Here's a question for everyone. Do y'all think the 'Cats will exercise their option on May at the end of the season? Microfracture is a really hard surgery to come back from and May's work ethic and rehabing efforts have been questionable thus far. Personally, I think it takes May 12-15 months to be ready to play and even then, he will be in terrible shape and probably won't be able to play in an up tempo offense. Letting him go would be hard b/c he would have been such a huge waste of a draft pick, but keeping him and paying another $2.6 mil could be even worse for the team. In total, we will have spent $7.9 million on May if we pick up the option and probably only have gotten between 80-100 games out of him at best.
Some Salary Math:
- Next season we only have $45.7 mil in 'guaranteed' contracts (Richardson, Wallace, Okafor, Carroll, Felton, Morrison, Dudley, Davidson)
- I assumed Mek's extension to be $9.5 mil
- That leaves us with around $10.2 mil in cap space for 7 players, assuming $56 mil salary cap.
- Add a first round pick with a $1.5 mil salary and we are at $47.2 mil, or $8.8 mil for 6 players.
- Add a second round pick at $500k and we have $8.3 mil for 5 players, or $1.66 mil each
Suddenly, the Bobcats are in salary hell and somehow I didn't realize it before now. We have to hope to re-sign Hollins for a very low amount and still get good production out of him. Unless we make some trades and take on bigger contracts, we will be below cap at the beginning of the offseason and won't have an MLE to offer Herrmann and he is unlikely to take a early-bird contract (paying him only 130% of his old contract, or $2.57 mil) if he has a break-out season. Dunno what else to say but I still think we should cut our losses with May b/c that would give us even less to spend next offseason.
Last edited by TarHeelBorn : 10-09-2007 at 12:51 PM.