Lacob sounded a lot more excited about Lee and Stephen Curry than he did about Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins.
Nothing wrong with that. I wouldn’t presume that these guys will definitely be traded. But it’s also something everybody in the league will be watching.
The Warriors are another team going through an owner change and they have some big contracts on the books that he may want off. There has been tons of rumors that they have been shopping Biedrins and Brandon Wright this offseason and we all know about Monta's history. Golden State also has two seperate trade exceptions totaling 6 million. Plus we have a decent trade relationship with them. I propose this as a backup plan
Damp (13.1 M)
Nazy (6.9 M)
DJ (2.5 M)
Diaw (9 M)
2nd round pick
Total 31.5 million
Monta Ellis (11 M)
Biedrins (9 M)
B. Wright (3.4 M)
GS uses trade exception (6 M)
Total 29.4 million for trade purposes. Bobcats only take on 23.4 in salary. This shaves the Cats payroll from about 78 million to 70 million and may get them just under the luxury tax.
Golden State cuts Damp so they save 5 million this season, over 11 million next season and 20 million the folowing two seasons.