In the voracious quest for assets, it seems like Sixer nation hastily jumps in on any deal for our team's remaining cap space. It's logical...why pay all that money to our current roster just to get to the salary cap floor when we could get easily get stuff for that cap space in the process?
Maybe I'm being emotional, or paranoid, but I don't like the idea of being the conduit for franchises desperate to land a big name. Unless the price is right, I don't want to be involved in any of them: Bulls for Boozer, Knicks for Amare, Houston for Lin, etc.
The common view is that there are "dozens and dozens" of teams willing to trade for these big salaried guys so that the trade partner can sign big salary guys. I don't know if I buy it. While I understand the very basic logic of wanting to get to the salary cap floor, I don't feel like there as many teams willing to do these types of deals than people say.
There's a lot of pressure on some of these teams wanting to jettison salary to improve their roster, most seeking these final moves to legitimately compete for a championship. For that right to have a real shot at a ring, we're going to get...Iman Shumpert? A second round pick? A first rounder in the 25 to 30 range? That's it? That's the premium we're going to charge for fulfilling the hopes and dreams of fanbases in New York, Chicago, or Houston? I'd rather make Nerlens, MCW, Embiid, and the rest of the rascals on the Sixers richer men than be a party to that bullshit. Or maybe a better deal comes along by the trade deadline, who knows.
My desire before and during the 2014 draft was to trade with the Bulls for both of their first round picks, acquiring Boozer and whoever else in process to allow them to make a really nice run at Melo while preserving all of their talent. Then they traded their picks for McBuckets. That would have been a amazing bounty, picks 16 and 19. Currently, the purported deals for our precious cap haven't come close to the rumors of the realistic deal with the Bulls for 19 around draft time.
Another angle to this is we could be creating a powerful enemy down the road. I don't know about you guys, but I have high hopes for this 76er team. Extremely high. A young core of MCW, Nerlens, and Embiid is an absolutely astonishing amount of young talent. Two of them are only are the second year of their rookie deals, with the other on just his first. This is aligning perfectly for the Sixers to aggressively pursue a huge free agent in the near future. Seeing that young talent grow (and stay healthy), plus the fact that Philadelphia is a big market with cap space will be immensely attractive to guy that wants to win. To be honest, my specific target is Kevin Durant. Nothing makes more sense. His frustration is going to boil over in OKC unless they win big at some point over the next two years (which I highly doubt happens). And yes, over that time, I expect our team to develop to the point where a superstar that big will choose our roster over his. Even if Embiid misses this whole year, by the time Durant will hit free agency, MCW will be entering his fourth year of playing, Nerlens his third, and Embiid his second. That's enough time to find out whether or not this is truly what we all hope it to be. Add in all the picks we get until then and Dario Saric coming over that year, what else do ya want? That is a potentially dominant, dynastic amount of talent. Why would you want to give any team a shot at acquiring talent via our cap space to compete with our team's future talent?
I'd rather moralize and keep my dignity than salvage some flotsam and jetsam from the Knicks, or allow Houston to get Bosh or Melo by getting just their very low first rounder. Again, I'm not unreasonable. If the price is right, pounce. Other than that, wait. Better or equivalent deals will be there later. If not, MCW, Nerlens, and Embiid are going to outearn their first contracts anyway. I'd love to give them a little extra pocket money.