Cap eating? (with a draft twist)
Personally, I'm a big Brad Beal fan. He is the player I hope is handed the Raps jersey at the press conference. A lot can happen between now and May 30 (and then June 28) but as of now it appears he will not be available should the Raptors pick where they are 'suppose' to.
Regardless of who BC has his eyes on, lets say he wants to move up. In keeping with the spirit of this thread, what are some possible opportunities for Toronto to move up by using the approximately $12M in cap space they have available to them until July 1st. (The following assumes that the team is not picking #1).
Toronto pick for Charlotte pick and Diop.
Why? Charlotte can then save the amnesty for Tyrus Thomas.
Toronto pick and Gary Forbes for Washington pick and Rashard Lewis ('only' $13M guaranteed for next year).
Why? Amnesty then used on Blatche and the Wiz are working with a clean slate.
Toronto pick for Charlotte pick and Ariza or Okafor.
Why? Saves NOH a tonne of money, creates significant cap space to resign Gordon and another free agent, and opens minutes for development of youth.
Toronto pick for Sacramento pick and Francisco Garcia.
Why? Money saved for cash strapped Sacramento and helps clear the log jam on the wing. Amnesty still available for one of the worst contracts in the league: John Salmons.
Not going to waste the pixels. They have spent $30M in the last 2 years to get more 1st round picks and they could have up to $30M in cap space this summer. They are not trading down. Next to Mark Cuban, who would a fan not love more to have as an owner of their team?
Toronto pick/Ed Davis or DeMar DeRozan for Wesley Matthews and pick.
Why? I can't justify this. Portland would not do it.
If New Jersey gets in to the top 3:
Toronto pick for NJ pick and Morrow or Farmar
Why? Decent role players with just one year left each at $4M.
Toronto eating some Dallas cap space
Dallas sends Marion, Beaubois, Jones, #17, and the rights to Calathes to Toronto for 2 second round picks?
That is $10.4M off the 2011-12 salary cap number for Dallas and takes them under the luxury tax.
More importantly, it is $12.1M off the books for 2012-13. Using the amnesty on Haywood, that leaves the Mavs with basically Dirk on the roster and under $25M in committed salary - which is supposedly what they want.
So what do you think? Would you help Dallas help the Raptors with the above trade?