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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Miami Heat Salaries and Analysis

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MIAMI HEAT

2013-14

Draft Picks Coming: 2015 second round (Sacramento, conditional) 

Draft Picks Going: 2015 first round (to Cleveland, protected 1-10); 2016 second round (to Boston); 2017 second round (to Atlanta, 31-40)

Trade Exceptions: Dexter Pittman ($854,389), expires Feb. 21, 2014

Over/Under: Over the apron

Amnesty Provision: Used on Mike Miller (2013)

Stretch Provision: Available

SALARIES

PLAYER 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Chris Bosh $19,070,000 $20,590,000 $22,110,000  
LeBron James $19,070,000 $20,590,000  $22,110,000
Dwyane Wade $18,670,000 $20,160,000
$21,660,000
Udonis Haslem $4,340,000  $4,620,000
Mario Chalmers  $4,000,000
Shane Battier $3,270,000
Ray Allen  $3,230,000
Toney Douglas $1,600,000
James Jones $1,500,000
Chris Andersen $1,400,000  $1,450,000
Rashard Lewis  $1,400,000
Norris Cole $1,130,000 $2,040,000  $3,200,000
Michael Beasley $1,030,000
Greg Oden $950,000  
TOTAL SALARY $80,660,000 $68,350,000 $69,080,000 $0 $0

Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer

ANALYSIS

If you’re going to be a team with virtually no flexibility, you might as well be the two-time defending champions in possession of the best player on the planet.

The Miami Heat project to be about $10 million over the luxury tax threshold. That means all they have available to them is the taxpayer exception of $3 million, part of which they used to retain free agent Chris Andersen, whose energy and athleticism is an ideal fit for this group’s style of play.

When the current CBA was ratified, Heat owner Micky Arison said it would eventually lead to the breakup of so-called “superteams.” Depending upon how much Arison is willing to pay in luxury tax, the breakup of his superteam could be on the horizon.

To that end, the Heat used their amnesty provision on Mike Miller, knocking their projected tax hit of $25 million down to about $12 million. They took back on some of that tax when they lured center Greg Oden with a low-risk, high-reward minimum deal.

Late in the offseason, the Heat rolled the dice again on old friend Michael Beasley, who had worn out his welcome in Phoenix and was waived. Being around champions could be a good influence on Beasley, who is not likely to get many more chances despite his ability to score.

The Heat actually entered training camp with no hard salary commitments beyond 2014 because eight players on the current roster have player options, team options or qualifying offers. But those options add up to more than $71 million, a figure that pushes the Heat into tax territory again and makes them a repeater, which carries even stiffer penalties.

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Memphis Grizzlies Salaries and Analysis

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MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

2013-14

Draft Picks Coming: 2014 second round (Philadelphia, protected 31-50, 55-60); 2016 second round (Toronto); 2016 second round (Boston)

Draft Picks Going: 2014 second round (to Cleveland); 2015 first round (to Cleveland, protected 1-5, 16-30); 2015 second round (to Philadelphia, cash alternative); 2016 second round (to Dallas)

Trade Exceptions: None

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
Zach Randolph $18,240,000 $16,970,000
Marc Gasol $14,860,000 $15,830,000
Mike Conley $8,600,000  $9,290,000 $9,990,000
Tayshaun Prince $7,240,000 $7,710,000
Courtney Lee $5,230,000  $5,450,000  $5,680,000
Tony Allen $4,490,000 $4,830,000  $5,170,000 $5,510,000
Ed Davis $3,150,000  $4,360,000
Kosta Koufos $3,000,000 $3,000,000
Quincy Pondexter  $2,230,000  $3,150,000 $3,380,000 $3,620,000  $3,850,000
Mike Miller $1,400,000
Fab Melo  $1,310,000      
Nick Calathes $950,000 $980,000
James Johnson $950,000
Jon Leuer $900,000  $970,000 $1,040,000
Jamaal Franklin  $540,000  $820,000  $950,000
TOTAL SALARY $73,090,000 $73,360,000 $26,210,000 $9,130,000 $3,850,000

Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer

ANALYSIS

Under Michael Heisley’s ownership, the Grizzlies did not want to be a tax team. That remained the case under new owner Robert Pera, who hired a new front office that includes analytics maven John Hollinger.

Since being installed, that front office has traded leading scorer Rudy Gay; virtually given away Marreese Speights and Josh Selby, two players who have not reached their ceiling; replaced coach Lionel Hollins – who merely guided the team to the best season in franchise history – with the cheaper Dave Joerger; and did not make qualifying offers to Austin Daye and Jon Leuer, another pair of young players. (Leuer was re-signed.)

The luxury tax is still not in play despite Jerryd Bayless opting in for the 2013-14 season and Tony Allen re-signing for less than he probably could have received if he had played the market a little harder. Bayless was later traded for Courtney Lee as the Grizzlies uncharacteristically took on more money.

Hopefully, Pera, Hollinger and CEO Jason Levien like their rotation, because it is firmly in place for the next two years. We commend the addition of Kosta Koufos, who started 81 games for the Nuggets.

The Grizzlies stayed below the tax and added a potential key piece in Mike Miller, who was released via amnesty by Miami and signed by Memphis for the veteran’s minimum. If Miller can stay healthy, he adds the shooting the Grizz need.

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Portland Trail Blazers Salaries and Analysis

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PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

2013-14

Draft Picks Coming: 2015 second round (Minnesota); 2016 second round (New York, protected 31-37)

Draft Picks Going: 2014 first round (to Charlotte, 1-12); 2014 second round (to Denver); 2015 second round (to Chicago); 2016 second round (to Chicago); 2017 second round (to Houston); 2018 second round (to Sacramento)

Trade Exceptions: None

Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax

Amnesty Provision: Used on Brandon Roy (2011) 

Stretch Provision: Available

SALARIES

PLAYER 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
LaMarcus Aldridge $14,880,000 $16,010,000  
Nicolas Batum $11,300,000 $11,770,000 $12,240,000
Wesley Matthews $6,880,000  $7,250,000
Robin Lopez $5,900,000 $6,120,000
Thomas Robinson  $3,530,000 $3,680,000 $4,660,000  $6,180,000
Damian Lillard  $3,200,000 $3,340,000
$4,240,000
$5,650,000
Dorell Wright  $3,000,000 $3,140,000
Joel Freeland $2,900,000  $3,010,000
Mo Williams $2,650,000  $2,770,000
C.J. McCollum $2,320,000 $2,420,000 $2,530,000
 $3,220,000 $4,390,000
Meyers Leonard $2,220,000 $2,320,000
 $3,080,000 $4,210,000
Earl Watson $1,400,000
Victor Claver $1,330,000 $1,370,000  $2,250,000
Allen Crabbe $830,000 $860,000 $950,000
Will Barton $790,000 $920,000 $1,180,000
Terrel Harris $100,000  
TOTAL SALARY $63,230,000 $64,980,000 $31,110,000 $19,260,000 $4,390,000

Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer

ANALYSIS

Blazers GM Neil Olshey is not abandoning the plan he began putting in place a year ago, when he added five rookies, including Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, while dead money came off the team’s payroll.

Olshey added five more draft picks this year, including first-rounder C.J. McCollum, who is envisioned as a backup at both guard spots. Another pick was Jeff Withey, who was put into the deal that landed Robin Lopez.

The acquisition of Lopez serves two purposes. Initially, he will compensate for the exit of free agent J.J. Hickson and allow LaMarcus Aldridge to play more minutes at his  natural position of power forward. Secondly, he joins Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Joel Freeland and newly signed Dorell Wright as players whose contracts expire in 2015.

Olshey also pounced on Houston’s desire to dump Thomas Robinson, still an unknown quantity who could blossom with regular playing time, which he likely will get here. And he snagged veteran point guard Mo Williams, assuring Lillard won’t lead the NBA in minutes again.

Over the next two years, Olshey has to determine whether he can convince Aldridge to stay beyond his current contract or use the summer of 2015 as the next time he can execute an extreme makeover. That is also when Lillard, Robinson and Meyers Leonard will be up for extensions.

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Los Angeles Clippers Salaries and Analysis

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LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

2013-14

Draft Picks Coming: 2014 second round (Philadelphia, conditional); 2016 second round (Brooklyn, protected 55-60, right to swap)

Draft Picks Going: 2014 second round (to San Antonio, protected 31-55); 2015 first round (to Boston); 2015 second round (to Houston, 31-50, 56-60); 2015 second round (to Denver, 31-55); 2015 second round (to Milwaukee, 51-60); 2016 second round (to New Orleans, 31-55); 2018 second round (to Philadelphia) 

Trade Exceptions: Eric Bledsoe ($2,630,000), expires July 10, 2014

Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax

Amnesty Provision: Used on Ryan Gomes (2012)

Stretch Provision: Available

SALARIES

PLAYER 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Chris Paul  $18,670,000  $20,070,000  $21,470,000 $22,870,000  $24,270,000
Blake Griffin $16,440,000 $17,670,000 $18,910,000 $20,140,000  $21,370,000
DeAndre Jordan $10,990,000  $11,440,000
J.J. Redick  $6,500,000  $6,790,000 $7,090,000  $7,380,000
Jamal Crawford  $5,230,000 $5,450,000 $5,680,000
Jared Dudley $4,250,000 $4,250,000 $4,250,000
Matt Barnes $3,250,000 $3,400,000 $3,540,000
Darren Collison $1,900,000 $1,990,000
Willie Green  $1,400,000  $1,450,000
Hedo Turkoglu  $1,400,000
 
Ryan Hollins  $1,190,000
Reggie Bullock  $1,150,000  $1,200,000 $1,250,000
 $2,230,000  $3,310,000
TOTAL SALARY $72,370,000 $74,770,000 $62,370,000 $52,620,000 $48,950,000

Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer

ANALYSIS

Clippers GM Gary Sacks was smart enough to let Chris Paul pick a new coach. He was even smarter not to let him pick any new players.

Once Paul’s personal choice of Doc Rivers was in place – and it would have been hard for the Clippers to do any better – Sacks knew Paul would be staying put and signed him to a five-year, $107 million contract. With both Paul and Blake Griffin signed through the 2017-18 season, the Clippers will be relevant for the next five years.

Sacks – or owner Donald Sterking, if you prefer – also didn’t pull the trigger on the deal that would have sent DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe to Boston for the aging Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

Instead, he held onto Jordan and put the coveted Bledsoe in a package that landed free agent sharpshooter J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley. While keeping the roster relatively young, Sacks filled one of LA’s two glaring needs – perimeter shooting.

The other glaring need was a reserve big who can score, and they are hoping Byron Mullens can fill that role. The Clips still have a portion of their mid-level exception after using $2 million of it to sign Darren Collison, who also backed up Paul in New Orleans.

Late in the offseason, Sacks signed Antawn Jamison away from the crosstown Lakers. Jamison may not be ready for the start of the season but eventually should make everyone forget the lack of contributions from Lamar Odom.

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