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No J.R. Smith, No Problem For Knicks: Thoughts on the NBA for 1/10/14

Welcome back to this daily “Thoughts” post. Unfortunately due to travel I was unable to post yesterday, but we’re back at today. Let’s get into it. Obviously we have to start with the Knicks win, sans J.R. Smith, over the… Continue Reading

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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