dougthonus wrote:ChettheJet wrote:Do we strip down enough to offer him the $100 over the 3 years it says
I mean if Lonzo Ball is going to cost you $20M for 4-5 years isn't Paul for less a better option?
$33M a year really isn't that much and it's honestly only $56M over the 2 additional years added onto his $44M for next year. I would think he would opt in and go for free agency the following year and get the same 3 years. He doesn't appear to be in decline.
Vucevic, Lavine and Williams stay and they release Arcidiacono, buyout Young and Satoransky, Animnu for a SRP. That's $33M. I don't know the intricacies of trading for an exemption.
That's before any possible deal with Markkanen or moving him.
You've got Brown and Dotson under contract, maybe resign Theis and Temple
Really, really low odds of Paul maintaining his current level for two more seasons let alone three. Pretty good chance we see notable decline next year.
You won't be able to keep Theis or Temple in this scenario as you will need to renounce their cap holds. You might be able to get Temple back on the room MLE as a FA though. Doubt someone takes on Aminu for a 2nd rounder either, but you never know.
Even if he does maintain the productivity his body always seems to get run down come playoff time. It would be more of a move for mentorship, leadership and taking the next step in the teams progression but not a move that would take them over the top (unless they got a superstar as well).