There is a floor in the NBA for salary. The Jazz have to pay $49M one way or another.
The Jazz are not competing in the near future. Getting draft picks in addition to their own is a good thing.
Utah is not a free agent hot spot. No big free agent is signing there right now. They have money to offer but they don't get a chance to win.
So with no free agents coming, they look to trade. They now have $32M in expiring contracts at a time when many teams are looking at financial deals just as much as basketball deals due to prohibitive luxury tax in new CBA.
If they don't get good players for expirings, strong possibility of getting more draft picks. Definitely not lottery picks but somewhere in 20's likely. If they have multiple high teen/20 picks they could package them to move up to late lottery to go along with their own.
I really like it for them. They have increased flexibility and opportunity.
In fact at age 27 he's probably better off going 5 years and re-upping at a younger age on a long term contract to end his career than to risk an extra year's decline.
Good example is the first four years of his contract in Houston vs. LA. After 4 years, despite annual increases of just 4.5% in Houston versus 7.5% in LA, Dwight comes out plus $2.6M net in Texas.
Sources said Howard had a possible change of heart because of the extra $30 million he would be leaving on the table if he signed with Houston. The Lakers could have given Howard a five-year deal worth $118 million while Houston can offer $88 million over four years.
http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/s...ouston-rocketsBy going to Houston, Howard will leave $9.3 million on the table in net guaranteed dollars, because he could have received a five-year deal and more money from the Lakers, rather than the four-year maximum deal he will get by signing with another team. This assumes that Howard will be a resident of Texas instead of California, since Texas has no state income taxes, while California has the highest state income taxes in the country.
Comparing just the first four years of what the Lakers could pay Howard with what the Rockets likely will pay him, Howard will net $2.6 million more after taxes in Houston if he becomes a Texas resident.
So when anyone says he is leaving $30m on the table, be sure to correct them he has left just $9.3M and actually comes out $2.6 ahead after 4 years. Assuming he gets another contract, he'll likely come out much farther ahead financially barring a catastrophic injury or decline.
With Millsap signing in Atlanta, all I can think is will Al Horford ever get to play his natural PF position?
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