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Indiana Pacers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a modest best-possible addition for the Indiana Pacers when looking at the free-agency landscape.

At least two-thirds of the league will be operating over the cap. nike cheap nfl jerseys Among the 10 squads, give or take a couple, that can chisel out significant room, most won’t use it. Rebuilding teams like Atlanta, Brooklyn, Dallas, etc. could holster their flexibility for 2019 and beyond or try leasing out their space for pick-and-prospect goody bags.

The Pacers, meanwhile, are carrying more than $30 million in non-guaranteed contracts. That alone, technically, leaves them flush. They’ll have more breathing room if Thaddeus Young declines his player option.

General manager Kevin Pritchard could take this opportunity to double down on Indy’s 48-win campaign with a bigger, more expensive name. He could drive up the price tag on restricted free agents like Aaron Gordon and Jabari Parker.nike nfl cheap jerseys  Or he could test the loyalty of certain veterans from contenders. Think along the lines of Trevor Ariza and JJ Redick.

Pritchard and the Pacers can do all that. But they won’t. As the Indianapolis Star’s J. Michael underscored following the Pacers’ exit interviews:

“Although there’s a lot of built-in flexibility on the roster with two player options and two team options for next season, four players with only partial guarantees of their salaries and one with a non-guaranteed deal, the Pacers will be careful nfl nike jerseys cheap china with team chemistry and not shake up everything just for the sake of doing so for name free agents. If they make significant changes, it’ll be for more than talent. It’ll be with fit.”cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

Caldwell-Pope presents a nice, if slightly experimental, fit. Look past the junky pull-up twos, and he’ll complement Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo. He pushes the ball after defensive rebounds, can initiate pick-and-pops and is familiar with working off the ball. He hit more than 40 percent of his spot-up threes with the Lakers.

Slotting him at the 3 costs the Pacers some size, but the frenetic energy of a nike jerseys nfl cheap Collison-Oladipo-KCP troika will do some damage in the East. Equally paramount: Caldwell-Pope shouldn’t command anything near his 2017-18 salary ($17.8 million) if he signs a multiyear deal.

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Houston Rockets: LeBron James (Player Option)

Surprise!

Not really.

LeBron James-to-Houston chatter has permeated the rumor mill all year. cheap nfl nike jerseys from china In case you were wondering, it won’t stop now.

Sources told Rockets Wire’s Kelly Iko that Houston will give chase to both James and Paul George (player option) this summer. And Chris Paul may already be recruiting his co-captain of banana boats everywhere, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

Don’t go muting the phrase “Eastern Conference” in your Twitter timeline just yet. Houston has a long way to go before James Harden is teaching LeBron the secret of (regular-season) step-back threes.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Flat-out signing James is off the table. Paul needs to accept a massive discount after the Rockets clear the decks for that to make any sense. Even then, the salary-cap gymnastics aren’t in their favor.

Negotiating a sign-and-trade is equally implausible. Houston would be hard-capped after the transaction, which means its payroll cannot exceed the luxury-tax apron—set for $6 million above the initial tax line. Good luck doing that while nfl cheap jerseys nike  paying Harden, James, Paul and Clint Capela (restricted) market value.

Opt-in-and-trade scenarios are the Rockets’ bread and butter nfl nike jerseys for cheap . If James picks up his player option, which pays him a smidgeon more than his actual max salary, he can force Cleveland to make nice with Houston.

That gives way to a different set of hurdles—mainly the Rockets’ sweetening the deal enough for the Cavaliers or a third-party helper to take back Ryan Anderson (two years, $41.7 million), Nene (two years, $7.5 million) and filler. But James, nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap as always, will have the leverage necessary to wish it into existence. And if any front-office executive has the workarounds in place to get this done, it would be Houston’s ever-active Daryl Morey.