Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the latest victim of NBA restricted free agency
Van Gundy’s rash move may have been foolish we’ll see how Caldwell-Pope pans out, but renouncing valuable players you could still extract value from is usually a bad idea but it had a huge impact on how the player’s summer will wrap up. There are two routes: A one-year balloon contract with a team preserving cap space for 2017 (hello, Lakers) or a more reasonable, closer-to-market-value multi-year deal (perhaps with the Hawks).
Getting out of restricted free agency has its benefits. But Caldwell-Pope’s foray into the market was damaged heavily already. What a weird system.
There’s good and there’s bad, one agent who recently had a client sign a two-way contract told me. On one hand, when teams are looking to make call-ups, you’re locked into the one team. But on the other, if the team really likes you, you have to do anything you can to get your foot in the door.
It cements in place the opportunity to have guys in a development situation where they really are connected to the NBA organization and affiliate organization, Kent Lacob, general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors, told me. It really provides more synergy and opportunity for guys to be integrated into both. I think that aids in the development of not just improving as a player, but specifically catered to the system, and the culture, and the team that they’re with.
Likewise, Rio Grande Valley Vipers head coach Matt Brase told me he sees the two-way contract as an awesome new addition.
Last year’s free agency was centered around whether Kevin Durant would stay with Russell Westbrook or bolt for the Bay Area. This summer, on the other hand, has a wider variety of players that can make moves and create the chaos NBA fans long to see. While Durant is again a free agent, it’s known he plans to re-sign with Golden State, so we can’t expect much drama there.