The Sessions rumors have come back around. Now it is being reported that there are or were heavy conversations with the Clippers involving a sign and trade, at the same time the Knicks are reported to be nearing a deal. A quick glance around the internet forums tells me very few Bucks fans expect Sessions to go anywhere but NY. The biggest problem is the decision is really up to Sessions, and few are unsure why he would want to play behind Baron Davis, or with Dunleavy as his coach. I agree, Knicks will get him. Deandre Jordan is the player most talked about as being part of the deal. I would be on board with that, he has upside, and a chance to develop into a legit center, I feel that Jordan is a better prospect than anything the Knicks can offer.
Salary Cap and Luxury Tax
John Hollinger at ESPN has a interesting story breaking down the luxury tax now, and how future Cap droppings will effect the tax.
That’s only the tip of the iceberg. The big news is that it takes the luxury-tax level down with it. Teams are looking at a tax level of between $61-65 million next season. While some farsighted teams had been projecting such a state of affairs for a while, I’m told that as recently as April the guidance from the league was much more optimistic.
This is huge. People in every front office in the league has been talking about it, especially the ones that were caught off guard. Most of the good ones weren’t, it should be said; teams whose bean-counters follow the revenue side closely were projecting a decline in the salary cap for a long time, as I noted at the end of this story in February. (Incidentally, this is one of many reasons I don’t believe Billy Hunter’s bluster — some very smart people in front offices around the league were planning for this scenario several months ago.)
He goes on to mention teams that will really be in trouble as the cap continues to drop and throws out Miami as a team that will be unaffected.
The biggest winner of all, however, might be Miami. While several teams’ hopes of cap space were severely diminished by the projected salary cap dip — most notably New York’s sugarplum dreams of inking two max contracts at once — the Heat are unaffected. They have virtually no money on the books beyond this season and could add one max contract and another fairly expensive star, all while keeping Dwyane Wade.
As fans, we will hear the tax and cap mentioned as the reason for trades more than ever before.
Packers Family Night
As a sports fan in Wisconsin, the annual Packers Scrimmage is a near must watch event in the sports starved days of early August. The event which was once just a locally televised scrimmage, has morphed into an event geared around family. It is a great idea, give families a chance to experience Lambeau field and the Packers at a much more affordable rate. The problem was once again bad weather. Just before the scrimmage was to start, lightning forced a delay and all fans moved to the concourse. There they stood for a couple of hours before finally the game was called off. I live about 90 miles west of Green Bay and it was raining/lightening the whole time. There was no chance of getting that game started before 10 at night. The Packers should have been much quicker to just call off the game, I cannot even imagine how miserable it must have been standing around in the concourse waiting with all of those kids, eh. When I become a parent, and get stuck in one of these situations, I will most likely head for home. At some point you have to balance “Is it even worth it to stay, has the fun already been taken out of it”, with “We will stay and watch the game, no matter how long”. I would prefer to head home and grab the kids some ice cream or something to salvage the night.