Why NBA Teams Shouldn’t Hoard Cap Space for 2014

July 9th, 2013 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

It's the latest trope to hit the NBA. It's the saving grace of fading franchises in major markets, like the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks. It's the long-shot hope of a mid-tier team like the Cleveland Cavaliers. It's the supposed bane of superstar-laden squads, like the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks.

"Wait until 2014."

Wait for what, exactly? A knight in shining armor to arrive on horseback? A miracle from the mountaintop to shift the natural order? Another redistribution of fortunes from Robin Hood himself?

Because that's what the pursuits of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh next summer are bound to become—hopes and dreams dashed by the cruelty of reality.

Or something. That all depends on how dramatic you'd want to make it.

It's all well and good that the Lakers will have only Steve Nash's $9.7 million on the books and figure to feature plenty of cap space once Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are either re-signed at steep discounts or sloughed off entirely.

The same goes for the Mavs, who should have room enough for a max free agent after Dirk Nowi ...

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