Fullcourt, on 31 July 2012 - 07:17 PM, said:
Think of it like an Ebay auction. The auction has a 'buy it now' option for $100 (knockout deal Henny is looking for), and the auction ends when training camp starts. The Lakers offer $25 (Bynum without extension) as their max bid. The rockets then trump that by making a max bid of 95 dollars. Since the Lakers offer was only $25, the Rockets then become the leading bidder at $27 or so. If another team were to come along and offer up $75, the Rockets offer would then increase to compete with the new bid.
If the deadline comes around and the Rockets are still the leading bidders at such a low price, Hennigan will either have to accept the offer or just pull the listing. If he threatens to do that, he might be able to squeeze out more of Houston, but those tactics would only work near the start of the season, which is why we are all now playing the waiting game.
To anybody that has bid on ebay (I spend about $50,000 a year there) your analogy is perfect! There is 2 parts that are missing though... 1 is "Buy it now or best offer". I have missed out on a few items that I really wanted by being cheap and making a best offer and while I'm waiting for a response someone comes along and does a "buy it now" and it's gone. The item was a great deal at the "buy it now price" but by trying to get it cheaper I lost out.
The 2nd one is the auctions that don't have a buy it now and the Lakers have bid $25, Houston bid $97 but only $27 shows, and at the last second a sniper comes along and bids $100 and steals the auction from both. We really don't know what offers other teams have made, only those that have been leaked.
I would also guess that there are at least a few teams that are sitting back watching all the trades and signings that are going down and evaluating if they had Dwight this year if it would give them a shot at a championship.
1 thing that I don't see ever happening (and hope it doesn't) is that Feganing Brokenfoot Lopez and his fat contract ever put on a Magic uniform.