Boston Celtics Salaries and Analysis

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BOSTON CELTICS

2013-14

Draft Picks Coming: 2014 first round (Brooklyn); 2014 first round (Philadelphia, protected 1-14); 2015 first round (LA Clippers); 2015 second round (Sacramento, 31-55); 2016 first round (Brooklyn); 2016 second round (Miami); 2017 first round (Brooklyn, right to swap); 2017 second round (Sacramento, 31-55); 2018 first round (Brooklyn)

Draft Picks Going: 2014 second round (to Dallas); 2016 second round (to Memphis)

Trade Exceptions: Paul Pierce ($10,280,000), expires July 14, 2014; Fab Melo ($280,000), expires Aug. 15, 2014; Courtney Lee ($2,100,000), expires Jan. 7, 2015

Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax

Amnesty Provision: Available

Stretch Provision: Available

SALARIES

PLAYER 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Kris Humphries $12,000,000
Rajon Rondo  $11,950,000 $12,910,000
Gerald Wallace $10,110,000 $10,110,000 $10,110,000
Jeff Green $8,700,000 $9,490,000 $9,490,000
Brandon Bass $6,450,000  $6,900,000
Keith Bogans  $5,060,000  $5,290,000 $5,290,000
Joel Anthony $3,800,000 $3,800,000
Jerryd Bayless  $3,140,000
Avery Bradley  $2,510,000 $3,580,000
Vitor Faverani $2,000,000  $2,090,000  $2,180,000
Kelly Olynyk  $1,990,000  $2,080,000 $2,170,000  $3,090,000  $4,280,000
Jared Sullinger  $1,370,000 $1,420,000  $2,270,000  $3,270,000
Phil Pressey  $490,000 $820,000   $950,000
TOTAL SALARY $69,560,000 $58,470,000 $32,430,000 $6,360,000 $4,280,000

Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer

ANALYSIS

The huge trade with the Brooklyn Nets signifies the end of an era for the Celtics – and perhaps the start of a new one.

The Celtics did not make themselves better by swapping Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry for Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace and MarShon Brooks, but they certainly made themselves younger. In addition to a young nucleus, Boston also has more financial flexibility and good trade assets.

Humphries’ contract comes off the books next summer, freeing up money to sign All-Star guard Rajon Rondo to an extension. There was depth at shooting guard in Courtney Lee, Jordan Crawford and Brooks, all three of whom were used as in-season trade chips to net more draft picks. And Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger are still on their rookie deals.

The biggest long-term issues for the Celtics are convincing Rondo to lead the rebuilding effort – which could be easier now that Brad Stevens has replaced Doc Rivers as coach – and the three years and $30 million remaining on Wallace’s deal.

Given Jeff Green’s return to prominence late last season, Wallace could end up being a very  expensive reserve. That could make him a candidate for the stretch provision, which allows teams to waive players and spread his salary over more years. Next summer, the Celtics could waive Wallace and spread his remaining $20 million over five years.

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Atlanta Hawks Salaries and Analysis

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ATLANTA HAWKS

2013-14

Draft Picks Coming: 2014 first round (Brooklyn, right to swap); 2015 first round (Brooklyn, right to swap); 2015 second round (Brooklyn); 2017 second round (Brooklyn); 2017 second round (Miami, protected 31-40)

Draft Picks Going: None

Trade Exceptions: None

Over/Under: Under the cap

Amnesty Provision: Available

Stretch Provision: Available

SALARIES

PLAYER 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Al Horford $12,000,000 $12,000,000 $12,000,000
Paul Millsap $9,500,000 $9,500,000
Jeff Teague $8,000,000 $8,000,000  $8,000,000  $8,000,000
Kyle Korver $6,760,000 $6,250,000 $5,750,000 $5,240,000
Lou Williams $5,230,000 $5,450,000
Elton Brand $4,000,000
DeMarre Carroll $2,560,000 $2,440,000
Gustavo Ayon $1,500,000
Antawn Jamison $1,400,000
Dennis Schroder  $1,350,000 $1,690,000  $1,760,000 $2,710,000  $3,820,000
 John Jenkins  $1,260,000 $1,310,000 $2,230,000 $3,240,000
Jared Cunningham  $1,210,000      
Pero Antic $1,200,000 $1,250,000
Shelvin Mack  $880,000
Mike Scott $790,000
Lucas Noguiera
TOTAL SALARY $57,700,000 $46,900,000 $27,740,000 $19,190,000 $3,820,000

Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer

ANALYSIS

So Dwight Howard didn’t want to come home and Josh Smith wanted to leave home. How come NBA players want to live in Atlanta but not play there?

Even after signing Paul Millsap, Elton Brand and DeMarre Carroll to fortify the frontcourt, re-signing Kyle Korver and matching the offer sheet on Jeff Teague, the Hawks are still under the salary cap. But with all that cap room, they don’t appear to have made themselves much better.

With their remaining cap room and exceptions, GM Danny Ferry needs to find a legitimate center to reduce the pounding on Al Horford, their cornerstone who is better suited at power forward. It was slim pickings, and Ferry eventually settled on Gustavo Ayon, who was waived by Milwaukee, and European free agent Pero Antic, who supposedly is cast in the Nik Pekovic mold.

Ferry is not financially leveraged in any way but has more flexibility in 2015, when Millsap, Carroll and Lou Williams come off the books. Some of that money may have to go to possible extensions for John Jenkins and Jared Cunningham.

The Hawks also have a handful of picks coming from Brooklyn as a result of the Joe Johnson deal. The roster is relatively young and will stay that way for a while, meaning the Hawks have the chance to get better from within.

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Los Angeles Lakers Salaries and Analysis

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LOS ANGELES LAKERS

2013-14

Draft Picks Coming: None

Draft Picks Going: 2014 second round (to Milwaukee); 2015 first round (to Phoenix, protected 1-5); 2015 second round (to Orlando, 31-40); 2017 first round (to Orlando, 1-5)

Trade Exceptions: Steve Blake ($2,000,000), expires Feb. 19, 2015

Over/Under: Over the apron

Amnesty Provision: Used on Metta World Peace (2013)

Stretch Provision: Available

SALARIES

PLAYER 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Kobe Bryant $30,450,000 $23,500,000 $25,000,000
Pau Gasol $19,290,000
Steve Nash $9,300,000  $9,700,000
Jordan Hill $3,500,000
Chris Kaman $3,180,000
Jodie Meeks $1,550,000
Chris Duhon  $1,500,000
MarShon Brooks $1,210,000    
Nick Young $1,110,000 $1,230,000
Jordan Farmar $1,110,000
Wesley Johnson $920,000
Xavier Henry $920,000
Robert Sacre $790,000  $920,000  $980,000
Kendall Marshall $790,000  $920,000
Kent Bazemore $790,000
Ryan Kelly $490,000
TOTAL SALARY $72,900,000 $36,270,000 $25,980,000 $0 $0

Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer

ANALYSIS

The Lakers gambled big on Dwight Howard and lost. He gets replaced by Chris Kaman, who took a one-year deal that doesn’t interfere with the Lakers’ long-term plans — going well below the cap next summer and being the top destination (in theory) for a free agent class that will include LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki and a whole bunch of other studs.

Who wants to help get Kobe Bryant his sixth championship? Who wants to get Jack Nicholson back in his front row seat? (We can’t see Jack suffering through the train wreck this season will be unless he doubles up on the ganja.)

So 2013-14 will be a throwaway season, and Priority No. 1 will be flipping Pau Gasol into as many draft picks and good young players as humanly possible. Remember, the Lakers traded away their 2015 (top 5 protected) and 2017 draft picks to bring in Steve Nash. They should be able to get a No. 1 at a minimum if when they trade Gasol.

The best thing they can do to build for the future is make sure that one of those picks is a 2014 pick, when there will be a draft class that may be even deeper than the 2003 draft.

Another priority — and this can happen through the Gasol trade — is getting beneath the luxury tax threshold for the first time ever. Using the amnesty provision on Metta World Peace – one of the few Lakers who played to his potential last season – got them close. If they can do that this season, they avoid being subject to the new punitive repeater tax a year earlier than previously planned.

However, Laker Nation can spend the season watching the Kansas Jayhawks and dreaming of Andrew Wiggins.

Nobody is going to tell Bryant when he can or can’t come back from his torn Achilles, but even the Kobester knows that tanking this season is a priority. He needs to keep as much gas in the tank as possible for 2014-15.

Until Bryant comes back, free agent scorer Nick Young will hold down the fort, taking his “Swaggy P” act back home to LA.

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New Orleans Pelicans Salaries and Analysis

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NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

2013-14

Draft Picks Coming: 2016 second round (LA Clippers, protected 31-55); 2016 second round (Sacramento, 31-55)

Draft Picks Going: 2014 first round (to Philadelphia, 1-5); 2014 second round (to Minnesota); 2015 second round (to Philadelphia); 2017 second round (to Minnesota, 31-55)

Trade Exceptions: None

Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax

Amnesty Provision: Not available

Stretch Provision: Available

SALARIES

PLAYER 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Eric Gordon $14,280,000 $14,900,000 $15,510,000  
Tyreke Evans $11,800,000 $11,270,000 $10,730,000 $10,200,000
Jrue Holiday $9,710,000 $10,400,000 $11,100,000 $11,790,000
Ryan Anderson $8,310,000 $8,490,000 $8,500,000
Anthony Davis  $5,380,000  $5,610,000 $7,070,000  $9,190,000
Al-Farouq Aminu $3,750,000
Greg Steimsma $2,680,000
Jason Smith  $2,500,000
Austin Rivers $2,340,000 $2,440,000 $3,110,000 $4,240,000
Anthony Morrow $1,030,000  $1,150,000
Alex Ajinca $920,000 $980,000
Darius Miller $790,000 $1,110,000
Brian Roberts $790,000
Tyshawn Taylor  $790,000
Jeff Withey  $490,000  $820,000
TOTAL SALARY $65,560,000 $57,170,000 $56,020,000 $35,420,000 $0

Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer

ANALYSIS

GM Dell Demps somehow got a big-name free agent to say, “I want to play for the Pelicans.”

Well, not in so many words. But restricted free agent Tyreke Evans indicated as much when the Sacramento Kings offered him a deal topping out at $9 million per season, much less than what Demps presented in an offer sheet. Demps then saved about $7 million by working a three-team sign-and-trade deal that sent guard Greivis Vasquez to Sacramento and center Robin Lopez to Portland.

This came after Demps’ big move at the draft when he traded the rights to Nerlens Noel an a future No. 1 pick to Philadelphia for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. The acquisitions of Evans and Holiday give Demps what Marlo Stanfield from The Wire liked to call “one of them good problems” – what to do with Eric Gordon.

Gordon has missed 97 of 148 games since arriving in New Orleans and having the then-Hornets match the maximum offer sheet he signed with Phoenix. If Demps keeps him, the Pelicans have a potent if small lineup with Gordon, Holiday, Evans, Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis.

But it may be better to move Gordon to a team that needs a shooting guard while taking back multiple players to fortify a suspect bench, or finding a bubble team that would be willing to sacrifice a 2014 draft pick? Demps has his exceptions to fill out his bench and should be targeting a backup center. He did acquire rookie Jeff Withey in a sign-and-trade but needs another big for added depth and flexibility.

If Demps cannot or does not move Gordon, the next time he will have real flexibility is the summer of 2016, when Anderson becomes a free agent and the extensions for Davis and possibly Austin Rivers kick in.

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Milwaukee Bucks Salaries and Analysis

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MILWAUKEE BUCKS

2013-14

Draft Picks Coming: 2014 second round (Toronto, protected 31-36); 2014 second round (LA Lakers); 2015 second round (Phoenix); 2015 second round (LA Clippers, 51-60)

Draft Picks Going: None

Trade Exceptions:  None

Over/Under: Under the cap

Amnesty Provision: Used on Drew Gooden (2013)

Stretch Provision: Available

SALARIES

PLAYER 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
O.J. Mayo $8,000,000 $8,000,000 $8,000,000
Caron Butler $8,000,000
Ersan Ilyasova $7,900,000 $7,900,000 $7,900,000  $8,400,000
Zaza Pachulia $5,200,000 $5,200,000 $5,200,000
 Ramon Sessions $5,000,000
Ekpe Udoh $4,470,000  $5,960,000
Carlos Delfino  $3,250,000  $3,250,000 $3,250,000
Larry Sanders $3,050,000 $11,000,000 $11,000,000  $11,000,000 $11,000,000
Brandon Knight $2,790,000 $3,550,000  $5,050,000
John Henson $1,910,000  $1,990,000  $2,940,000 $4,090,000
G. Antetokounmpo  $1,790,000 $1,870,000 $1,950,000  $3,000,000 $4,190,000
Miroslav Raduljica  $1,500,000   $1,500,000  $1,570,000
 Jeff Adrien $920,000
Khris Middleton $790,000 $920,000
Nate Wolters  $500,000
 $820,000  $950,000
TOTAL SALARY $55,070,000 $51,960,000 $47,810,000 $26,490,000 $15,190,000

Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer

ANALYSIS

When the offseason began, Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick – Milwaukee’s entire backcourt rotation – became free agents. Instead of using his considerable cap room to re-sign Ellis and/or Redick, GM John Hammond let all three walk, although he got assets in return.

The Bucks gave Jeff Teague an offer sheet which Atlanta matched. Meanwhile, Jennings could not find anywhere near the $12 million annually he desired on the open market and had no leverage in returning to the Bucks. When Detroit offered Jennings $24 million over three years, Hammond worked a sign-and-trade, getting back Brandon Knight and a couple of small expiring contracts. 

One of those belonged to Slava Kravtsov, whom Hammond rerouted to Phoenix with Ishmael Smith for Caron Butler, who should give Milwaukee some stability at small forward.

Hammond also has collected a handful of second-round picks by facilitating sign-and-trades as the third team. He received picks in moving Redick to the Clippers and also acquired Luke Ridnour’s expiring deal. 

The Bucks also used their amnesty provision on Drew Gooden before signing defensive-minded big Larry Sanders to a four-year, $44 million extension that begins next season.

Milwaukee seems set at shooting guard with the free agent signings of O.J. Mayo, Carlos Delfino and Gary Neal. The bigs were fortified by the signing of Zaza Pachulia, who unlike most of Milwaukee’s frontcourt is not lean and lengthy but a wide body who can hold his ground in the post.

If Knight doesn’t pan out, the Bucks may be looking for a point guard in the draft. The 2014 free agent market features Mario Chalmers, Kyle Lowry, Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake as available point guards.

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