Originally Posted by franchize
That's exactly what I'm saying.Didn't the Melo trade teach you anything? Teams don't want to lose players to free agency.Even if they don't get traded.They're Free Agents! Free Agents = available
Yeah but Restricted Free Agents are a whole different situation to Unrestricted Free Agents.
Take for example Carmelo Anthony and March Gasol.
Carmelo Anthony would have been an unrestricted free agent this season because he is coming off of a contract that wasn't his rookie contract. Since it was well known by the Nuggets that he wasn't coming back as a free agent, they traded him because they didn't want to come up empty handed.
Marc Gasol is going to be coming off his rookie contract so he is a Restricted Free Agent. If any team sends Marc Gasol an offer and he accepts, the Grizzlies have the option to match the offer and get him back over the other team.
I believe before you stated that Marc Gasol is available because he's going to be a FA. If Marc Gasol was an Unrestricted Free Agent you would be right about him being available, but since he isn't the Grizzlies can keep them if they want to.