Here is a quote from an interesting article in the Indianapolis Star (Indystar.com) for those of you who seem to need the Cliipers to "make a move" just for the sake of making a move:
"Mid-level exceptions are the greatest threat to fiscal sanity for teams, and tend to lead to the most mistakes. They’re available to every team that’s over the salary cap, which is nearly every team, but there aren’t enough worthy free agents available to justify them. Some teams, eager to pacify their eager fans, inevitably reach out and touch the wrong someone.
An exceptionally well-connected league insider once told me the story of how Brian Cardinal got his mid-level. Seems Memphis owner Michael Heisley, frustrated by general manager Jerry West’s lack of activity, walked into West’s office one day and asked why he hadn’t signed anyone yet. So an exasperated West picked up his phone, called Cardinal’s agent and offered the mid-level on the spot. Then he turned to Heisley and said something along the lines of “There, you happy now?”
Now nobody in Memphis is happy about Cardinal’s contract _ other than Cardinal, of course.
This year, the real bargain-hunting will come at the end of this month, and into August. There are more capable free agents than there are teams with money to spend, so some capable players are going to be available for pennies on the dollar in the surplus bin.
The best GMs know how to play this game. They have to strike when the time is right, but they also have to be savvy shoppers who know they don’t always get what they pay for in free agency. A little patience and a sharp eye can go a long way toward building a team."
I think Baylor and Dunleavy have been prudent and have done a pretty good job in determining who can help this team and who is a "bad contract" waiting to happen. The only difference maker at PG that we could afford was Francis and they went after him pretty hard. There are still some good players available - some better than others. I just hope that we get a good player that is a good teammate as well with an ability to be a leader on the floor more than someone who can just make a pass or hit a shot. Be patient folks......
Here is the link to the rest of the article if anyone wants to read it: