I was thinking about our future on the Bobcats. Looking at who we have under Contract for next season, excluding Okafor, is about $43 mil. Now, if we sign him to an extension, we have to realize that Ray will be in the same boat a year from now. If we were to sign Okafor to something in the range of $10-13 mil, and them get our 1st rounder and 2nd rounder signed, won't that bring us fairly close to the Luxury Cap? We wont have any significant Contracts expiring the following yr to be able to resign Ray to a significant extension should we want to keep him. that management has taken on some serious Contracts in the past yr should not lead us to believe they will pay Contracts over the Luxury Tax. It wont happen.
If I am correct, then will we not be in a position to HAVE to choose between keeping Ray or keeping Okafor? If we are going to be in that positon, do we look at who is more replaceable, and try to package him on a Draft night trade? What other options will we have? With the Contracts of Nazr and Matt, they are not going to be very tradeable assets. I dont want to give up J-Rich, even if he is a big Contract. We may HAVE to choose between Ray and Okafor.
I am thinking of this because we have played really well over the past 3 games. I am seeing a great deal of promise in Dudley for the future, Carroll is showing us why we signed him long term, Ray is starting to use his PG penetration skills better, and Okafor does at times play like a great #2 pick. J-Rich shows us why we traded for him. I still like Morrison and think he can be a solid bench player of 20-25 minutes per game, and Davidson is a solid bench player as a PF for 10-15 minutes. This team has lots of promise, and next year can be special for us. But I see major decisions having to be made, and I'm curious what my fellow Bobcat fans think of how we approach the decisions.