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Kevin Pelton outlines a plan for the Lakers to add LeBron James, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard this offseason.

For about a year now, NBA observers have been pointing to this summer as the time the bill will come due for the league’s irrational exuberance two Cole Hamels Jersey years ago, when teams spent wantonly after the league’s salary cap jumped $24 million thanks to new national TV deals.
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This summer’s situation contrasts with the past two years, when teams were spending heavily to keep up with the growth in the salary cap. Last season, free agents saw their salaries collectively increase about 3 percent. And in 2016, when the cap jumped, free agents got an incredible average raise of more than 55 percent.

As a group, my projections for this summer’s free agents show them providing around 240 wins above replacement player (WARP) in 2018-19. After factoring in the amount needed to fill out rosters with replacement-level players at the minimum salary, that leaves teams with about $1.75 million per WARP at the high end of projected spending, down to $1.15 million at the low end.

Having welcomed back Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler to their pitching staff within the past week, and Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda not much further back than that, the Los Angeles Dodgers now have an overabundance of candidates for their Week 14 rotation. Kershaw remained on a limited pitch count on June 28 but pitched effectively with what he was afforded, re-establishing himself as a top Week 14 play. Buehler didn’t pitch as well in relief in that same game, so there’s some question whether he’ll even make a start during Week 14. There’s a good chance the Dodgers will go with a six-man rotation for the week, but since they’re as apt as any team to use the 10-day DL to shuffle things, stay tuned and don’t assume multiple starts for any one of Johnny Oduya Youth Jersey their arms.

If you’re seeking lefty/righty matchups plays for the week: Harrison Bader (available in nearly 98 percent of ESPN leagues), whose Cardinals face four left-handed starters, is a .294/.368/.490 hitter against lefties this season. John Hicks (available in roughly 70 percent), whose Detroit Tigers face three left-handed starters, is a catcher-eligible, .348/.426/.522 hitter against lefties this season. Mitch Moreland (available in roughly 50 percent), whose Boston Red Sox face six right-handed starters, is a .291/.365/.570 hitter against righties this season.