This is the last installment of Be the GM for now and maybe the most debatable or confusing as well. It's free agency. What makes this off season so hard is the fact we don't know who'll stay or go on our team. Then it's also the draft we need to worry about. I'll try to simplify this as much as I can. There are 6 or 7 players that have a possibility of leaving this team either as a FA, Opting out or Retiring. These players are if you don't know yet which I know you might do are Alan Andreson, Andray Blatche, Jason Collins, Kevin Garnett, Andrei Kirilenko, Shaun Livingston, Paul Pierce. I will give you the GM the scenarios you can chose from.
First scenario: You only can return 3 players. Who are they? Then you buy a second round draft pick. Who will be that pick? FA starts depending who you resigned and drafted you'll need to sign a starter or role player that's worth no lower than 5 million a year. That will leave you to fill in the rest of the roster with low cost players for the bench.
Second scenario: You bring back all the starters and sacrifice the bench to do so. In the draft you buy a second round pick leaving you with even less money to work with. Now you have to fill the roster with one year minimal deals when FA starts. That means players in their thirties, D-Leaguers, and players coming off injuries looking for a second chance.
Third scenario: You can only bring back Shaun Livingston out of your starters. Paul leaves for Boston and KG finally calls it a quits. That leaves you players with options which 2 will only return with a starting role or more minutes guaranteed. Who are they? In the draft you can buy a pick and trade a player for another but no higher than the 28th pick in the first round. What would you do there and who will you draft. Last but not least is to fill in the roster with minimum needs.
Last scenario: Let everyone walk and fill it in at anyway you want. Who would you bring sign to refill this roster? How long would it take to get to the playoffs and to a title?
These are your only options.Which one will you chose as the GM or do you have something else in mind? As reference to FA use this link to see who's available. http://hoopshype.com/free_agency_2014.htm Until next time I hope I have everyone who reads this really thinking like a GM to make our team better.This is green1us and I'm out!!!