Really happy to get Chambers, even if he is not able to play until mid January. It is the playoffs we want him for.
As for Drexler, the Kings also offered a max deal (more money as they had Bird rights), but he chose to play elsewhere. I understand the decision, though.
Also, a general comment, we are seeing less signings in the early stages of Free Agency, which I think is good as players are likely considering all potential options. I guess we will see more signings from now on.
Defense in the back court overall will be an issue for sure (Pooh and Mitch only others now in backcourt). But had to make a decision on going for one player at 8m per....or three guys at or around ~2.5-3m per.
Hopefully get a couple more depth players at SG and SF to balance out the roster.
I put a blank cheque in front of Jerome on day one and said he could decide his own salary. Yesterday, I submitted this offer just so there was something official on the table. I believe its the only offer he got. Obviously happy to get him back at that price.
We planned this cap space to coincide with King's last contract and had most expire then so whether it was Smits or Drexler or anyone else, the transition in the coming years was 3 years in the making when King was 30-odd.
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