Def Swami wrote:Some interesting speculation on the Bill Simmons Podcast by Bill Simmons. Claims that D'Angelo Russell will be in Orlando if Kyrie Irving ends up in Brooklyn. So here's to hoping Irving picks Brooklyn?
Not sure there's any other way for Russell to land in Orlando. Would take some cap maneuvering by the Magic, a max contract by the Magic, and the Nets being okay with not matching. Or the Magic and Nets work a S&T. AG for Russell is the most obvious one that may work.
Let Vuc and TRoss walk, waive/buyout Moz and then work a trade for Fournier would clear some cap-space.
One option would be to trade Moz to a team that can just absorb his contract and then throw in a protected first rounder to entice that team. I still don't think that is enough to get Russell. With the cap holds for Vuc and Ross, I think we are around 100 million, putting us 9 million under the cap the projected $109 million cap. So we would still have to relinquish the Bird rights to one of those two guys. If we sign Russell, that means we can't go over the cap to sign the player whose Bird rights we relinquished, thereby making them goners.
Another option would be to get a team with cap space to take Fournier from us in exchange for a less protected first rounder AND stretch Mozgov. If we got rid of Fournier's 17 million, that gets us to 9 million under. Stretching Mozgov's 16 million clears an additional 10.6 million from 2019 (still on the hook for 5.3 million). So that gets us to 19.6 million. This still requires us to relinquish Iwundu, Grant, Martin, Birch, and Jefferson. However, minus the the salary of the sixteenth pick, we are at 16 million.
There is a third way to do this. Combine Fournier and DJ to the team eating our salaries. That easily gets us over. If we threw in the 16th pick as enticement, that gets us almost 30 million under the cap (after stretching Mozgov). That would be enough to sign DLo and a little extra to refill the roster (not sure if we get the MLE in this scenario).
If we really wanted to remake this team, I think letting Vooch go, trading Fournier to a team with cap space, and stretching Mozgov would be our best bet. This scenario makes sense if we think Bamba and Birch are the future. We would create a **** ton of space in this scenario. I think around 35 million. That gives us enough to sign Russell and fill out the roster, while keeping DJ.