I've been reading all these expansion franchise threads and just seeing teams full of players that would likely be protected by their teams anyway (eg. Norris Cole, Kyle Lowry, Paul George, Landry Fields, DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari... "big3" i'm looking at you)
So i'm doing a mock expansion draft... and i want peoples opinions on who each team should protect/leave unprotected- if theres a good reason why eg. large contract, not in the teams future plans or out of favour, etc feel free to include your justification. If you feel a team would offer a draft pick to have a certain player not selected or to be selected (eg. clippers/bobcats trade in 2004 expansion draft) eg. the mavericks are a contender with a deep team and may want to ensure a certain player goes unselected but don't have enough protection slots to protect him and other assets.
Using the 2004 expansion rules the bobcats used (found here - http://www.insidehoops.com/nba-expansion-rules.shtml) Rules such as unrestricted free agents cant be protected, up to 8 players can be protected and teams must leave at least one player unprotected.
Show me your opinions
Thats a lot of work why don't we just do our favorite teams and see if people agree(if not they comment on who they would add), if your favorite team is picked already then pick another one to do.
I'll do mine NJ Nets
Our team sucks so i doubt any expansion team would really care for half ours player that we offer them
for the bobcats, as it stands now DeSagana Diop, Matt Carroll, Boris Diaw and Eduardo Najera are unrestricted, so they cant be protected, neither can Derrick Brown or Cory Higgins.
The Bobcats are rebuilding so Kemba and Bismack will be protected as will Tyrus Thomas (he's starting to show someimprovement past just athleticism) Byron Mullins, Gerald Henderson, DJ White, Reggie Williams, DJ Augustin
They'll leave Corey Maggette unprotected as he has a large contract which they won't mind losing, he hasn't been a large factor for them this season, isn't really in their future plans and it will force the expansion franchise to take on a huge contract if they want a bobcats player.
PS. the expansion franchise only has 66% of the league salary cap available for their salary cap, so big contracts are unlikely to be selected (for those who didn't know)
thats a better method. the available playerlist is usually pretty thin as far as game changing talent, so they will likely pick restricted free agents like Sundiata Gaines. Deron Williams and Jordan Farmer are currently unrestricted untl they sign their player options
for the bobcats, as it stands now DeSagana Diop, Matt Carroll, Boris Diaw and Eduardo Najera are unrestricted, so they cant be protected, neither can Derrick Brown or Cory Higgins
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