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If you are an NBA free agent, what factors would be most important in choosing a team to sign with?

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If you are an NBA free agent, what factors would be most important in choosing a team to sign with?

Assuming you are a top level player on the open market, which factors would carry the most weight in terms of selecting the team you would play for?

1. Money?
2. Number of years on contract?
3. Liklihood of team contending for title?
4. Players on team?
5. Coaching staff/style of play?
6. City team plays in?
7. Other factors?

Sure would be cool having NBA teams bidding for your services, throwing millions of dollars your way. I have to think that for most players, it's some combination of the above factors that determines where they decide to play. Which factors would be most important to you?

For me, they would all have a lot to do with where I'd wind up playing. Money of course is very important, but any player in demand will have enough money at his fingertips to enjoy a very nice lifestyle. I would certainly want to play on a team with a chance to win and a coach and system that would be well-suited for my game. To me, the city would be very important. I mean no offense to anybody, but I could not see myself spending my season living in a city such as Detroit. It would be so much more attractive to spend the winter in a city such as Phoenix or Orlando for example. I'm from the Chicago area and have been a Bulls fan my entire life as a fan, so as bad as the winter is in Chicago, it would be hard to pass up the opportunity to play in my hometown. Where do you guys think you would sign if you were a coveted free-agent, and what factors would have the most weight in swaying your decision?


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i think a contributing

i think a contributing factor is state taxes. i know texas has no state tax while oregon has something like a 10% state tax on high income earners.

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i dont care if im 19 or 40 i

i dont care if im 19 or 40 i wanna win every game, everything else is secondary to none

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lots to be taken into consideration

If I'm a veteran who has made plenty of money, then playing on a contender might be more important. But if I'm under 31-32 years old, it's gonna be about the money all day everyday. Coaches come and go, teammates come and go, you can be traded at any time. But that cash is the only gaurantee.

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I agree with you Maravich,

I agree with you Maravich, moneys always important but i'd always prefer to go in a city with nice weather, all year round, and somewhere thats truly fun during the offseason (Orlando, Miami, LA), but I wouldnt turn down the opportunity to play in the team I grew up admiring (for me, NYK), if a team like Minnesota offered me 5yr/55m & a team like Miami offered 5yr/50m, I would choose to go to Miami, but more of a mental reason...knowing that I wouldnt be happy in Minnesota for an extra 1 mill a year despite whatever situation each franchise is in, in terms of success

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i dont care one bit about

i dont care one bit about that , that is why people go on vacations

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All those factors matter

Money is definitely important, no matter who you are, it's hard to turn down extra millions. Everything else just fits into the category of being happy and comfortable. I'd want a long contract for financial stability and for the sake of the family. Also, I'd want to settle down somewhere nice because I hate moving and the kind of weather a city gets matters to me. The most important factor is: I want to enjoy playing basketball. For that, I'd want to have an important role on my team, good teammates, and of course, winning also feels good. Just like a job, I want to be in a reasonably positive mood when looking forward to work that day.

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It depends on my age. If Im

It depends on my age. If Im young, it would be alot about the success,marketing opportunities, and the amount of playing time I would get playing in the city. If I was older, it would be to go to a contender. Plain and simple.

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Players on the team

I would much rather play for the Celtics with Pierce and Garnett than in Indiana with Danny Granger and TJ Ford. That is the situation Marquis Daniels is in and he is likely to end up with Boston for much less money.

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I would go to NY. 5 year-50

I would go to NY. 5 year-50 mil.

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If at your 20's probably

If at your 20's probably about good market place with money...........But the older you get the wiser you become, thats why when 30 hits players usually would want to win championships......Me Imma Winner and i hate losing so i would love to be on a contending team, i honestly hate to lose, if you can afford a house and car and enough to waste on some of your own stuff then your set, and im opretty sure 100,000 is enough.......so a few million is a blessing

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agree with many

if im a young player coming into the league im all about money and where i play. i can care less about a title if im 21 playing in miami or LA. Jus playing and having a good time would be the main priority. bu tat the same time i see guys who are older are taking money and nice place 2 stay rather than playing 4 a contender. I mean look at hedo. he would have most likely had the magic back in the title picture the next few years had he stayed but he opted out to take more money and stay in toronto becuz his wife wanted 2.

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dont want to sound selfish but

id go with money and years automatically second. i understand that winning matters but why go to a team that is winning now. thats kinda jumping the bandwagon. money is something that if a team wants to pay you the most, they want you the most. im not saying sign a big one and end up like kg in minny but remember its a buisness and in buisness follow the money.

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I don't get why players want

I don't get why players want so much money. If i could I 'd try and win a title 10 times. I'd take less money so my team could go get a good player. Instead of wanting 20 million take 15. Then you have 5 more million to build on yiour team. And the difference between 15 and 20 is not a lot if you have it. Once u get to a certain point the money is just the same no matter how much it is.

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here's why I take the money

I've seen guys get traded who took less money to stay with the team. Make no doubt about it, basketball is a business, and the team will trade you in a heartbeat if they thought it would make them better. Of course I want to win and play in a nice city. But if I believe in myself as a player, then I should feel like I can make my team win. If an owner offers me more then anyone else, I feel like that's the ultimate sign of loyalty to a player. Plus with more money, you can take other things into consideration later in your career when you want to finish playing on a winner.

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easy to say

its easy to say when you watch them. but when you spend 7+ months being away from family, practicing every single day, you want what you are worth. running up and down 30-40 minutes a night and practicing even longer has its toll.

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funny how all you guys were

funny how all you guys were bashing Rubio for the non-existant '"i dont wanna go to Minny cuz its too cold"' statement that he never even said, and all of you guys are sayin i would wanna go to a city where there is nice weather and i can have fun in the offseason HAHA

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mikenike

One big difference though is that we are discussing free agents. If you are traded to or get drafted by a certain team, I believe you should just except it and work for your money. With that being said, I'm sure glad Kobe forced his way out of Charlotte.

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From an earlier post "if im

From an earlier post

"if im a young player coming into the league im all about money and where i play. i can care less about a title if im 21 playing in miami or LA. Jus playing and having a good time would be the main priority."

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true

the draft is where you are pickled not the teams. i bet you there are plenty of guys who do not want to go to the teams that got drafted. but they sign the contract. free agency is something different. the player has the power, the team only can convince them to sign.

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Playing Time

I'll take a Paycut if it means playing a good role I like. I don't want to be on a contending team, get a ring, and know I didn't do anything to help the team during the season.

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to me

i dont care about money. i just wanna win. 20 mill is good enough for me. and i aint gonna lie the only way i go to a team with minnosta weather is if they are winning team with good managerment. but at the end of the day im a south guy. so i need warm weather . so i wouldnt mind playing for the hawks, magic, heat , teams . for cheap.

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C.R.E.A.M

C.R.E.A.M

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Coach I can mesh with, style

Coach I can mesh with, style of play that fits me as a player, guaranteed playing time and some major paper.

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