Are 76ers, Knicks getting heat manipulation treatment? Or selective NBA enforcement? – The Denver Post

A year ago, after a second consecutive season extended by the pandemic, the Miami Heat were poised for the NBA Free Agency’s delayed start on August 2.

Or, according to the NBA, a year ago, after a second consecutive season extended by the pandemic, the Heat was knee-deep in the process.

Hardly had it become known about the Heat’s sign-and-trade deal with the Toronto Raptors for Kyle Lowry, minutes after that August 2, 2021, the opening bell of the free agency, and the league was T’d out. T for mess.

Five days later, it was confirmed that the NBA was indeed investigating. Four months later, the Heat got a second round in the June draft.

The Heat’s response? “Although we do not agree, we accept the decision of the League. We will continue with our season.” With Lowry in place, the Heat finished with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, one win from a spot in the NBA Finals.

Now, a year later, the question is whether the NBA will be unified in its approach to what is considered “gun jumping,” leaving free agency overtures out of the allotted window.

As ESPN reported, the NBA explores everything creative — and dare we say, pre-planned? — approach by the Philadelphia 76ers that helped them quickly incarcerate former Heat power-forward PJ Tucker at the start of free agency. That well may have brought some shenanigans with James Harden’s free-agency deal.

But Exhibit A of “gun jumping” this year stands as the New York Knicks, who couldn’t have been more transparent with their courtship with Dallas Mavericks free-agent guard Jalen Brunson, of Knicks brass who attended one of his playoff games, to New York York’s appointment of Jalen’s father, former NBA guard Rick Brunson, as coach in June, at Jalen’s representation by Sam Rose, son of Knicks president Leon Rose.

It is, of course, how the game is played, how the game has always been played.

Even Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shrugged during the NBA summer league.

“No, they were perfect. I saw nothing wrong at all,” Cuban said on Sirius/XM NBA Radio, with sarcasm in his tone. “That’s just the thing. That’s just the way it works. You know, that’s not my job to determine. That’s up to the NBA. It is what it is. It’s finished.”

Based on the Knicks’ desperation to make a deal with a free agent, any free agent assigned a second round will likely be seen as a cost of doing business. Remember, this is a team that bid on Chris Bosh and LeBron James in 2010 and got away with Amar’e Stoudemire. It’s a team that decided Brunson was worth $104 million in four years.

The Heat wasn’t alone in getting a second-round roster last summer, with the Chicago Bulls getting the same timing penalty with their sign-and-trade free-agency deal with Lonzo Ball. In the absence of a second round pick in last June’s draft, the Bulls remain on the hook for that penalty.

So are the Knicks next in the penalty area, even for the 76ers? Unlike the Heat and Knicks last summer, the deal with Brunson was straightforward, no need for third-party involvement, such as the Heat required with the Raptors for Lowry or the Bulls with the New Orleans Pelicans for Ball.

The Heat even lost Tucker last month before the Knicks deal with Brunson became clear minutes after the free agency starts at 6 p.m. on June 30. For days it was known that Tucker had made an offer for the mid-level $10.5 million exception from the 76ers, at a time when the 76ers still had a lot of work to do with Harden to free up space for Tucker under the hard cap.

As with all NBA-free agency matters, the timing of Tucker’s agreement with the 76ers was initially received with as much shrugs as the timing of Brunson’s agreement.

The reality now, as it was with the Heat and Bulls last summer, is that if the extra cost of such pre-arranged deals is a forfeited second round pick, so be it. The Heat would certainly have made such a choice to strike a Lowry deal last summer, as did the Bulls with Ball. And the Knicks’ desperation, as evidenced by the generosity of Brunson’s contract, showed that New York probably would have, too. Perhaps that sanction will also affect the 76ers.

As it was, this year’s draft was reduced to 58 selections, with the Milwaukee Bucks picking a 2022 runoff over a previous free-agency offense in 2021 with Bogdan Bogdanovic.

This is considered a penalty for the competition office.

For the teams of the league, it’s the cost of doing business.

So the Knicks and 76ers next?

Or did the fatigue kick in again after the Heat and Bulls were truncated a year ago?


THE ROAD BLOCKS: For those who are still unclear about trade permutations for Kevin Durant and who can take back the Brooklyn Nets comes down to what the NBA calls the Designated Rookie Extension. In principle, you can have up to two such players in your roster at the same time, but only one who has been cleared through trade. for the heat, Bam Adebayo falls under that category, with possible (not so likely) Tyler Herro The next. Because the Nets have taken over Ben Simmons therefore, while he is under such a deal, they cannot acquire such a player while Simmons is still on their roster. The current list, according to The Ringer: Zion Williamson (New Orleans), I Morant (Memphis), Adebayo (Miami), Devin Booker (Phoenix), Luka Doncic (Dallas), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia), De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City), Jamal Murray (Denver), Donovan Mitchell (Utah), Simmons (Brooklyn), Michael Porter Jr. (Denver), Jayson Tatum (Boston), Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota), Andrew Wiggins (Golden State) and Trae Young (Atlanta).

BACK TO IT: Returned to his day job, Philippine coaching legend Tim Cone reflected on his time with the Heat in the summer league and the lessons he hopes to export. “These are things I’m struggling with now, as I’ve been exposed to some new things, and I definitely enjoy trying some of them,” he said, after leaving his team for the season. the Heat to work this month. “I wanted to observe everything I could do, but I also didn’t want to be pushy and get in the way, so it was a delicate balance to do that too.” Cone worked Heat Summer League at the invitation of Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who is of Filipino descent. Next year, the Oregon-born 64-year-old will coach against Spoelstra and Team USA in the World Cup, with the Philippines as the host country. “It’s indescribable how amazing it was,” Cone said back in the Philippines about his Heat experience. “I have no words for it.”

GLUE DUDE: When it comes to Heat “glue guys” over the years, James Posey probably fit that definition for the 2006 Heat Championship as much as anyone on the Heat rosters who won NBA titles in 2012 and ’13. Now the journey of enlightenment continues, with the former Heat forward being named a Washington Wizards assistant coach. After also winning an NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and then as an assistant to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, Posey arrives in Washington after spending last season as an assistant coach for the University of Virginia women’s team under the Hall. of famer Tina Thompson. He previously coached in Cleveland for five seasons. “We will be able to draw on his playing and coaching experiences to help our players develop,” Wizards said. Wes Unseld Jr.

BOTH SIDES: The Heat finished with placings on both Spotrac’s list of best and worst off-season free agent purchases. The agreement with forward Caleb Martin ranked fifth (with twin brother Cody Martin re-sign with the Charlotte Hornets). About Caleb Martin’s deal (three years, $20.5 million at the taxpayer center exception), the salary-driven website noted, “Miami still got a lot of value for the taxpayer’s MLE amount for a player who should have played more in the Eastern Conference Finals.” On the list of worst purchases, the $9 million two-year deal for backup Heat Center Dewayne Dedmon was number 8 because, “Dedmon seems like a big man on minimum wage right now. The Heat couldn’t even play him near the end of their playoff run. Omer Yurtseven perhaps better as a backup for Bam Adebayo.” Interestingly, the 76ers’ signing of Tucker from the Heat for $33 million over six years was number 7 on the worst list, noting, “that $11.5 million player option in Year 3, when Tucker will be 40 years old, already looks really bad. “


$10.5 million. Payment received by each of the 23 teams, including the Heat, who stayed under last season’s luxury tax, the figure was a percentage of the excess of the seven teams that worked above the tax.


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