The value for any commodity is based upon current market conditions. This is true for free agents, tubs of popcorn and even expiring contracts. But what is an expiring contract worth? I think its a lot less than was before the new CBA. For an expiring contract to be worth anything, you need a plan. I would have hoped that Dumars and company have a a whiteboard with every target's contract scenario on it so you can see when guys become FAs. Because an expiring contract is only as valuable as the next guy you are going to use it on. Was CV worth $20 mil for 4 3 games where he shot the lights out over the past 2 seasons? In the old CBA, talent was king. You could get a 16 oz. rib eye, and a side of grilled prawns and fill that out with grilled veggies. Today, value is king. Big spenders will find their hands tied and that will trickle down to the rest. It will become too prohibitive to overpay a player. As it trends in that direction, it will be easier for teams to retain their players. Players do not want to move unless its good money. As money becomes less of a factor, it narrows down to environment and team chemistry. As that happens, the value of cap space to chase those players also diminishes. Just think of it: What can you get for CV's contract? Sure its an asset but what is it worth now? I'm not a CBA guru so it'll be interesting to see what people have to say about its ongoing impact and if Dumars is on track or behind the curve.