Mock GMers who think buyouts are the solution to additional cap space take note: They are not always the answer especially when there are much better alternatives in most cases. In reality, buyouts should be used sparingly and for three these situations-- 1. to compensate injured players, 2. to get rid of a disgruntled player, or 3. to get rid of players who no longer have value, but still carry above average salaries. Whatever the case may be, because we are in the fantasy world, I have seen buyouts used for all sorts of transactions which I purposely chose not to name so as to not give Mock GMers any more bizzar ideas. Since this game is "reality fantasy"TM it's all admissible.
Three reasons to buyout
1. Compensate injured players. A few weeks ago Houston Rocket Mock GMs players got a blow when they realized fantasy center stud Yao Ming may miss the next two seasons. With news like that, Rocket GMs may have no choice but to construct a buyout to free up some cash for free agency in order to grab a replacement big man. Now NBA Rockets GM Daryl Morey may not have that luxury, but the fantasy Rockets Mock GM does. Is it a risk? Yes. It may be premature to act on something of this magnitude early in the offseason because ultimately you are talking about relinquishing Yao Mings' bird rights. The doctors may deem him okay and now you lost a center to save about 23 Million dollars or more you would have to spend to get him back. If I were a Rockets Mock GM I would hold off until I hear more news. Some definite players who fit this category are Cuttino Mobley, Matt Harpring, and Tracy McGrady with his bum knee. Even if he's back by the all-star game, his game is washed up in my opinion. I also want to use this time to say Grant Hill has also never made it out of the first round.
2. To get rid of the gloomy and disgruntled. Occasionally you get a player that's just not playing for whatever reason. Time passes and the situation isn't any better then when the last time it was visited. Players that fit this category were Stephon Marbury from a year ago, and Jamal Tinsley of this year.
3. To get rid of players who no longer have value, but still carry above average salaries. This is the most common reason to orchestrate a buyout. There are plenty of players who do not live up to their contracted value over the life of the contract and as a result, your team is stuck with that player for the next year or two. Jerry Stackhouse is a prime example as is Nazr Mohommed, Brian Cardinal, and Mark Madsen to name a few. Ben Wallace should also be considered in this group though he may or may not still be an active player since he is contemplating retirement.
Players that fit the three descriptions mentioned above are candidates for buyouts. The ones that should not be bought out are players that still hold trade value, but may not have a contract you like to account for. In this case why buy them out only to pay someone else the same money if not more? You are better off keeping your budget money and doing what GMs do best which is trade. Players that fit this category include Andrei Kirilenko, Kenyon Martin and Rashard Lewis. Overall use good judgment when proposing or accepting buyouts. Most of the time it's just a matter of making the extra effort in a trade proposal.
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