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Dwane Casey and Jeff Hornacek Named Coaches of the Month

Image by Nick Olejniczak via Flickr

The Toronto Raptors' Dwane Casey and the Phoenix Suns' Jeff Hornacek were named Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month. They've had quite different seasons, but the starting point for the success of both is the same.

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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.