People forget how young our guys are though. It’s very rare for a 19 year old to come into the NBA and be a great player right from the start. Of course unless you are Kobe or Lebron. Steph Curry didn’t perform at an all start level until he was about 24 or so his 3rd year in the league. I’d like to keep Russel, Randle, Ingram, and probably this years top pick together because the cieling coupd be very high with that group of guys.
There is a clause for players called their “Bird Rights”. So for example Cousins got traded to New Orleans, so New Orleans now hold his Bird Rights and they can offer him the same money. If he leaves his max contract can only be $125m instead of $200m if he stays. We’ll see what happens woth Free Agents now, but the feeling around the league is that everyone is going to stay put, sign contracts and then force trades if they are unhappy.