With the recent trade discussions, I thought it would be good to do a quick and dirty rundown of the Cavs’ future payroll information. All this info was found on HoopsHype. The Cavs info goes by decreasing salary this year (and aligns for next year, aside from Jawad Williams’ qualifying offer).
Player: 2009/2010 Salary. 10/11, 11/12, etc. (million dollars, rounded to nearest $100k)
Shaq: 20.0 (not under contract beyond this year)
LBJ: 15.8, 17.1 (player option)
Z: 11.5 (not under contract beyond this year)
Mo: 8.8, 9.3, 8.5, 8.5 (player option)
Andy: 6.3, 7, 7.7, 8.4, 9.1, 9.8
Delonte: 4.2, 4.6
Boobie Gibs: 4.1, 4.0, 4.4, 4.9
Moon: 2.7, 2.9, 3.2
Parker: 2.6, 2.9
JJ: 1.4, 1.6, 2.4 (team option), 3.4 (qualifying offer)
Powe: 885k, 915k
DJack: 736k, 854k
Jawad: 736k, 1.0 mill (qualifying offer)
Danny Green: no info available
So the Cavs are on the books for 50.3 million in salary next year if you include LeBron’s player option. The salary cap is projected to be between 50.3 and 53.6 million dollars next year. Though owner Daniel Gilbert doesn’t mind going over the cap, players will need to be obtained via trades this year, as the Cavs will be near the limit prior to signing LeBron (if he re-signs with Cleveland).
Here are salaries of a few of the rumored gentleman that the Cavs have been enquiring about:
Ama’re Stoudemire 16.4, 17.7 (player option)
Andre Iguodala: 12.2, 12.3, 13.5
Antawn Jamison: 11.6, 13.3, 15.0
Troy Murphy: 11.0, 12.0
Chris Paul (just for fun): 13.5, 14.9, 16.4
It’s been widely discussed that the trade deadline is going to be the de facto free agency period for the Cavaliers due to their likely approaching of the salary cap. In terms of contracts, Jamison has the most heavy (and back-weighted), and would put the Cavaliers at the limit before adding anybody in free agency next year.
That being said, I think it’s important to be aware of all of this information going forward, when discussing things. Shaq and Z are NOT under contract for next year. Yes, the Cavs own their rights and could re-sign them. But they are not currently under contract and are not limiting the Cavs financial options going forward. Jamison’s contract is 5 million more than Iguodala and Murphy’s deals for next year.
Those are the numbers. What you choose to do with them is up to you – but now we’re all informed. Rick was told there would be no math