By Shane Phillips @ShaneRantSports on July 7, 2014
I'm not sure if you have heard, but the 2014 NBA Free Agency market is perplexed insanity. If you haven't heard about it, then you must be living in the sub-Saharan jungles and forests of Africa or you are a citizen of one of the few nations left in the World Cup. The free agents available this summer have every GM drooling on their Armani suits, but here are five reasons why you do not want to be the first "royal" to sign.
It's simple. If you are the first one to sign, you set the bar for everyone else. This can be both good and bad. Whether you are Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James or Chris Bosh, you want to see what each other gets. You want to guarantee yourself that you are getting your worth, getting what you rightfully deserve and blah blah blah. Unless there is an "offer you can't refuse" on the table, you want to wait. Still confused? Wait a few more slides.
There is nothing quite like contract envy. It can make man do wild and crazy things, such as throw hissy-fits, eat too much candy and get spoon fed like Dwight Howard. Being the first to sign and then watch someone else sign a bigger, better contract can ruin some players' morale. Free agency is like a relationship -- take it slow. That's just another reason you don't want to set the bar.
The San Antonio Spurs proved that a supporting cast and team basketball prevail. They also proved that it's not three players who win a game or win a championship; it's 8 to 10 players, a full roster that gets the ring. All of these free agents must keep in mind the fact that many of these teams may not have cap space to acquire decent role players. Based on these past Finals, that's something to think about, Melo and James.
Once the first one signs, the rest usually fall like dominoes. If you think GMs and team presidents are stressed and anxious right now, just wait until pieces start falling and the market shrinks. That's when teams are more willing to give free agents exactly what they want because they are desperate to sign someone and desperate to keep up. The more pressure, the easier to crack and for the player to get their way.
You also have to keep in mind what happened in 2010 when similar events unfolded that summer. The free agent market was stacked and teams were licking their chops. Somehow, someway the Miami Heat signed three major free agents in James, Wade and Bosh. It's quite possible another super-combo or mega-deal is in the works. Wouldn't you hate to sign a max contract and miss out on the next big thing?
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