I was just listening to the Lowe Post, ESPN Grantland's podcast by Zach Lowe, and Lowe discusses a very interesting point about this year's Free Agency with his guest Brian Windhorst.
They talk about timing in relation to teams clearing capspace for particular signings. They mention that there are only a few teams who have $20m in capspace to sign a max deal, but there are many more with around $10-12m that have to make a move or two to create enough for Melo or Lebron. So, the Cavs might buy out Varejao as part of going after Lebron. Similarly the Clippers might wanna 'dump' Deandre Jordan in order do the same and maybe the Bulls make Gibson available or what have you.
John Wall's max extention, Webster's full MLE and of course the Manor disaster are all examples of Ernie's tendency to cook up a 'signed, sealed and delivered!' at the earliest opportunity. Heck, Blatche's extention was also at the earliest opportunity, with a year left on his old deal mind you, and of course he amnestied him within a year, so actually prior to the extention kicking in.... Ernie, of course, is also known for telegraphing his draft picks and just in general whenever something gets reported by the press it feels like more often than not, that' turns out to be exactly what Ernie ends up doing.
Now, Leonsis has already said that retaining Gortat and Ariza is their #1 priority and it scares me to death. Not only because I feel overpaying them hurts us in the out years of those deals, but to me it would be a complete disaster if we overpay them at the earliest opportunity, just because we pre-planned it and then completely miss out on benefiting in one way or another from really good players on better and shorter deals or on the waiver wire becoming available.