Re: Gerald Wallace
posted at 7/22/2014 3:13 PM EDT
In response to Eldunker's comment:
Wallace has no positive trade now and would have none even if his game slightly improved. His body is worn out. He had knee surgery in March on top of a bad ankle injury. He is on the deep downside twilight of his career. and MOST IMPORTANTLY, He is not remotely part of the rebuild.
Therefore giving him any relevant minutes will have no positive impact and the only thing that will accomplish is take away important development time for younger future core players.
If Danny doesn't trade him, he will likely just eat the contract. The stretch provision of spreading his contract in $4M chunks over the next 5 years doesn't make sense anymore since Danny is committed to the longer term draft rebuild. It would only hamper the Cs in years 3-5.
So, I expect Wallace to ride the bench this year with nothing to lose. We're not going anywhere. Next year, his remaining $10M contract becomes an expiring one with some attractive value in a trade.
Have to disagree with you Eldunker regarding the stretch for Wallace.
If anything, it makes more sense to stretch him now that the majority of Celtic player contracts average 4 years and $3-5MM/yr. Once Thornton, Bass, Green and most likely Rondo have been flipped there will be nothing but cap space going forward.
Losing $10MM/yr over the next two provides more flexibility to sign or trade for big contracts as needed should an opportunity arise. Most of the big name free agents will be available now through early 2016. Sure Wallace's contract will expire in 2016 but by then his cap space could be worthless if the best player options are already gone. The $4MM cap hit in 2016-18 with a higher team salary will look like peanuts compared to the average player salary after the new media contracts are signed by the NBA.
If a deal to flip him with another player isn't made this summer he s/b waived/stretched before the season begins.