dougthonus wrote: sco wrote:
It's a tricky situation for the Bulls, because to bid with cap room they'd have to make undesirable roster moves (I think probably cut Thad/Sato/renounce Lauri but maybe not all three). If you cut Thad/Sato then don't get Lonzo you really hosed yourself big time, so you then put yourself in tremendous jeopardy.
Renouncing Lauri strikes me as a no-brainer. Also, shouldn't they be able to trade Sato for a second rounder pretty easily? I'd let Lauri go regardless of Ball...that money is better spent elsewhere. Sato is a little trickier, but if we're not sold on him as our starting PG, how big of a risk is it really because if we don't get ball, we'll go after somebody else. Surely, Sato could fetch us a 2nd round pick. Honestly, I'd try to package Sato and White to nab a late 1st.
It's Sato/Thad that is tricky for the most part.
Lauri they can always QO him then renounce the QO, so there isn't much risk.
It would seem that there would be other options for clearing cap room. Renouncing Lauri would probably have to happen. Maybe renouncing Sato but not Thad. We could potentially stretch Aminu. I don't think stretching Aminu would have huge ramifications for us (3.4 million or so on the books each of the next three years, dead money), as we are shaping up to be an above-the-cap team in 2022-23 and 2023-24 (if not this next year) with Zach's likely extension. That would clear 6.8 million, whereas cutting Thad outright would only net us around 8.2 million extra cap room, as he is entitled to 6 million of his 14.2 salary next year if we don't bring him back.
I'm guessing someone in the league might want to take a flier on Troy Brown for free, which could potentially clear 5.2 million if need be. I would prefer to keep him if possible.
So, as a summary, to obtain Lonzo, I think I would probably be ready to renounce Lauri and Sato and stretch Aminu if that's what it took.
Meanwhile, I'd also be curious what people think are sign and trade scenarios that would actually appeal to the Pelicans. If Lonzo wants out, I think Coby would be pretty good return. It would require adding quite a bit more salary to satisfy the salary cap ingoing/outgoing rules, but we do have some more expiring salaries in Aminu and Brown.
Getting Lonzo is tricky, but doable.
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