I think we're pretty close to the cap limit; Hoopshype has us at 56.4 with no salary listed for Derek Brown & Cory Higgins. The ESPN Trade Machine says we have 142k free. We're set with 15 spots, but Higgins isn't guaranteed for the rest of the season until after this Friday.The salary cap for the 2010–2011 season is $58.044 million. Under the league's new CBA that was ratified in December 2011, ending the 2011 lockout, the cap will remain at its 2010–11 level for the 2011–12 season (though prorated for the shortened season), and will continue to vary based on league revenues.
I don't think we are in the position to take on salary outright, but we do have a few expirings that could be parlayed into assets if we are willing to take on more contract years. I would limit those to 2 (this and next season) unless it's a helluva return.
Potential tax teams:
Memphis is 900k over the tax line
San Antonio is 3.3 over the line
Dallas is 4.7 over the line
Miami is 7 over the line
Boston is 9 over the line
Lakers is 17 over the line
And then you have the New Jersey Nets, who are desperate to free up more space in order to offer Dwight a FA contract. They've let it be known Morrow can be had for a straight up expiring.
We've also read that the Washington Wizards are engaging us on a Blatche (the knucklehead) swap.
FYI he Memphis, Miami and Portland picks cannot be traded by anyone due to the Stepien rule.
So let's help Cho out. Does anyone see a legitimate move where we gain assets (pick/young player) by taking on salary OR helping out another team in a desperate situation (Nets/Wiz)?
My first quick attempt...Morrow for Najera. We add 1.25 million this year and 4 million next year.
Another...Morrow/Farmar for Boris. We'd lose 1 million in salary this season but add 8 million next season. Farmar would allow us to have a backup to Kemba if we decide to move DJ. Cut Higgins for the roster spot.