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Eric Bledsoe: Rising Sun

via flickr | S J Pinkney

Teams negotiating contract extensions with players facing restricted free agency in the coming summer are working from a position of strength. With the right to match any offer their restricted free agent receives after the season, organizations hold a ubiquitous power over young players throughout such discourse.

In a vacuum, teams assessing whether or not to award a non-maximum extension before the early-season deadline should ask themselves a simple question: Is there a chance this prospective deal comes in below a player’s market value this summer? If not, there’s just no blanket justification for granting these often-lucrative contracts. Outperform expectations? Franchises will gladly pay the inflated price. Underwhelm? That omnipresent power in free agency remains. Continue Reading

Yes, the Cavs Did Win Last Night

For those of you who enjoyed a night out on the town last night, perhaps you woke up this morning still not at 100%. And perhaps you turned on the TV, and almost fell down when you saw this score… Continue Reading