Originally Posted by clipse
As of today, the players under contract are:
Ross (remains to be signed but definitely will, salary unknown)
James Johnson ($2,812,006)
Acy (unknown if the raps will sign at this point, perhaps insurance if Davis is dealt)
Amir Johnson ($6,050,000)
Without including the unknown salaries of Ross and Acy, the raps are on the hook for $43,887,481 next season.
A few questions:
Anyone know what the salary cap is? Do we have any trade exceptions?
I remember hearing BC say they had 11 million in cap space.
What moves can be made to improve this club (serious answers only please)?
My first thought is shed the salary of Jose and Davis (gives an additional $12,769,025)
If the right opportunity presents itself, perhaps use the amnesty provision on either Kleiza or Amir.
Since it's no secret the raps will go after Nash, hopefully sign him to a 3 year deal in the range of 24-28M between 8-10M per year (wishful thinking, probably going to get him at 10-12M per year).
Someone posted on another thread a S&T with the Suns of Jose and Davis for Nash, which would be the best case scenario. That would still leave us around 11M in cap without having amnestied anyone.
Then either keep Bayless or go after George Hill for 4-5M (not sure what the qualifying offer was to Bayless, but I'd take Hill over him ANY day of the week) with another 6-7M for a starting SF. If that isn't enough, then use the amnesty and get more talent.
I'm looking forward to how the roster will take shape, and will surely get tix for next season (especially if we play OKC on a weekend!!!)
Edit: Someone also brought up Jose and Davis for Deng - which would be the SF we'd be looking for to space the floor alongside Nash. Either way, if we flip Jose and Davis for either Nash or Deng (assuming his wrist isn't messed up) would be solid!
#1. Ed davis is not a salary you look to shed.
You have a quality rotation player with good potential making 2 million.
The two guys you would want to consider in a dump (aside from Jose) are Kleiza and Amir.
The raptors currently have $41 million committed in salary for next season.
Plus they will have to sign Jonas, Ross and I would think Acy.
Jonas is slotted at 2.812mil, Ross at 2.136mil and Acy 850K (I believe).
Plus we have extended a qualifying offer to Bayless of 4.165mil. He may end up making more (doubtful) or less if he decides to take more years at a lower number (possible). But assuming he is at that number that is about 10 million extra. Also Solomon Alabi has a team option for 890k. No indication yet if they will resign him but it makes sense because you have to fill the roster and that is a cheap way to fill the end of the bench.
Brings our total salary to 52million. The cap is believed to be 58million so we only have 6 million left.
I heard BC on the radio today say he was considering using the amnesty on Jose. That would mean we would have 16.5million in space. Bc said 22 million without Jose but he must not have been counting Bayless, Acy and Alabi.
I would definitely try to sign and trade Jose for Nash but it doesn't leave a ton of space either way (amnesty or trade) after Nash. At best they can get one mid-level player. I still expect them to try and trade for Deng or Iggy but I don't think they can offer anything sexy enough. Chicago drafted teague but they still may be willing to take Jose for 1 year if we through in some other assets (first rounder + demar?), but then we don't have the space for Nash.
So basically I expect plan A is to get Nash and a marginal sf, plan B is Deng and marginal PG.