|The mid-level exception is the only guaranteed tool a team over the salary cap has at its disposal to upgrade through free agency. Sometimes, it can be used to land a difference maker. Other times, teams use it year after year, and dig their hole deeper and deeper (Ahem, Isiah, are you listening?). After the jump, we'll try to nail down which players could possibly be had for the MLE.|
|The Kings bought out the remainder of Drew Gooden's contract and the Thunder bought out Joe Smith's last night before the 11:59 p.m. deadline. Both players will be playoff-eligible for whoever signs them. Most likely, Smith will head to Cleveland and see significant playing time in Ben Wallace's absence (Wallace is out with a broken leg).|
|Dean H., a season-ticket holder and reader here, attended a lunch with Ed Stefanski earlier today. Here's his report from the Q&A session Stefanski had with the loyal fans.|
|According to Joel Sherman, the Yanks won't waste any time in their pursuit of C.C. Sabathia. Sherman pegs their initial offer at $150M/6 years and thinks that could be only the starting point. Sherman says they'll submit their first...|
|According to Impacto Deportivo, the Yanks have signed Damaso Marte to a three-year, $12M deal. The link (and translation) comes via MLB Trade Rumors.If true, it's a good move for the Yanks this season, but I disagree with the logic...|
|I've taken a couple of weeks to gain some perspective on this team. I've read all the rumors and the opinions out there as to what the Yanks should do for 2009 and now I'm ready to put pen to...|
|Just like last year, I'm going to break the Yankees offseason down in several posts over the coming days, weeks and months. We'll get the ball rolling with a look at the Yankee free agents. For each guy we'll go...|
|Phil Jasner has the scoop. It looks like Donyell Marshall will join Kareem Rush as a shooter off the bench for the Sixers.The rumor is a one-year deal for $1.26M (veteran's minimum). Marshall is a career 34.8% shooter from downtown,...|
Latest comment: from JordanI'll take it another level and say, I don't mind if I don't see him 'til the playoffs :)...
|The last time the Sixers acquired Theo Ratliff, it was the impetus for a run to the finals. Ratliff was traded to the Sixers from the Pistons, along with Aaron McKie, for Jerry Stackhouse. That move broke up probably the...|
Latest comment: from JJI always liked Theo and hope he stays healthy. Nice addition. ...
|The short answer seems to be yes to Joe Horn, and no to Boldin.The Falcons cut Joe Horn, who has been trying to find a way out of town all Summer. The question is, would he be an upgrade to...|
|The Inquirer has the scoop (thanks to Joe for the link). It looks like 6 years/$80M with another $5M in incentives and the 6th season is a player option. A hefty price, but again, the Sixers had to get it...|
Latest comment: from BrianYup, it's hard to predict. I think we fall somewhere between 2nd and 6th definitely, probably 3rd or 4th....
|Well, the waiting is over. For all intents and purposes, our roster is set. ESPN.com is reporting the Sixers and Andre Iguodala have agreed on a 6-year, $80M extension.Too much money? Probably. We've gone over that time and time again....|
Latest comment: from JoeDone deal... link...
|Over the past twenty-four hours I've read just about every forum thread, blog post, article and comment on the Andre Iguodala situation and there seems to be a common theme regarding the rumored 5 year/$72.6M contract he may or may...|
|Phillyburbs.com has a brief piece on the Iguodala situation. The key point seems to be that Iguodala's contract wouldn't put the Sixers over the luxury tax threshold.At the end of the story, the writer quotes sources as saying they're close...|
|Alonzo Mourning and Grant Hill are the first guys who come to mind when I think about stars of years past making comebacks after injuries. It was improbable that either would ever contribute heavy minutes, let alone solid numbers, after...|
Latest comment: from TerryFunny stuff...