Why Cleveland Cavaliers & Milwaukee Bucks Are Squeezing Restricted Free Agents Like Anderson Varejao, Sasha Pavlovic, & Charlie Bell
Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But consider that Cleveland continues to squeeze Anderson Varejao and Sasha Pavlovic. And now negotiations between Charlie Bell and the Bucks have gotten so ugly that the combo guard refuses to re-sign with Milwaukee-under any circumstances …
Right now, there’s one thing worse than the American mortgage industry: being a restricted free agent in the NBA.
Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But consider that continues to squeeze and . And now negotiations between and the Bucks have gotten so ugly that the combo guard refuses to re-sign with -under any circumstances.
"They told me they were going to take care of Mo Williams and that they would take care of me, but they haven’t,"
said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "I’m either going to sign an offer sheet with another NBA team, or I’m going to accept a great deal to play in . Bell
"I don’t want to go back to
. I’m really disappointed in how this has turned out, but I don’t see any way I could play for the Bucks again because my heart just won’t be in it." Milwaukee
There are a couple of reasons why restricted free agents are having a tough time. First, the entire free agent market is slow. No player, with the exception of Rashard Lewis and Mo Williams, received a homerun contract this summer. This has trickled down to restricted free agency. Second, teams are realizing you don’t build through free agency. They’ve seen
Varejao and Pavlovic are in a tough spot, while
Will Vaerjao and Pavlovic re-sign with
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