View Full Version : Bird Rights

07-06-2008, 03:41 PM
Originally Posted by IamTurboman
We an "Bird rights" Andris, Buike, and Monta this off-season. That is why we have cap room. How "Bird rights" works is that you can go over the salary cap to re-sign your own free agents. That is why we need to sign a free agent (Brand, Maggette) or make a trade somewhat quickly, because if our (monta, Andris, Buike) free agents re-sign before we get an outside free agent we have no cap room. We can sign our guy's even if we are over the cap...we cannot do that to other teams free agents. That is why it is imperative to get an outside free agent NOW!


If this is the case then why is ESPN and others claiming that Atlanta cannot match a max offer on Josh Smith, or are they just saying they wont match a max offer. Do the bird rights apply to just certain players, and does it apply to both restricted and un-restricted free agents? Can anyone answer these questions?

07-06-2008, 06:30 PM
He has been with them for four years...so he should have "bird rights". I think it is the Hawks being cheap. Do you have the link from ESPN?

07-06-2008, 06:53 PM
I found the article. It says that the Warriors can offer more than the Sixers (not hawks)for Smith.

Also it says that if the Warriors go after Smith he would prefer to play for the Warriors who suits his style!


Also this is not a ESPN site...it is a Philly blog that ESPN linked to!