NBA free agency is supposed to be measured and precise, evidence-based and detail-oriented.
But we’re past all of that now.
Instead of meticulously studying the ramifications of cap holds, qualifying offers and partial Bird rights, we’ve reached the point of the offseason for wild, “what’s it all mean?” speculation. Because while free agency itself is all about exacting financial management, the aftermath is more fanciful. And since we won’t have games to prove or disprove theories for three months, it feels liberating to get imaginative.
The word “irrational” is in the headline here, so you know we’re going to stretch the bounds of credulity. But within every recklessly bold leap, there’s at least a morsel of truth.
So while all of these conclusions will require suspension of disbelief, a few of them may turn out to be true.