I don't understand how anyone can be so sure we will get anybody in free agency.
The new CBA is built to basically stop player movement.
For example everyone seems to be so enamored with DeMarcus Cousins:
With the new CBA, He can sign the new "super max" contract extension worth 207 Mil. He can command up to 35% of the cap space even if the kings have no cap room.
If he comes to us, we can only sign him for 4 years and he can't command that same cap space.
Nobody is leaving 70 mil on the table to join a "brand" nobody.
And being traded doesn't help either. Say they trade DeMarcus to us, we can't give him that new super max extension. It doesn't apply to traded players.
Free agency will be boring unless the player absolutely wants to leave.
On face value, it would seem as if it would be extremely difficult for teams to acquire free agents or do trades for players who decide to re-up with their current teams. However, creative GM's can still find a way especially if the superstar who re-ups with their team no longer wants to be part of their team.
According to an article by an NBA columnist, it would be wiser for teams to seek a trade AFTER the player re-ups so that the player being traded is still guaranteed his new contract under the terms of the new CBA. This is the work-around for agents to ensure their client will maximize his financial future even if he is traded. At the same time, the team he is leaving won't lose the player for nothing because the sign-and-trade transaction would net the team considerable assets.
Under the new CBA, it is expected that you will see a lot more SIGN-AND-TRADE deals than we have seen in the past, especially when it comes to offseason free agency.