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Old 12-11-2012, 01:33 PM   #24 (permalink)
it's time to empty the trash

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Our number one priority if a Calderon and Bargnani trade can't be worked out, is to create flexibility next year. Try to move Gray, Kleiza, Fields, and Amir for expiring contracts and/or picks. We really need to shed salary

1) Look for a team that's in need of a back-up centre because of injuries and send Gray for an expiring minimum in return.

2) Try an Amir, 2nd for Wilson Chandler. If it doesn't work out, look to trade him elsewhere, but don't be too pressed to do so as we have the option to amnesty him in the offseason if needed.

3) Try to package Kleiza in a Bargnani trade or move him for any expiring. I'm thinking the Suns might do a Kleiza for Wesley Johnson, if the first option doesn't work.

4) Try trading Fields in a Bargnani package. He played will with Dantoni. If no team will offer us an expiring, we have to wait it out and try to build his value up again.

2013 cap hit
Gray: 2.7 million
Amir: 6.5 million
Kleiza 4.6 million
Fields: 6.25 million

This opens up roughly 20 million dollars in capspace. It doesn't mean we have to use it all or overpay for a free agent. We can preserve some of the space for subsequent years. At least we have options heading into the offseason to make some moves to improve our roster, beyond just the mid-level. There's a chance we might not retain our pick, so it's best to have some more flexibility in terms of free agent options.

Moving only two of those pieces before trade deadline: Kleiza and Gray, plus amnesty option on Amir in offseason (IF NEEDED) provides 14 million dollars. We still have room if Fields can't be moved.
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