Kwakami: Why are fighters so efficient in an independent administration?  It’s all about lottery options

Kwakami: Why are fighters so efficient in an independent administration? It’s all about lottery options

If you’re trying to figure out why the richest fighters on all teams seem to be moving a bit faster than contract offers to the valuable experience of the unit that just won another championship, there was a piece of evidence. In the last few months.

Here’s why the Warriors didn’t match or break Portland’s offer for Gary Python II and Toronto’s offer for Otto Porter Jr. and extremely low-balled Kevin Looney, although he accepted the deal on Friday:

لا Lottery finalist Musa Modi played more than 10 minutes in the Western Conference final, looking very strong in doing so, and already looks like he is looking for a place for the back-end rotation for next season. And maybe not just the back end.

لا Lottery final pick Jonathan Cumming started three games in the middle of the Memphis series and was short of that.meh In these competitions and others in the playoffs, but his athletic skills still stand out in the glitter, it’s just proof that he can do more amazing things relatively quickly than the glitter.

ستي Lottery finalist James Wissman started the first 16 games of his playing season – a year ago – and although he missed it all last season with long-term issues and was not good in 2020-21 when He played, the team’s top officials still have a twinkle in their eye when they imagine the devastation he could inflict on opponents if he could ever stay on the court and Stephen’s There seems to be comfort in playing with Kerry and company.

If you’re wondering what the Fighters will look like with these three guys playing regular minutes, Bob Myers and Joe Lacoub are almost certainly on the same wavelength. It is clear that they will not spend extra dollars in this free agent period for players who may pass roles with Cumminga, Moody and Weissman in 2022-23.

• And one more thing: The fighters have promised a combined salary of 8 148 million for Kerry, Kelly Thompson, Andrew Vegans and Dreammond Green next season. Add ډالرو 7 million or so AthletesAnthony Slater reports the salary for Loni’s new deal is 2022-23, and that puts the estimate at 5 155 million for five players, which is currently 23 times higher than the total salaries of 30 teams. That’s also above the 150 150.3 million luxury tax line. Again, this is just a five-player account.

The Warriors will have nine or 10 more players under contract when next season begins, meaning their luxury tax repeat bill will likely bring their total salary commitment closer to around 400 400 million. Remember, every dollar added to the salary is multiplied by seven. And fighters already promise the highest salaries in the history of North American sports.

They make a ton of money, but they cost more than anyone else. Before. So Lakob and Myers may eventually come to a number of salaries that they won’t go for. Or at least it will take a year to fully digest whether they really have to go. That number is probably 50 450 million. Maybe it’s 500 500 million. Maybe it depends on whether the Warriors win another championship in 2023. Or how management evaluates Wiseman, Cumming and Moody after this next season.

But there is a line here, even for fighters. It was a long time ago. And that comes into view right now.

Even as fans were rightly outraged by the loss of GP2 toughness and excellent defense in three years for Portland, the 28 28 million deal and questioned why the Warriors couldn’t match it. (Instead of drawing the line in two years and 13 13 million), there’s a sure fact here, even for fighters.

Lockheed and Myers made this bold two-time plan with the idea that their most expensive experienced home could bring the team back to the title race. They have invested heavily in this belief. And it got paid for them a few weeks ago. But the other side is that fighters must be committed to counting young, cheap players to balance the pay structure.

Python, who at 29 years old can’t wait for his big apple cut, should buy a big offer from Trail Blazer. Otto Porter Jr. should take a two-year offer with Toronto. Juan Tosano-Anderson should take the contract offered by the Lakers. It is unlikely that the fighters will be too close in this negotiation or possible non-negotiation. And Loney, who has always been a fighter priority this summer, has to accept what looks like a bottom-of-the-market deal from fighters when there was no other team to raise prices. There are no thank-you gift contracts from fighters, no.

Also, I suspect the length of the Python and Porter deal was more difficult for the fighters than the dollar figures, which should take into account the potentially major extensions for Jordan Poole and Andrew Wagner that a year from today the books will be damaged. To do. This is a pay-cap calculation. it’s complicated. That’s why almost no one has ever tried to run as many schedules as Lakob and Myers try.

Gary Python II and Otto Porter Jr.

With three lottery selection tabs to play a big role in next season, it makes little sense for the Warriors to pay to keep Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Python II. (Kerry Edmundson / USA Today)

Could the loss of Python and Porter cause irreparable damage to their repeated hopes in June 2023? It is possible. This is always possible. They were both very valuable in the past in May and June. If they are to be severely missed next May and June, no one should ignore that the financial side has come into play.

But the Warriors have already won four championships with this original, they have made unpopular decisions in the past (remember, many people including their top doctors wanted them to keep Avery Bradley out of the GP2 or Trade with Cuminga and / or Weissman for the final price weight (fall) and now they have three lottery options to move to the position to take some responsibility.

If you have a plan and you already pay the bunker tax penalty in a way that may not last long, you better continue with that plan.

“These are extraordinarily gifted young players,” Myers said of the draft night on Cominga, Moody and Weissman.

Moody can’t replace GP2 correctly. But he can be good in other areas. Cumming can’t exactly replace Porter. But, yes, he can be good at other things. Wiseman is a wild card. He might be horrible. He may have changed the whole way the fighters made their second unit. Or he may be injured again. who knows? But the whole point of drafting and keeping these guys is to play over time. And next season is time (if, as Myers points out, they can win Steve Carey’s trust).

“We didn’t really count on Cominga and Moody to play last year, but with the end of the season, Steve was playing Moody’s rotation minutes in the Western Conference Finals,” Myers said. “He started coming a couple of times in the second leg against Memphis. You don’t do it for charity. These guys got those minutes. So with that, and Steve believes, we think at least those two are less.” At least it has found a place in the circulation.

“And then Wiseman, we have to see how he does. See how he plays. But we think he’s shown that he can play the role. We have to plant it for him and it’s on him.” Rocky limited a bit more than that in the year so you take these three guys, whether they’re six to eight or eight to 10 or seven to nine, we Think they are part of the rotation.

Fighters still need to add some experience. I’m not really sure who it could be right now. The first and second waves of the Free Administration have come and gone and the only action of the fighters is to keep Loni. They also have first-round pick Patrick Baldwin Jr. and second-rounder Ryan Rollins, but now their role may be to sit and watch for the season or spend more time in the G-League.

So the Warriors have six stars – Carrie, Dreammond, Village, Vegans, Poole and Looney. Add Cominga, Moody and Weissman to it. Add two pieces. That’s a total of 11. They will try to sign at least one or two more veteran players, as they added Andrew Agodala, Nemanja Bejelika and Porter last year. And then fighters may try for 14th and 15th place (or just keep 15th place open).

“That, we think, might end up being a pretty good list,” Myers said.

It may not be exactly like it was last season. The list is always changing. That needs to change. Sometimes it is for good, sometimes for bad. But the Warriors won’t sit still and actually compile their list for their latest lottery options to change a lot of things for next season.

As a side note: Kerry just finished his 13th season with the Warriors, the same length as Bill Russell, Asia Thomas, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, among many other intellectuals, in their careers as a team and Only played for one team.

Derek Nowitzki spent 21 seasons with Dallas, which is the longest career record with just one team. Bill Kobe Bryant is in 20 seasons with the Lakers. Then three players are in the 19th – John Stockton with Utah, Tim Duncan with San Antonio and Edmunds Haslam, who will make it 20 next season with Miami. There are only nine players between the ages of 14 and 16 on a team. Kerry will join this group next season.

And the Warriors also have Kelly Thompson in 11 seasons (although he missed two due to injury) and Dreammond Green in 10, all with just the Warriors.

I’m just thinking about it now, as Kevin Durant made it to the semifinals after three seasons to leave the net.

I’ve always loved updating the number of individual player titles after each Warriors championship, as the years go by. My list includes players who have played at least one minute during the playoffs while running a particular title, so it eliminates the guys like Omari Caspian, Chris Boucher, Eugene Kozmic and Brent Weber, all of whom have won the championship. Played in regular seasons but or released. Didn’t play a minute before or in the playoffs.

Important Note: This is not a finger number. This helped in the title-run-after-the-last issue.

All four championships (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022): Curry, Dreammond, Kelly, Andre Egodala

Three Championships: Sean Livingston (2015, 2017, 2018)

Two champions: Looney * (2018, 2022), Durant (2017, 2018), David West (2017, 2018), Zaza Pachulia (2017, 2018), Joel McGee (2017, 2018), Patrick McCoy (2017, 2018) Damien Jones (2017, 2018), James Michael McAdo (2015, 2017)

A Championship, 2022: Vegans, Poole, Porter, Gary Python II, Bezelica, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Moody, Cuminga, Damon Lee

One Champion, 2018: Kevin Cook, Nick Young, Jordan Bell

A Champion, 2017: Ian Clark, Matt Barnes

One Champion, 2015: Andrew Bogot, Harrison Barnes, David Lee, Lendro Barbosa, Festus Isley, Maris Spitz, Brandon Rush, Justin Holliday

A few notes:

• Loney has played in 53 regular season games in 2016-17 but has not played a single minute since the season.

• Wiseman was on the 2021-2022 list overall but did not play a single minute in the regular or postseason.

There are other similar examples that I will not cite, but Looney and Weissman are just two other obvious cases.

(Photo above: Darren Yamashita / America Today)

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