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BG= 5/55

CV= 5/35

I think both of those are reasonable and I don't think Joe paid TOO much for either. I don't think either Lee or Millsap would have come for 7, so I think getting CV is a nice move.

Anyone know officially how much cap room is left?

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BG= 5/55

CV= 5/35

I think both of those are reasonable and I don't think Joe paid TOO much for either. I don't think either Lee or Millsap would have come for 7, so I think getting CV is a nice move.

Anyone know officially how much cap room is left?

Right around 4 million

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I like Powe. But he wont be back from his injury until at least mid-season. Most likely he will recover fine, but its hard giving a long term deal to someone with a blown out knee.

Completely forgot about the injury.

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What about taking a flyer on a guy like Shelden Williams or Robert Swift with a low cost contract as a backup C, both are relatively young and unrestricted.

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What about taking a flyer on a guy like Shelden Williams or Robert Swift with a low cost contract as a backup C, both are relatively young and unrestricted.

I'd rather have Erickk Dampier than Robert Stiff...er Swift. Also, I'd rather have Kwame Brown than Erickk Dampier.

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BG= 5/55

CV= 5/35

I think both of those are reasonable and I don't think Joe paid TOO much for either. I don't think either Lee or Millsap would have come for 7, so I think getting CV is a nice move.

Anyone know officially how much cap room is left?

Assuming those numbers are right (I have heard higher for both, I have heard CV's 5th year is a team option, etc.) this is how it breaks down.

Gordon 5 years @ $55 million


[B]Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Total[/B]
$9.475 $10.233 $10.991 $11.749 $12.507 $54.955

CV 5 years @ $35 million


[B]Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Total[/B]
$6.034 $6.517 $6.999 $7.482 $7.965 $34.997

So according to the best info I can get, the Pistons were at $39.002 million commited with Fabricio Oberto on the roster. They cut him and by doing so, only had to pay $1.9 million of his salary. That frees up $1.6 million in cap space, bringing their new number to $37.402.

Now we have to deal with rookie salaries. Austin Daye is the only guranteed contract in our draft class. NBA slots all 1st round picks to a rookie salary scale. The second he is drafted that is his cap number. You can sign him to +20% of it or -20% of it. But either way, his cap hit is that number assigned by the league. This year, the #15 pick is slotted to make $1.398 million. So adding that to our salary cap number we come up with $38.8 million in committed salary for this year.

Just so nobody has to ask about the second round picks, here is how their salary works. Unlike first round picks, there are no salary slots for 2nd round picks. In fact, if a 2nd round pick is thinking about going to Europe, a team might actually pay him more then a late first round pick to keep him state side. You are also allowed to go over the cap to sign 2nd round picks. So the Pistons will finish up their summer free agency, any trades and what not before they sign one of the 2nd rounders. Meaning, we do not have to worry about them for this summer.

So you take the committed cap number, add Gordons $9.475 and CV's $6.034 and you get $54.309 million committed. The cap is at $57.7 million for this season. So by all my crazy math and complete guessing, I predict the Pistons will have about $3.39 in free cap space when all is said and done.

Actually, I just looked and we only have 11 guys on the roster after BG and CV sign. And the NBA has this rule:

Celtics' Salary Cap Situation and FAQs: 2009*Edition - CelticsBlog

teams must have 12 players on their roster; for every player less than 12, the team is charged a "cap charge" equal to the rookie minimum salary ($457,588 in 2010).
So our $3.39 million just became $2.93 million. But I would love for anyone to check my math/numbers. I'm sure I made a mistake somewhere.

TLDR version: $2.93 million in remaining cap space.

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With McDyess of the table. I think we'll hold onto the bulk of the four million to perhaps take back any extra "bad" contracts in a trade. If we need to spend it, I would advocate taking on a young player like Williams but also grabbing an older veteran as well.

Some unsavory possibilities are Jamaal Magloire and Theo Ratliff

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My buddy who is a Mavs fans insists the rumors he is hearing down there is Dampier for Rip Hamilton may be something that happens. I'm not sure how legit or how much sense it makes. I went and looked and Dampier is due 10 Mill in 2009/10 and then 13 in 2010/11.

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My buddy who is a Mavs fans insists the rumors he is hearing down there is Dampier for Rip Hamilton ...

Mavs fan wishful thinking.

Joe's not that stupid.

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Mavs fan wishful thinking.

Joe's not that stupid.

Actually, its not that stupid. Im posting this quote because its hilarious and it shows Dampier has a team option for 10-11.

Chris Sheridan: Dead money and cap ballast - ESPN

During a casual conversation with reporters during Team USA's camp in Las Vegas in the summer of 2007, the discussion was about the new NBA trend toward fiscal responsibility. "Damp ruined it for everybody, eh?" said Kobe Bryant, who can opt out of his own deal this summer or next summer but who said during the recent NBA Finals that he could not envision playing for a team other than the Los Angeles Lakers. Dampier also is owed $13.08 million for 2010-11, but that is a team option -- and we'll go out on a limb here and predict Mark Cuban will not exercise it.

Gets us a center for a year, albeit a bad one. But the biggest thing is, it gets us out from under Rips huge contract. It would save us 3 years and give us cap space to play with next summer.

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Wow, maybe there is something to it.

And I don't think we're trading for Dampier to keep him long term, as stated by Deleterious it gets us out from underneath Rip's contract.

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Actually, its not that stupid. ... "team option"...

Gets us a center for a year, albeit a bad one. But the biggest thing is, it gets us out from under Rips huge contract. It would save us 3 years and give us cap space to play with next summer.

Ahhh!

Now that makes sense and I agree, it no longer is a stupid trade...

PS: I'd still rather do the Rip-for-Boozer trade than the Rip-for-Dampier trade though...

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Ahhh!

Now that makes sense and I agree, it no longer is a stupid trade...

PS: I'd still rather do the Rip-for-Boozer trade than the Rip-for-Dampier trade though...

I agree about Boozer. But if we can't get Utah to dance with us, its nice to know someone else might. With Utah wanting/needing cap reliefe, Rip just doesn't make sense for them.

Josh Howard and Jason Terry coming off the bench would be pretty damn nice for Dallas.

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A Dallas pick will be in the 20's so I don't really need a pick. If I took one, I would take one in the future as far as possible and hope they are bad then.

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RealGM: Basketball Wiretap Archives: Rockets Receive Disabled Player Exception For Yao

Rockets Receive Disabled Player Exception For Yao

The Rockets applied for a disabled player exception from the NBA a few weeks ago for Yao Ming's injured foot and their request was granted.

Houston was freed up $5.7 million and used the money to sign Trevor Ariza.

Good deal for Houston. If I understand this right, they still have the MLE to use.

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Blazers preparing offer for Utah's Paul Millsap

Posted by Jason Quick, The Oregonian July 08, 2009 18:59PM

Categories: Breaking News

After a series of trades fell through this week, the Trail Blazers have settled on their next target: Utah power forward Paul Millsap.

Although Millsap is a restricted free agent, meaning the Jazz can match any offer, the Blazers are preparing what one source called a "toxic" offer designed to exterminate interest from other teams.

Millsap, 24, is a bruising and active player who excels at rebounding. Despite being only 6-foot-8, Millsap last season used his 250-pound frame to average 13.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in 30.1 minutes per game. His 3.3 offensive rebounds per game ranked fourth in the NBA and his 251 offensive rebounds ranked sixth.

If Millsap signs an offer sheet accepting the Blazers' deal, Utah will have seven days to match the offer. The Jazz is already facing the luxury tax next season with a team salary of more than $73 million. Their finances, and prospects of competing with a lucrative offer to Millsap, took a hit last week when Carlos Boozer ($12.6 million), Mehmet Okur ($9 million) and Kyle Korver ($5.1 million) all exercised options to stay in Utah.

The Blazers figure to exhaust nearly all of their cap space to lock up Millsap. They are $7.7 million under the cap, but can gain an additional $1.65 million by renouncing the rights to Petteri Koponen and Joel Freeland. However, in the process, the Blazers would be assessed with a roughly $450,000 cap hold for having less than 11 players, thus giving them $8.9 million in cap space.

Millsap is from Grambling, La., and attended Louisiana Tech, where he became the only player in NCAA history to lead the nation in rebounding for three consecutive years. He entered the 2006 NBA Draft after his junior season and was a late second-round pick (47th overall), but immediately became a rotation player, earning second-team All-Rookie honors.

In his third NBA season last year, Millsap started a career-high 38 games while filling in for the injured Boozer. He had a career-high 32 points at Boston in December and tied his career-high with 17 rebounds in a January game at the Lakers.

Sources say Millsap has told the Blazers he would be amicable to playing behind LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers' returning power forward and one of the franchise's cornerstones. The Blazers are hoping Millsap provides some interior grit and toughness, two qualities that were lacking in a first-round playoff loss to Houston.

The move would appear to most affect Travis Outlaw, who was expected to move into the backup power forward role full-time this season, but there has been no indication whether another move was imminent.

On Tuesday, Millsap's agent, DeAngelo Simmons, declined to comment on the Blazers and their interest. Simmons did not return phone messages Wednesday night.

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RealGM: Basketball Wiretap Archives: Memphis Closing In On Iverson

Memphis Closing In On Iverson

Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley wants to meet with Allen Iverson and is seriously considering a one-year, $5 million offer, according to team insiders.

The Memphis front office is split on whether or not signing Iverson would be a wise move. The final decision will rest with Heisley.

The Grizzlies would make clear to Iverson that he would be sent home or banished for any perceived act of insubordination.

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RealGM: Basketball Wiretap Archives: Marion Going To Dallas In Three-Way

Marion Going To Dallas In Three-Way

The Mavericks, Raptors and Grizzlies have agreed to a deal in principle that will send Shawn Marion to Dallas, according to NBA sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that the trade will also send Jerry Stackhouse to the Grizzlies, with one source close to the process saying that a trade call with the league office to formalize the deal has been planned for Thursday.

The known parameters of the deal call for Marion to receive a five-year contract in the region of $40 million from the Mavericks and land Stackhouse in Memphis, where he will be bought out by the Grizzlies. Dallas will send Memphis $2 million by Aug. 10th to pay for the buyout.

Toronto will receive unspecified draft considerations and/or cash, but the involvement of a fourth team virtually assures that other players from the Mavericks and Grizzlies will be involved.

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I bitched and moaned about the CV contract. But damn, at least we didn't give Varejao $8 million a year. Wow.

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