Brooklyn Nets Salaries and Analysis

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BROOKLYN NETS

2013-14

Draft Picks Coming: None

Draft Picks Going: 2014 first round (to Atlanta, swap); 2014 first round (to Boston); 2014 second round (to Philadelphia); 2015 first round (to Atlanta, swap); 2015 second round (to Atlanta); 2016 first round (to Boston); 2016 second round (to LA Clippers, swap); 2017 first round (to Boston, swap); 2017 second round (to Atlanta); 2018 first round (to Boston)

Trade Exceptions: None

Over/Under: Over the tax

Amnesty Provision: Used on Travis Outlaw (2011)

Stretch Provision: Available

SALARIES

PLAYER 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Joe Johnson $21,470,000 $23,180,000 $24,890,000  
Deron Williams $18,470,000 $19,760,000 $21,040,000 $22,330,000
Paul Pierce $15,330,000
Brook Lopez $14,690,000 $15,720,000 $16,740,000
Kevin Garnett  $12,430,000 $12,000,000
Marcus Thornton $8,050,000  $8,580,000
Mirza Teletovic $3,230,000 $3,370,000
Andrei Kirilenko $3,180,000 $3,330,000  
Andray Blatche $1,380,000  $1,440,000
Mason Plumlee $1,300,000 $1,360,000 $1,420,000
 $2,240,000 $3,370,000
Shaun Livingston $1,270,000
 Marquis Teague  $1,070,000 $1,120,000  $2,020,000 $3,030,000
Alan Anderson $950,000 $1,060,000
TOTAL SALARY $102,820,000 $90,910,000 $66,120,000 $27,600,000 $3,370,000

Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer 

ANALYSIS

Last season, the Nets became the second team in NBA history to have five players making at least $10 million annually, joining the 2000 Portland Trail Blazers. In 2013-14, they will become the first team to have five players making at least $12 million.

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov certainly is willing to spend money to win a championship. And the addition of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry – all of whom own rings – along with new coach Jason Kidd definitely will help set a tone.

With all that spending, however, comes limited flexibility. The Nets are above the apron, meaning all they have at their disposal to add players is the taxpayer exception. After trying to buy 2011 second-round pick Bogan Bogdanovic out of his Europe deal, they used it on Andrei Kirilenko.

The Nets are nearly $30 million over the tax threshold, which means they will pay roughly $85 million in tax unless they shed players between now and June 30, which isn’t likely given their desire to contend.

Brooklyn looks like it will be a tax team next season as well, which makes it a repeater and brings stiffer tariffs. And even with just three players under contract in 2015-16, the Nets are committed to over $62 million for that season.

And for the next five years, Brooklyn’s first-round picks are either being given to or swapped with Boston and Atlanta.

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Washington Wizards Salaries and Analysis

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WASHINGTON WIZARDS

2013-14

Draft Picks Coming: None 

Draft Picks Going: 2014 first round (to Phoenix, protected 1-12)

Trade Exceptions: Jordan Crawford ($415,000), expires Feb. 21, 2014; Emeka Okafor ($1,250,000), expires Oct. 27, 2014

Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax

Amnesty Provision: Used on Andray Blatche (2012)

Stretch Provision: Available

SALARIES

PLAYER 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Nene Hilario $13,000,000 $13,000,000 $13,000,000
John Wall $7,460,000 $13,700,000
$14,730,000 $15,760,000  $16,780,000 $17,810,000
Marcin Gortat $7,730,000
Trevor Ariza $7,730,000
Martell Webster $5,150,000 $5,380,000 $5,610,000  $5,850,000
Andre Miller  $5,000,000  $4,630,000
Bradley Beal $4,320,000  $4,510,000 $5,690,000
$7,470,000
Otto Porter $4,280,000 $4,470,000 $4,660,000
 $5,890,000 $7,730,000
Shannon Brown $3,500,000
Kevin Seraphin $2,760,000  $3,900,000
Trevor Booker $2,350,000 $3,420,000
Kendall Marshall $2,010,000  
   
Chris Singleton $1,620,000  
Al Harrington $1,400,000
Garrett Temple $920,000
Malcolm Lee  $880,000
Glen Rice Jr.  $490,000  $820,000
TOTAL SALARY $70,600,000 $53,830,000 $43,690,000 $34,970,000 $24,510,000 $17,810,000

Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer

ANALYSIS

The Wizards did not have much flexibility this summer but used it well. They retained Martell Webster, the most underrated 3-point shooter in the game; upgraded their backup point guard position with Eric Maynor, who is far better than any of the options they used last season; and added some shooting and a veteran presence in Al Harrington.

GM Ernie Grunfeld didn’t wait until October to give John Wall a maximum contract extension. Grunfeld has a history of overpaying to keep players – Gilbert Arenas, Andray Blatche, etc. – but he probably could not risk alienating a potential cornerstone. Wall deserved Ty Lawson money but not Russell Westbrook money. 

Grunfeld started recouping some of that money by not picking up the fourth-year options on Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton. Vesely has been a complete bust as a No. 6 pick, and removing his salary in 2014-15 creates additional cap room.

Next summer, recently acquired Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza come off the books, giving Grunfeld some flexibility to chase a second-tier free agent if he does not re-sign Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker.

The Wizards haven’t been to the playoffs since 2008. But Grunfeld has done an adequate job of building a young talent base without breaking the bank. He has to stay the course until next summer.

Given the shifts that have gone on in the Eastern Conference, Washington has a shot at the postseason if it can stay healthy and develop some stability and chemistry.

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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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