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The only reason this is even a plausible idea is because of how much success the HEAT’s Big Three has experienced as a result of their unselfishness and willingness to take less money. However, it’s never an easy sell to convince someone to take less, let alone three guys who could be potentially coming off of back-to-back-to-back championships by the time contract negotiations roll around. There are going to be other teams trying to lure them away with full max contracts, making the pitch even more difficult.
If they are not interested in taking a pay cut we’re going to find out just how much the HEAT is willing to pay to keep a dynasty together. It’s hard to imagine them not finding a way to do what they need to do, but the repeater tax is stiff. Here’s a chart courtesy of Larry Coon’s CBA FAQ to give you an insight as to just how quickly the HEAT’s tax bill will climb as a repeat offender.
O’Bryant is widely regarded as a mid-to-late second round pick, so the next few months are really going to be important for him. He did set a new career high for points this season, but his rebounding numbers decreased from his sophomore season and there are concerns about how he’s going to handle playing against NBA-caliber athletes night in and night out. If he can alleviate those concerns by outperforming some of the players ranked ahead of him while getting himself in peak condition, he could climb as high as the top half of the second round.
Only $1.8 million of the $3.8 million owed to Dalembert is guaranteed next season. Even as a team looking to make a splash in free agency, though, the extra $2 million is a reasonable price to pay with the way Dalembert has performed over the last two months. Since February he’s averaged just over seven points, nearly eight rebounds and a block and a half. The Mavericks are Dalembert’s fourth team in the last four years. Knowing that he’s settling into his home for at least the next season should do nothing but help his recently improved play.
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