I think the big jump projected for next season is in part due to the new CBA. Adding extra players to both the regular roster (53 to 55) and the PS (not sure of the number but thought i heard 16) and the increased min salary for those same players.
Because of this i am sure it will turn out to be a similiar jump and not really give teams that big of a jump. Though i do agree that a couple of million should not stop Slay’s contract.
Unfortunately I don’t think it has anything to do with money. I think they would be looking to trade him even if he wasn’t asking for a new deal. MP just can’t deal with strong personalities in his locker room.
He probably doesn’t mind a strong personality, as long as the person with the strong personality is singing the coaches song. Not a conflicting one. After the new labor agreement is accepted, we’re going to see a whole lot of action. Everyone’s waiting for that.