“It’s part of basketball. If I want to be the player I want to be, then those expectations are going to be there, so it comes with wanting to be great,” he said, adding that the team’s expectations include, “staying in front of the ball, willing the team to win, and doing the best that I can.”
He’s a young player with a lot to learn, but the Sixers are hoping he’s every bit as good as Holiday and perhaps even better. With him and Noel, plus what could be two lottery picks in next summer’s draft, the Sixers are undergoing a risky rebuild that could pay off huge. The meantime, however, is going to be a little rough for Philly fans. If the long-term payoff is big enough, though, that meantime will have been worth it.
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