Trade Deadline

Joakim Noah

My heart aches for Joakim Noah and his ailing knees. In less than two years Jo-No has gone from a MVP candidate and Defensive Player of the Year to knee surgery ruining his 2014-2015 season and coming off the bench for a second year player (Nikola Mirotic).  Talk about a tough turn of events. Now it seems those pesky knee issues have resurfaced and they could be a bigger problem than we think.

Joakim Noah is the heart and soul of the Bulls, viagra his energy alone can propel a team, viagra but do Jo-No fans need to brace themselves for the probable reality of Jo leaving Chicago?

Here’s the low down. He had actually been slated to start Monday night’s game against the 76ers, but decided to sit out due to knee soreness. Now normally, if a player has a little soreness we wouldn’t lose sleep over it, but this is a very telling season for Noah and his knees are the second worst next to Derrick Rose’s two completely reconstructed knees.

“You don’t plan on these things. I wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been feeling great up to this point, and it just happened. I don’t think it’s [anything] too serious, but it was definitely a situation where I had to be smart. I wanted to play tonight really bad.”

Another extremely important tidbit, Noah’s contract is up at the end of this season, he’s currently making $13.4 million and that seems a bit steep a price for a guy to come off the bench. Noah needed to regain his stature and prove to new Head Coach Fred Hoiberg he deserves his starting roll and his money. Otherwise, Noah could potentially be shopped around come the trade deadline in February because the reality would be the Bulls could lose Noah all-together during Free Agency this summer.

To top things off, the Bulls have TOO many big men. Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah and that list doesn’t even include rookie Bobby Portis. Basically it’s too many cooks in the Center/Power Forward position kitchen and not enough shooting guards. The Bulls need to unload one of them.

Noah hasn’t had the comeback season he had been hoping for, but it’s still early. Maybe coming off the bench wasn’t his thing, but his most memorable moment was elbowing a Hornets player. What happened to all those triple-doubles of seasons past? If his knees can get it together, Noah has  plenty of time to step up his game. Unfortunately, if Noah’s knees don’t cooperate, we could have a goodbye in our future.

It devistates me to think about Jo-No and all his messy-bun-swagger wearing a different jersey, but I think it’s safe to say Noah fans should prepare ourselves for potential NBA heartbreak.

 

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Let the gossip and rumors begin…it’s officially the countdown to the NBA Trade Deadline. With the NBA All Star break wrapping up this weekend, viagra sale NBA players and fans will now wait for the official NBA Trade Deadline that falls this Thursday, view February 21st. If terms like “Trade Deadlines”, “Salary Caps” and “Luxury Tax” mean absolutely nothing to you, then read on to learn about these important rules and benchmarks that govern the NBA and make this time of year so exciting.

The process of trading and negotiating for players before the deadline is complex. The NBA has a ton of rules and regulations that teams are required to abide by – it’s not as easy as picking two players and swapping them out.  But, as an NBA fan, it’s something you need to be familiar with to understand the overall strategy and actions teams take this time of year. I’ve cut through all of the rules and details to deliver the most important details with some real life equivalents. Take a look…

Trade Deadline: 

Real World equivalent: Tax Return Deadline – you gotta file those taxes before April 17th

  • The NBA’s trade deadline falls on the 16th Thursday of the season (usually in February) at 3 PM ET. 
  • Trades made past the deadline date and time are absolutely forbidden.

moneySalary Cap: 

Real World Equivalent: Your credit limit

  • Is the maximum amount of money an NBA team can pay the players on their team as a whole. The value of the salary cap changes on a year-to-year basis. Each year this amount is calculated as a percentage of the league’s total revenue. 
  • However, the NBA has a soft cap that allows for a team to exceed that year’s salary cap to re-sign their own players and keep support of that particular city.
  • The amount of money a player can be signed for is determined on how many years they’ve been in the league. 6 years or under $9 million or 25% of cap, 7-9 years is $11 million or 30% of cap, and 10+ years is $14 million or 35% of the cap – they would choose whichever is greater.
  • *Derrick Rose Rule* is a big rookie exception. This rule added in 2011 says if a player coming off his rookie contract started in two NBA All-Star games, was named to an All-NBA team twice, or voted MVP they are eligible to sign for 30% of the cap.

luxury taxLuxury Tax: 

Real World Equivalent: This tax exists in the general economy, it’s usually applied to purchases that are considered ‘sin’ purchases such as liquor and tobacco but can also be applied to luxury cars and jewelry, items that are not a necessity. Many immediately think of the Monopoly board game where the “luxury tax” card has a sparkly diamond ring but you have to give $75 to the bank.

  • The Luxury Tax in the NBA is essentially a fine. If you break the rules by paying players more than the salary cap, there are consequences. When a NBA team’s payroll exceeds a certain “tax level” (determined by a very complicated and boring formula) they are charged a Luxury Tax. The luxury tax forces teams to pay one dollar to the league for every dollar their payroll exceeds the tax level.

Trading Rules: 

  • Teams under the salary cap can trade as they please, as long as their trades don’t exceed $100,000 above the cap.
  • Teams above the cap are in a much stickier situation. They can’t acquire more than 125% plus $100,000 of the salary they trade away. So basically they have to be REALLY careful in any trades that they make.
  • If a team signed a free agent in the offseason they have to wait 3 months or until December 15th of that year to trade them away.
  • If a team picks up a player in a trade, they are allowed to trade that player immediately for another individual player.
  • To sweeten the pot teams also include other tokens in the trade deals – usually appealing draft picks.
  • ESPN’s Trade Machine is a great way to see if any potential trades are possible. It’s quick and easy, you just plug and chug. It lets you know why your trade would be possible or not.

NBATradeMachineESPN

Biggest Bulls Trade Rumors: 

With the Bulls exceeding the salary cap it’s very unlikely that they’ll be making any serious additions before the trade deadline. If anything, they’ll be looking to lose someone to give themselves a little wiggle room within their salary cap. Nonetheless, there are still some possible trades circling around the rumor mill.

  • Orlando Magic Shooting Guard J.J. Redick for Bulls Shooting Guard Rip Hamilton. Redick has been linked to the Bulls before – in 2010 he signed an offer with the Bulls, but the Magic countered it. Confirmed by HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy.
    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks
    source: Examiner.com
  • Toronto Raptors’ Andrea Bargnani for Carlos Boozer – however it’s unlikely any team would be willing to take on Boozer’s hefty contract. The potential deal could also include Nate Robinson for past Bull’s point guard John Lucas III. Confirmed by Chicago Tribune’s KC Johnson. 

All we can do at this point is wait and see what rumors surface before Thursday and which actually pan out. Check back in next week for a re-cap on what went down and who went where.

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Cubs for sale

If you’re paying any attention to the Cubs these days then you’ve probably heard something about the looming trade deadline as well as the swarm of Cubs names associated with it.  The Cubs have been on an up-tick lately winning 12 of their last 16 games, treatment but the reality is they will not make the Playoffs, and therefore, will begin selling-off their best players before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline – all an integral and confusing part of the big business of baseball.  Here’s what you need to know about the MLB Trade Deadline and the impact it will have on the Cubs.

What You Need to Know: 

  • The MLB non-waiver trade deadline happens every July after the MLB All-Star Break.  Teams that are in contention for the Playoffs must decide who and what they need in order to finish the season strong and make a run in the Playoffs.  Teams that look like they will not be making the Playoffs put players that are not on waivers up on the trading block hoping to get the most value from the best players.
  • Look for the Cubs to unload their two best pitchers, Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza in order to acquire several young pitching prospects from another team.  Prospects are players that are in a team’s Triple-A club and are waiting for the call-up to the Major Leagues.  The Cubs are willing to part with two of their best players because they realize that in order to rebuild and be a playoff contender in the next few years, they will need several strong young pitchers for pennies compared to what they are paying Dempster and Garza. 

    Matt Garza

  • Allegedly, Dempster and Garza have many suitors including the Playoff bound Yankees.  Teams that have been shopping include the Dodgers, Red Sox, Orioles, Angels, Braves and Indians.

    Ryan Dempster

  • Because there is no salary cap in baseball, unlike NBA and NHL, many smaller market teams cannot afford to keep their star players who demand bigger salaries each year, therefore, they trade them to other teams for younger prospects.
  • Pitching is critical to win championships.  Dempster is one of the best pitchers in baseball and will bring the Cubs the most value in a trade.

Your Take Away Piece:  “As much as I’d hate to see Dempster and Garza go, it’s what the Cubs need to do to complete the rebuilding phase that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been meticulously doing since coming on board this off-season.”

What’s Next: The trade deadline is July 31st so expect some major movement within the Cubs dugout before then.

 

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