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Since Toronto recently spent the bulk of its $5.8 million mid-level
exception to sign Linas
Kleiza, it doesn’t have the available funds to sign Barnes outright
to a deal that starts in the neighborhood of $4 million.
Magic, though, are prevented by salary-cap rules from starting a
sign-and-trade deal for Barnes at higher than $2 million, because
Orlando doesn’t have Barnes’ full Bird rights after employing him for
only one season. A sign-and-trade deal would also have to span at least
three years, although only the first year is required to be guaranteed.
How the hell can an NBA GM and NBA agent agree to a deal that isn’t possible? If I’m Matt Barnes, I immediately fire my agent and give Toronto the middle finger salute.
Before thoughts of Barnes wearing green cross your mind (again), you should know that Cleveland still has its full MLE.
On Page 2, news about the Celtics efforts to move Sheed’s contract.
The Celtics’ attempt to move the yet-to-retire Rasheed Wallace’s $6
million salary slot may even take longer, after teams finish with free
agency and have a better idea of how their respective rosters shape up.
But right now, movement on that front for the Celtics is even slower
than the attempt to sign a quality player to a veteran’s minimum
Not even the lure of a team that came within 12 minutes of the NBA
title is always enough when money is involved.
“That’s never been enough to prevent guys from making money,” said
Ainge. “It’s always hard to gauge. We just have to wait and see. There
are still good players out there.”
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