With the NBA’s new CBA bringing teams closer and closer to paying bigger fines for exceeding the salary cap, player movement and contract negotiations were framed in a different light this offseason.
Couple ownership salary cap concerns with the unprecedented number of front office and coaching changes that took place this offseason, and the flood gates opened to provide a heaping helping of intrigue going into the 2013-14 season.
So, where did all of those free agents and misfit players end up up at the end of the offseason? Let’s take a look at the Eastern Conference offseason moves.
via Rotowire.com – Fantasy NBA Draft Kit: Offseason Moves – Eastern Conference.
Not gonna lie…. I won’t miss Scott Skiles.
It’s not that he’s a bad coach. I think he’s actually pretty good, and he’s had a fair amount of success in this league. But his distribution of minutes is famously unpredictable, which has destroyed the fantasy value of quite a few players on Skiles’ teams. I’ve been consciously avoiding Milwaukee players – with the notable exceptions of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis – in fantasy drafts for that very reason. Given the choice between a guy who will play 30 minutes consistently and one who will play 35 one night and then 13-14 for three straight games, I’ll take the guy getting regular run every time.
Inconsistent playing time might also have hurt the development of promising young frontcourt players like Larry Sanders. Sanders (71 percent owned) could get a nice boost under new coach Jim Boylan. He played 31 minutes in Wednesday’s win over Chicago – up from his season average of 24.8 – and has been a force in the paint of late (13 blocks in Boylan’s two games calling the plays). It’ll be nice to plug Sanders into lineups and have confidence that he’ll get starter-type minutes on a much more regular basis.
Of course, rotations can also be too predictable. Brooklyn’s Avery Johnson was known for having carved-in-stone substitution patterns, which may have allowed some of his more-established players to get a little too comfortable. And that level of comfort – and the lackadaisical play that followed – is a big reason why Johnson is no longer employed by the Nets.
Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo has been preaching accountability since taking over the job. Specifically, he’s said that players that aren’t playing up to par on both ends of the floor will get pulled. That probably doesn’t mean we’ll see a big shakeup in the Nets’ rotation, but it’s possible that someone like MarShon Brooks – a promising second-year guard who spent much of this season in Johnson’s doghouse – could re-emerge.
via Waiver Wire: Bad Rotation – RotoWire.com.
Just yesterday, in the context of a Twitter discussion about Dirk Nowitzki, I was idly wondering what Robert “Tractor” Traylor was doing.
Less than 24 hours later, I heard the news. Traylor has been found dead in his Puerto Rico apartment. He has been playing for a professional team on the island this season, appearing in 10 games for the Vaqueros de Bayamon, and was in the process of working his way back from an injury. According to Internet reports, Traylor suffered a massive heart attack.
He was just 34 years old.
Traylor was the 6th overall pick of the Dallas Mavericks in the 1998 NBA Draft, and shipped to Milwaukee in exchange for 9th overall pick Dirk Nowitzki. He played seven seasons in the NBA, most recently for the Cavaliers in 2004-05.