Teams that will never get big time players to come play for them.
There seem to be some teams that just get players to come play for them.. Its almost like players "want" to go to these teams.. These are just some teams that will never get a big time FA to come play for them.
LA Clippers - Baron Davis was an exception but he only came because he thought that Brand was going to be there and they could team up to end the curse.. What kind of big name player wants to go play in the Lakers basement?? Why would you want to be second fiddle to another team in the same city?? I dont care how big the city is, that isnt fun..
Milwaukee Bucks - Its nothing against the city, but there isnt really anything that pulls people there.. Yea, they are the beer capitol of America or something but that doesnt intrigue many people.
Toronto Raptors - Great players dont go to Canada and be great.. If anything, players come from Canada and are great.. Look at guys like Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady.. Go to Canada, get good, then come back to America..
Name some more and reasons why..
Utah - Lotta white people. I've been to some Jazz games where I didn't see a single non-caucasian person. Sad because it's a great city with awesome basketball culture and very devoted fans. They got lucky in the summer of '04 when they overpaid Boozer (6yrs/$70) and Okur (6 yr/$50 million after averaging 9.6 points) and both turned out to really fulfill their potential, making it as far as the conf. finals in '07.
Minnesota - The Siberia of the US. Not especially attractive.
Raptors - Players have apparently expressed their not wanting to play their which is sad because like Utah it's a great city with great fans.
Memphis Grizzlies - Always finish near the bottom in attendance and simply never win.
Raptors and Minnesota are the teams for me.
It would be nice if these teams could get some hometown stars.
Milwaukee Bucks? They have Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut, what star wouldn't wanna play there? Remember some kid named Ray Allen? Hmm... What about another All-Star like Michael Redd? The only reason they weren't in the 2010 Free Agentpalooza was because they had Michael Redd, if not, I'm sure LeBron or Dwyane would have loved to go there.
That would be an ANIMAL team. Throw in Delfino, Maggette, Thomas, Ilyasova, CDR?
Oh yeah but is that them Better than the Heat team right now?
Thats good talent, but still...
The reason noone wants to go to the Clippers isn't because they are second fiddle to the Lakers. The reason is because their owner is notoriously cheap. He even is open about how making money is his number one goal, not winning. Clippers has a promising line up (at that time) of Brand, Odom and Miles but blew the team up once it came time to pay them. Why would a player want to go there knowing that the team will never put out the cash to give him a proper supporting cast? Side note: the Clippers are one of only like 3 teams to be under the lux cap every year in the past ten.
Also a lot of teams can be hurt by the lack of marketing. Bosh got the Raptors to the playoffs, but how many nationally televised games did Toronto get? Lebron got 30+ and so did Kobe.
Who would you take?
and odds are, if James never went to Miami, neither would have Howard, Ilgauskas, or House.. Savvy vets who just went to win a championship or 2.
Dude.. Didnt Ray Allen leave the Bucks?? Jennings, Redd, Allen, and Bogut were drafted, not signed.. I am willing to bet that Jennings will leave one day. The Bucks are not an attractive team.. I wish we could call Wade and James and ask them if they ever considered the Bucks.. You cant say that the Bucks were not an option because every FA that was worth talking about was open to a Sign and Trade with their teams.. The Bucks werent mentioned because nobody wants to play there..
You describe Milwaukee as a boring city, if that's the case who wants to play in....
-Indiana (Yet they were title contenders for years)
-Washington (Their big 3, Arenas, Butler, Jamison, when healthy were a top team in the L)
-Phoenix Suns (Yet they were the most exciting team in basketball)
-Sacramento Kings (Title contenders for years)
Last but not least:
Boring city, yet it seems as if championships are coming their way.
No, because the Bucks were busy doing their own thing and they didn't want to get caught up in all this fantasizing just as the Clippers, Nets, and Knicks did.
Ray Allen was traded after 7 1/2 season.
LMAO to the guy who said James would consider Bucks if they had money. To say DC, Phoenix and Sacramento are as unattractive as Wisconsin is pretty ridiculous. The Bucks offer one of the 2-3 least attractive cities in the NBA.
Your not getting it.. Indiana was good because of who they drafted..
Washington is a good place to play because of the Whitehouse.. People want to be near that stuff..
Pheonix is a great city in an area that has great weather and yet again, great FAs dont go there..
People love to play in California dude...
Last but not least..
OKC had drafted great players and put them into a position to win...
You have to take into account that players who are drafted don't count. Also, Milwakee has a promising team and the players on the team are always the most important recruiting tool, along w/ money. Location is third. The Bucks will have Redd's money to spend at the end of the year and players like playing for teams that win, so they are in a good position.
Rat Allen didn't leave the Bucks,they traded him along with Kevin Ollie,Ronald"Flip"Murray and pick(that turned into Luke Ridnour) for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason.
Indiana, Milwaukee, and Minnesota would be the least attractive cities to an NBA star IMO. Look at the list of free agents that these guys have signed over the past few years. All of the great players to come from these franchises either have been drafted or traded to the team.
theres really never been a big big free agent to go to the pistons...maybe thats why dumars decided to sign Ben Gordon and Charlie V.
T-Mac went their and he thinks he's a star.
I hope your not insinuating tha nba players are prejudice against white people.
Cleveland is the most boring city.
Aside from LeBron, Cleveland has never even had any hype. Neither on a draft prospect or on signing a good free agent.
Atleast Milwaukee (Allen, Redd, Bogut, Jennings) Minnesota (KG), Raptors (VC, T-Mac, Bosh, Bargnani) those cities atleast had some good hype at some point. Clippers are happy with Davis, Gordon, Kaman, and Griffin.
Cleveland has never had a chance to actually be happy, aside from the last 7 years but for them to be happy, they needed to have an absolute prodigy 18yr old and he's considered one of the greats by now.
I don't know why Toronto is on this list. Players don't come here because we haven't won consistently for any big name guy to want to come here. Toronto is a much better city than half of the other teams in the NBA. Once the Raptors start winning you guys will get away from your ignorance.
Well, having lived in Sacramento my whole life, I'm aware that Vlade Divac is the highest profile free agent signing for the team... and they had to overpay for his services, too. The ESPN future power rankings listed Sac as, I think, the 4th or 5th least desirable market.
I'm hoping, however, with Tyreke and DMC, plenty of cap space, favorable weather and what most consider good management, the Kings will have a shot at a top-level free agent someday soon.
Sorry, I did not mean to insinuate that NBA players are prejudice re: my comment about Utah having an incredibly dispoportionate about of caucasians, but it is the most homogenous and uniformly religious state in the country, meaning it has the potential to scare away anybody.
Toronto because of tax reasons more than anything
Clippers because of the stigma of the franchise (they are cursed)
One thing i cant understand is that a ballplayer makes a career decison with the nightlife of the city being a factor.