Oh my. Below the fold.
- Lynx drop back to back games. (Fox Sports)
- Tolliver, Parker lead Sparks past Lynx. (USA Today)
- $800 trillion...with a "t"...dollars. (Naked Capitalism)
- Brandon Roy agrees to deal with Timberwolves. (Oregonian)
- Dark matter's tendrils revealed. (Nature)
- Nicolas Batum agrees to offer sheet with Timberwolves. (Ben Golliver, CBS Sports)
- The rotten heart of finance. (The Economist)
- The BE skinny on the Roy and Batum offers. (Blazer's Edge)
- Study: Fukushima disaster was manmade. (Bloomberg)
- Blazers have "nothing but contempt" for Batum offer. (Ken Burger's Twitter)
- Dust today, gone tomorrow. (Science Daily)
- Victor Claver to play for Blazers next year. (Elmundo)
- Barclay's ethic infects our culture. (Guardian)
- Minnesota considered a D-Will/Webster sign-and-trade. (A-Woj's twitter)
- Houston gives Jeremy Lin an offer. (New York Post)
Anywho, the Batum bit might get matched (it also might trigger a S&T) and Roy's knees (what's left of them) could explode, but for now: IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE!!!
Hat's off to Kahn if this works. I'll put up an actual basketball post about these two players in the next few days.
UPDATE: OK, after monkeying with the spreadsheet, something doesn't add up. Either the Webster buyout (or any Miller/Darko/Webster associated costs) have to be below $600k or Batum's 1st year has to be below $11 mil or this doesn't work with Roy getting the MLE. The Wolves need to have an MLE-sized buffer to make this work (and even then they'd zap everything on 2 players). Is it even legal to make an offer you can't follow through on?
UPDATE: It is completely kosher to make crazy offers that rely on additional moves. Either the Webster # has to be lower, the Batum # needs to be lower, or something has to give in order to make this work.