KqWIN wrote:The problem with going the cap space route is that you're likely losing Clarkson as well. Whoever you sign in FA has to be better than Conley, Clarkson, + whatever draft compensation is needed to get off of Conley. Think that's very difficult to pull of.
I'd explore the Gordon+Aminu angle, then look at the overpaid 4/5's. Blake, Horford, Love ect.
Gordon + Aminu make almost as much as Tobias ($28 million vs. $33). Don't think that $5 million is the difference between retaining Clarkson or not, esp. since we have his bird rights (and the max he can be paid is $15 million). Plus Tobias is payed $1 million less than Conley.
Gobert $26/Bradley $3.5/Davis $5
Tobias $33/O'neale $8/Niang $1.6
Jingles $10.8/Clarkson $12/Tucker $1.5/Oni $1.5
The problem comes in subsequent years, obviously, but I think what happens is we pay one year of luxury tax then Joe expires and we are below it again (maybe this isn't the case). But as long as we have Rudy and Donovan, there will be ways to build a great team. I think the above, with the right targets with the MLE, is a championship contender.