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Old 07-05-06, 10:22 PM
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I need to ask a really stupid question...

First, let me say that I am sure this is a really elementary question to the vast majority of people here. In advance, I apologize for my basic knowledge of the rules.

Everyone talks about "Free Agent Signings." To me, that indicates the group of players whose contracts are up for renewal or about to lapse. The player is free to make his own decision which team he will join.

But we're not limited to only the free agents. Right? When we traded Rasho for Bonner and Williams, everyone still had time on their contracts, so none of these players were free agents. Right?

I guess what constantly confuses me is the "free agency period." The Spurs don't have to solely look at players who are free agents--we can contact any team about any player and say lets trade our player A for your player B.

I know this is a really stupid asinine question. I just wanted to make sure that I wasn't confused about things. When people say this is a weak free agent pool--in a way, that is a phrase that is deceptive because we are not solely limited to players whose contracts are nearing their end. We are free to trade any player at any time--is that right?

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Old 07-05-06, 10:34 PM
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The term free agent refers to a player who is not under contract with a team. Thus he is an agent that is free to sign with any other team he wants to.

When a team trades for a player, those players are traditionally under contract. It would be impossible (other than a sign and trade agreement) for a team to trade a free agent since they do not have contract rights to that player and thus have nothing to trade.

The problem with this off season is that there are no "great" free agents available. In past years we have seen players like Kobe Bryant and Steven Nash test the waters of the open market. This year we are seeing Ben Wallace and Nazr Mohammed. I think that fairly well sums up the problem with this years free agent market. All the good players are currently under contract.

Watch for next year's free agent crop, should be much more interesting.

Check this link from the NBA Player's Association for a much more detailed explanation of what a free agent is, including the definition between a restricted and unrestricted free agent:

http://www.nbpa.com/cba_articles.php
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Old 07-05-06, 10:37 PM
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Just to complicate things for you......There are 2 types of Free Agents. Restricted and Unrestricted.

Restricted Free Agents are free to seek and sign a deal with any team that they come to an agreement with. If however, that player's team decides that they will match the offer, the player must stay with his team.

Unrestricted Free Agents - Are just that. They are without any type of restriction to leave. Ben Wallace and Nazr Mohammed were unrestricted Free Agents. Bonzi Wells is also an unrestricted Free Agent.

Jeffries from the Wizards, whose name has been mentioned as a possible Spurs target, is a Restricted Free Agent. If the Spurs offer him a contract and he accepts, the Wizards may match the offer and keep him.
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Old 07-05-06, 10:45 PM
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The collective bargaining agreement makes trading a complicated thing. Teams pretty much have to match salaries, add the salary cap to the mix and it becomes quite a juggling act to get a trade done - thus the complicated 3 and 4 team trades have become more common. With alot of inflated salaries out there it is very difficult to get a serious impact player other than the free agents, provided you are under the cap. Whew, did that make any sense???
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Old 07-05-06, 11:17 PM
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I guess...I'm just glad I don't have a pop quiz on this stuff.

In a nutshell...we are trying to match salaries. We also want shorter contracts.

Nazr was probably our only real chance to make adeal if we could have signed him and traded him. Or possibly Brent Barry or now some people say Beno.

But like I said--we are not limited to only players with expiring contracts (these players choose us).

Now can you guys understand why so many of us are freaking out?

It seems like we've always been blessed with great role players. Players came to SA for quality of life and to win a ring.

Where are these guys now?
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Old 07-05-06, 11:20 PM
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It seems like we've always been blessed with great role players. Players came to SA for quality of life and to win a ring.

Where are these guys now?
Like everyone has been saying, the FA market is weak this year. Maybe we would have had more interest if it wasn't so weak.
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Old 07-05-06, 11:26 PM
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