Well, I'm working on my infinity+one fanpost goal, so here goes.
The Rockets have surprisingly matched the ridiculous $6 mil/year contract that the Cavs offered Kyle Lowry, and I'm sure Cleveland is shocked. I mean, that's clearly way too much for Lowry, and the Cavs probably figured with their new-found cap space they could just overpay a somewhat young guy who wanted to start, just to lock him in because they had no other options. Darryl Morey, who's normally pretty level-headed and smart, had other plans. Maybe his other plans don't include Aaron Brooks in the future. I mean, who pays Kyle Lowry $6 mil just to back up the unquestioned starter? Brooks is a restricted free agent next year, and it's possible you could add his name to the scant list of PG free agents the Pacers may be after if they don't score someone via trade at or near the deadline this season.
How much would you pay Brooks? How much would it take to keep Morey from matching? Do you even want him?
Oh yeah, Shaun Livingston signed a huge deal (for him) with Charlotte, which effectively closes the door on all this hope that we could get something of value out of Ford, unless Augustin is back on the block. I liked Livingston, but never figured he was worth more than a two-year $5 million deal with an option, similar to the one Grant Hill signed with Phoenix two summers ago, and the Bobcats gave up $7 mil after he was good and healthy for basically three weeks of his recent career. Not upset Bird avoided overpaying for him, to be honest.