“There’s a lot of bad contracts they could have traded him for. The Sixers would have traded Al Horford for him, but why would Cleveland do that? They want expiring money and picks,” the former GM said. “Portland could have made a deal work, but for what? They would have really had to look at their cap space and tax money for next year and asked how far a trade for Love would really push them. Would it make them a top-four seed in the West? I don’t think so.”
Storyline: Al Horford Trade?
While the shift from $116 million to $115 million was actually smaller than anticipated after the drama with China, it still has a material effect on the league. It is true that a lower cap reduces salaries of max extensions like Ben Simmons, and new max contracts for free agents, including Anthony Davis, but the far bigger deal is that it takes a bite out of every cap space team’s amount and each Mid-Level exception (since it is partially tied to the cap too in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement). Even with so few teams looking to use space in 2020, this should serve as a reminder of how the modern contract ecosystem relies on the cap going up season by season.
The Raptors ended up being an early signal of the coming shift as Masai Ujiri negotiated extensions with both Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam. Ujiri willingly conceding spending power, albeit to retain two pivotal members of their championship team, helped clarify how little many front offices cared about maximizing 2020 cap space. It was unsurprising to see less flexible front offices like the 76ers (Ben Simmons) and Nets (Caris LeVert and Taurean Prince) lock up young players ahead of restricted free agency, but a group of teams that includes the Raptors, Grizzlies (Dillon Brooks) and Kings (Buddy Hield) deliberately gave up cap space, and that meaningfully reduced the league-wide spending power this summer.

Matisse Thybulle to represent Australia at Olympics

Ben Simmons says his Philadelphia 76ers’ teammate Matisse Thybulle will play for Australia at this year’s Olympics. Thybulle was born in the US, spent part of his childhood in Australia and would be a defensive force for the Boomers in Tokyo as the team attempts to win its first Olympic medal. “He’s going to play for Australia,” Simmons told reporters at an NBA All-Star press conference in Chicago on Saturday. “He’s great.”
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