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Old 04-03-2011, 06:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Raptors Spending money. Dare to dream.

I assume everyone knows how collective bargaining usually works? Everythning seems extreme at 1st and they narrow the difference between the 2 sides up until the last hour, each side hoping the other one blinks. Then if no one gives, they end up in a work stoppage.

I for one think there will be a hard cap, but not something like 45 million like the league says. Perspective....the Lakers , Mavs, Magic are about double that right now.

So even if they made a hard cap at 70 mil and slashed all salaries at 20% (extreme), a lot of top teir teams would be unable to sign any free agents.

Teams like the Raptors could have a ton of money to spend because they are not one of the financially hurting teams.....15 mil? 20 mil?

HoopsHype - NBA Salaries - Toronto Raptors

The free agent list is not spectacular but they may catch some teams unable to match an offer. Here's some options at the 1, 3 and 5.

Point Guard
Aaron Brooks, Houston Rockets - $2.0 million Restricted ($3.0 million Qualifying Offer)
Andre Miller, Portland Trail Blazers - $7.3 million Team Option ($7.8 million)
Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers - $9.3 million Early Termination Option ($8.3 million)
Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns - $2.0 million Team Option ($2.1 million)
Rodney Stuckey, Detroit Pistons - $2.8 million Restricted ($3.9 million Qualifying Offer)
T.J. Ford, Indiana Pacers - $8.5 million Unrestricted
Carlos Arroyo, Miami HEAT - $1.2 million Unrestricted
Ronnie Price, Utah Jazz - $1.3 million - Unrestricted
Patrick Mills, Portland Trail Blazers - $0.9 million Unrestricted*
Sasha Vujacic, New jersey Nets - $5.5 million Unrestricted
Sebastian Telfair, Minnesota Timberwolves - $2.7 million Unrestricted
Luther Head, Sacramento Kings - $1.0 million - Unrestricted
Charlie Bell, Golden State Warriors - $3.9 million Early Termination Option ($4.1 million)
Willie Green, New Orleans Hornets - $4.0 million - Unrestricted
Mario Chalmers, Miami HEAT - $0.9 million Unrestricted*

Small Forward
Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets - $17.1 million Early Termination Option ($18.5 million)
Caron Butler, Dallas Mavericks - $10.8 million Unrestricted
Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers - $2.9 million Restricted ($4.0 million Qualifying Offer)
Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns - $3.2 million - Unrestricted
Tayshaun Prince, Detroit Pistons $11.1 million Unrestricted
Shane Battier, Houston Rockets - $7.4 million - Unrestricted
Reggie Williams, Golden State Warriors - $0.8 million Unrestricted*
James Jones, Miami HEAT - $1.1 million Unrestricted
Al Thornton, Washington Wizards - $2.8 million Restricted ($3.9 million Qualifying Offer)
Jason Kapono, Philadelphia 76ers - $6.6 million - Unrestricted
Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves - $3.7 million Restricted ($5.0 million Qualifying Offer)
Josh Howard, Washington Wizards - $3.0 million - Unrestricted
Rasual Butler, L.A. Clippers - $2.4 million - Unrestricted

Centre
Nene, Denver Nuggets - $11.4 million Early Termination Option ($11.6 million)
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies - $3.6 million Unrestricted*
Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks - $12.6 million Unrestricted
Yao Ming, Houston Rockets - $17.7 million - Unrestricted
Joel Przybilla, Portland Trail Blazers - $7.4 million Unrestricted
Samuel Dalembert, Sacramento Kings $13.4 million - Unrestricted
Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers - $6.8 million Restricted ($8.8 million Qualifying Offer)
Spencer Hawes, Philadelphia 76ers - $3.0 million Restricted ($4.1 million Qualifying Offer)
Nenad Krstic, Oklahoma City Thunder - $5.7 million Unrestricted
Earl Barron, Phoenix Suns - $0.8 million - Unrestricted
Tony Battie, Philadelphia 76ers - $1.4 million Unrestricted
Kyrylo Fesenko, Utah Jazz - $1.1 million - Unrestricted
Erick Dampier, Miami HEAT - $1.1 million - Unrestricted
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Miami HEAT - $1.4 million - Unrestricted
Jeff Foster, Indiana Pacers - $6.7 million - Unrestricted
Nazr Mohammed, Charlotte Bobcats - $6.9 million Unrestricted
DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers - $0.9 million Unrestricted*
Kurt Thomas, Chicago Bulls - $1.4 million Unrestricted
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