Mikhail Prokhorov said he’ll pay the repeater luxury-tax for the Nets.
Thaddeus Young – who had a $10,221,739 player option – could put that to the test.
Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:
Young helped the Nets sneak into the playoffs after coming to Brooklyn for Kevin Garnett. But keeping the 27-year-old forward could get expensive.
Let’s make a few assumptions about the rest of the roster:
Here’s a projection of how much Young’s salary – from the minimum to his projected maximum – would cost Brooklyn in light of the harsh repeater penalties:
|Thaddeus Young salary
||Cost to Nets
It obviously gets ridiculous, especially when you get to Young’s estimated starting salary for next season of around $11 million.
However, if the Nets don’t re-sign Young, they can’t just spend that money elsewhere. They’d be limited to the $3,376,000 taxpayer mid-level exception. And there’s no upside for getting worse. They already traded their 2016 first-round pick to the Celtics.
If they don’t sign Young, the Nets have a chance to get under the tax. That’s the route every other owner would go – especially considering the upside to signing Young is fighting for a playoff berth in the weak Eastern Conference.
But Prokhorov is a different breed. Young could show us just how different.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have the No. 1 pick, and they are doing their due dillegence — this week they have workouts with Jahlil Okafor and Karl Anthony Towns. They even are getting a better look at guys they almost certainly would not take with that spot, such as Kristaps Porzingis.
And they are getting Kevin Garnett’s input on all of them.
Timberwolves coach and GM Flip Saunders was on the Chris Mannix NBCSports Radio show and said Garnett is involved in helping the Timberwolves make a decision. Via Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN in the twin cities:
This makes it sound like KG will be back with the Timberwolves on the court next season. Remember Minnesota traded to bring him “home” and out of Brooklyn mid-season. There was speculation that Garnett would retire this summer.
But whenever he does retire, he will have a role with the Timberwolves. Maybe as part owner, but a role one way or another.
The buzz from people around the league has not changed: other teams say Flip Saunders still prefers Okafor, and that is likely who they draft No. 1. But as they should they are taking a close look at a number of top players.
The developing contract standoff between the Heat and Dwyane Wade has the potential to test a 12-year relationship that has been hugely beneficial to both sides. We’ll have plenty of time to watch that situation unfold between now and the start of free agency on July 1. In the meantime, this Dan Le Batard column in the Miami Herald breaking it down includes this neat what-if scenario about a blockbuster trade that never happened:
Miami’s Big 3 would have never gotten together if Shawn Marion, of all people, had gotten what he wanted. Marion was so stubborn about wanting a max contract back in 2007 that his insistence helped blow up a three-team deal that could have sent Kevin Garnett from Minnesota to Phoenix. That deal would have prevented Garnett from ever teaming up with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen to win a championship in Boston. But Marion wouldn’t re-sign with a trading team that wasn’t offering the max, so he was instead sent to Miami for a disgruntled Shaquille O’Neal. Miami offered Marion a four-year contract that would have also kept Miami’s Big 3 from uniting, but not at the max. So Marion asked to be traded … and had to settle in Dallas for a five-year, $39 million deal that was far less than the max.
The idea of Garnett and Steve Nash together in Phoenix is tantalizing to think about. This trade wasn’t the only scenario where that could have happened, either. At the time, ESPN.com’s Chad Ford and Marc Stein reported that there were talks of a four-way trade
that would have sent Garnett to the Suns, Marion to the Celtics, Amar’e Stoudemire to the Hawks and the No. 5 overall pick in the 2007 draft to the Timberwolves.
If the original trade had gone through, it would have radically altered recent NBA history, replacing Stoudemire with Garnett in the Seven Seconds or Less Suns lineup, preventing the Celtics’ big three from forming (thus swinging the 2008 title somewhere else) and preventing James, Wade and Bosh from teaming up in Miami.