jbk1234 wrote:JonFromVA wrote:Stillwater wrote:Yeah I'm starting to get the feeling they may be looking to package him with another player... with on court value as incentive instead of just the limited market for Smiths salary savings. If they are going to take back large $ to get a draft asset or two
Good point, our #1 pick's are going to cost us something like $6M to $10M, and we're already up against the luxury tax; but we do have until the end of next season to get back under the luxury tax, so, there's a lot of ways this could play out:
1) We can trade JR for less money than his salary;
2) We can include cash in a trade to offset salary;
3) We can make a trade later in the season where we move an expiring for a less expensive but bad contract;
4) We can trade an expensive positive asset like Kevin or Tristan for a cheaper positive asset;
5) We can buy a player out or stretch waive a player;
6) Or ... we can just go over the cap and not reset the luxury tax this year.
The key is someone had better make it worth our while to deal JR ... we don't need to mess up our cap situation just to snag another 26th pick in the draft.
Yeah, it's needs to be a good pick so we can justify attaching that first to another player if need be to get under the tax. If not, just cut JR.
I guess we'll see what Koby does. I didn't like the fact that we gave the Lakers a #1 to help them dump Clarkson and Nance Jr. If we'd gotten their 2019 #1, we'd be pretty happy right now. But we still had LeBron back then and Altman was under pressure to do something to clean-up the mess he'd made and give us a shot in the playoffs.
But given all his options, he'd have to be incompetent to trade JR for a pick just to trade it away later to dump salary.