Interesting, I came across this (a lot of you are probably already aware of it). New Orleans should be major players in the off-season.
New Orleans Hornets Team Salary
Name 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Rashard Lewis – X $13,765,000
Eric Gordon $13,668,750 $14,283,844 $14,898,958 $15,514,031
Ryan Anderson $8,700,000 $8,308,500 $8,491,500 $8,500,000
Anthony Davis $5,144,280 $5,375,760 $5,607,240 $7,070,730 $9,191,949
Robin Lopez $4,899,293 $5,119,761 $5,340,229
Matt Carroll - X $3,300,000
Al-Farouq Aminu $2,947,800
Jason Smith $2,500,000 $2,500,000
Xavier Henry $2,323,200
Austin Rivers $2,238,360 $2,339,040 $2,439,840 $3,110,796 $4,236,904
Greivis Vasquez $1,191,240 $2,150,188 $3,203,780
Roger Mason Jr. $854,389
Lance Thomas $762,195 $884,293 $1,148,163
Darius Miller $473,604 $788,872 $1,115,243
Brian Roberts $473,604 $788,872 $1,115,243
Guaranteed Total: $62,005,916 $33,457,332 $23,390,458 $8,500,000
Inclusive Total: $63,241,715 $42,539,130 $43,360,196 $34,195,557 $13,428,853
Sorry, Hard to read..
We've got some decisions to make. Roberts and Darius Miller are almost no brainers IMO, same with Lopez. I would personally bring back Thomas, but it by no means set in stone. The market will probably dictate X and Aminu, so we can't say until then. If we pick up the team option, that puts us somewhere around 42 mil, not including Aminu or X.
"Every fight is a food fight when you're a cannibal."- Demetri Martin
It will be interesting to see if Lopez is picked up but i'm sure he will be since his contract is actually very fair given his size and production.
Another elephant in the room is obviously Gordon and his future here. If they can swing a trade to a team and get another SG or SF here, then Aminu's gone and Rivers may switch permanently to the PG position. So many exciting possibilities for the next two seasons
Last edited by cjjr72984; 12-11-2012 at 01:37 PM.
I think we will let X walk. And it really comes down to how much they want to pay aminu to be a back up. If we can get 2 good players at the PG and SF positions, in either the draft or free agency, think of a bench of vasquez aminu smith ryno? (may be starting next year). We would easily have one of the best bench's in the nba.
With out Lopez and keeping Thomas, Roberts, and Miller, we are sitting at $37.461 million between 9 players. Add in Lopez, and we're up to $42.58 million between 10 players. Factor in 2 minimum cap holds to get the roster up to 12 guys (I'm assuming for around $750k a piece), and we have around $14 million in cap space. That is enough to offer a max contract to a guy coming off his rookie deal.
CP3!?!?! A guy can wish, yeah?
http://www.cbafaq.com/salarycap.htm#Q14A roster charge if the team has fewer than 12 players (players under contract, free agents included in team salary, players given offer sheets, and first round draft picks). The roster charge is equal to the rookie minimum salary for each player fewer than 12.
You also can probably decline the options on Lance Thomas and Brian Roberts and then resign them later with the minimum exception. The hold if you cut them will be just the $490k, so that all adds up to another million or so in cap space. If you cut Lopez for $500k you have $38.7M in payroll or roughly $19.5M in cap space, and if you keep Lopez you have $42.8M or roughly $15.5M in cap space. And there is speculation that the cap could increase from $58M to $60M http://www.hoopsworld.com/nba-am-who...space-in-2013/
Boy.... That's a lot of available cap dollars... I think our best bet is to trade Lopez for a young vet on a rookie contract still *cough* Bledsoe *cough*. I'd hate to just cut him outright if we end up needing the money. He is a very solid player on a great contract, and he should net a decent return in a trade.
Don't forget the salary of our upcoming lottery pick in 2013. Could be top 5-8.
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Our two top cap space eaters haven't played a single game for us.
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There is still another part of this that needs to be discussed- and that is the cap room of other teams. Having 15 million in cap room is much more valuable when nobody else has cap room, but if 12 other teams have that much room (or more), then what happens when there are only 3-4 guys on the market worthy of big $$$?
I will get into this more as my piece goes on throughout the season, but I covered some of that issue here:
I had no idea what will transpire, but I sense we will be pleasantly surprised before we go into next season....
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