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It's so hard to tell. If Batum signs the first offer sheet he sees before we sign other free agents it really cramps our ability to maximize our cap space. Now, if we sign a free agent or two and Batum waits, then we could be able to go over the cap to sign Batum.Hickson is another interesting situation. We may not have his bird rights after this hearing with the league, meaning we won't be able to extend him a Qualifying Offer or match any offer he gets.I think if you sign Batum and Hickson, there just isn't going to be any real money left over to make a huge splash in free agency. I love Big Roy, but there's no way Indiana lets him go. I want Deron, but he's not coming here, either. Eric Gordon is fantastic but again, he's restricted and has an injury history. So personally, I'd rather use the cap space to take on a bad contract and get another lottery pick (ie: Okafor and the #10).
Dustin, Hickson can be extended a QO without Bird Rights; however, to match any offer he receives we need to have cap space or cap exceptions. To match a 6 million offer to Hickson without his Bird Rights Portland would need around 1.5 million in cap space. With that Portland could use the 1.5 in cap space, their bi-annual exception 1.957 million and their room mid-level exception 2.575 million.
I heard somewhere that we could use crawford in a sign and trade scenario. Is that out of the realm of possibility? Batum and Crawford going to a team with a good pg (wizards/cavs), could bring something good in return... and if Batum is serious about signing the first big offer, I'm tempted to say let hime walk. He must know the organization's position. Wouldn't he want to help the team be better by waiting, until the team is stacked better. They can still offer him a big salary. I don't get it... can somebody explain his selfish position, so it seems less selfish?
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