This has never been my preferred approach, mainly because I think this roster is poorly assembled, when salaries and 'fit' are factored in. However, there could very well be some benefits to this approach, if a significant retooling is still MU's preference:
- a good season from Lowry, especially if his 2nd half is better than 1st half, and he could be a S&T asset
- a good season from DeRozan, making his contract seem like a bargain, and he could become an even more valuable trade chip (even possibly during the draft)
Gay is really the wildcard here. If he doesn't give a good indication that he wants to re-sign at a decreasing salary (since next year will be the same amount whether re-signed or extended), then it would be a shame to let him walk without getting anything in return. He may very well be the first domino to fall, which could be what MU's "wait and see" is all about. Not only are we talking about a player and/or valuable trade chip, but it's also a huge chunk of salary cap and part of the redundancy with DeRozan.