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Jakkal

DanH wrote:
Guys, Gasol is going to get paid. Either MLE for term or bigger for a single season (I'd bet on the latter). Hopefully the Raps pony up for the one year term.

Serge is going to get even more paid. Doubt it will be here, and it shouldn't be. 

And even if the cap holds steady for next year, trying to sign both players while retaining FVV would mean going into the tax, potentially deep into the tax, which they definitely should not be doing next year. 

I don't see going into the tax as a huge issue. I know its possible to get Giannis but the more money Fred gets the tougher that will be to do so we'd have to cut more players to make it work. Its beginning to look more like we should just keep the guys we have and continue to build without looking to score big on the free agent market. In that case the tax don't matter.

 

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Jakkal wrote:

 

I don't see going into the tax as a huge issue. I know its possible to get Giannis but the more money Fred gets the tougher that will be to do so we'd have to cut more players to make it work. Its beginning to look more like we should just keep the guys we have and continue to build without looking to score big on the free agent market. In that case the tax don't matter.

 



Why would the tax not matter in that case? If we are not grabbing a superstar and then paying to keep talent around that superstar, why would the team even want to go into the tax in that case?

As for the tax being an issue, it is definitely a concern for management and a key in their long term planning, so ignoring it as fans would just be ignoring the realities the team is definitely going to be dealing with. 

Any Fred deal leaves room for Giannis (depending on what happens with the cap, of course, but that's a big question mark no matter what). It's just a question of whether they need to find a landing spot for Powell, whether they have extra wiggle room to offer a bit of cash to a vet to stick around, etc.
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