Why teams are placing less of a premium on cap space, and what it could mean for team-building moving forward
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But what has become clear in recent years is that teams are growing significantly less interested in making the sacrifices that are usually necessary to create cap space. They don’t want to waste seasons by refusing to give players long-term deals, and agents don’t want to let them. They don’t want to let their own free agents leave for nothing when they could be kept to support their major additions, and the convergence of all of the factors discussed above means that they no longer have to. If teams no longer need to use cap space to get the best players, they aren’t going to invest the time and assets it takes to create that cap space, and if that cap space disappears, the entire player-movement ecosystem as we know it is going to have to adjust.
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