Re: Predictions-Celtics lineup next year
posted at 3/26/2012 11:17 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Predictions-Celtics lineup next year
I will take a shot with next years lineup...... Point Guard: Rondo returns as starter unless a major trade was to happen and to be honest if Rondo is moved it blows up all of our predictions. Celtics shell out some money for Goran Dragic (2 years, 7 million). Dragic can play both guard spots (alongside and to spell Rondo). Goran can get hot and plays with great energy. Has played very well as a starter since Lowry went down. Dragic likely won't find a starting job by signing a 2 year deal he hits free agency again at only 26 years old. Bradley returns and is capable of playig point but he is better cast at shooting guard playing with Dragic on the 2nd unit Shooting Guard: Ray Allen walks in free agency (Miami or Clippers or dark horse Thunder sign the classy vet). Celtics sign wing scorer Nick Young in free agency (3 years 17 million). With a PG who averages double digit assists Young could get better looks and wouldn't need to iso as much as he did in Washington to get his hoops. Not his biggest fan but the kid can score. Bradley returns to provide the necessary spark on defense. Pietrus finds work elsewhere while Daniels ponders retirement Small Forward Captain Paul Pierce returns and Jeff Green returns after signing team friendly 1 year deal worth 6Mlion with a player option. Green looks to show he is healthy and ready to continue his NBA career and could opt out and pursue a new contract after the season. Matt Barnes is signed for 1 year ( player option for year two) 2 million dollars Power Forward Kevin Garnett returns to retire a Celtic (2 year 20 million). Unless KG is blown away by another deal I think he returns and the guy can still play. Reggie Evans signs a (1 year 1.5M deal) Evans provides toughness and rebounding * Celtics trade Jujuan Johnson, a signed and trade Brandon Bass (2 years, 14M), and a first round pick (either ours or Clippers) in a 3 team deal that sends Ben Gordon and Brandon Bass to Jazz with our first rouser. Millsap and Johnson land in Detroit and the Celtics land Al Jefferson. Celtics have the cap space to absorb Big Al's contract. Jazz need to free up space and playing time for Favors and Kanter. Bass has been willing to come off the bench in all of his stops. Jazz get a pick, Bass and Gordon to retool with Favors and Kanter. Jazz get help at power forward with Paul Millsap. Celtics use there cap space to absorb Jeffersons contract Center Al Jefferson starts. Tyler Zeller is drafted with the first rounder we don't end up trading. Steimsma is retained also (2 years 2.5 million) Depth chart: PG: Rondo, Dragic, Bradley SG: Young, Bradley SF: Pierce, Green, Barnes PF: Garnett, Green, Evans C: Jefferson, Zeller, Steimsma Outgoing salary (2011-2012 salaries) KG expired 21M, Allen expired 10M, Bass player option declined 4M, Dooling/Wilcox/ONeal/Daniels/Pavlovic/Moore/Pietrus/Steimsma expiring deals combining Roughly 25 million Total expiring: 60 million Added salary for 12-13 Garnett 10M Young 6M Dragic 3.5M Green 6M Barnes 2M Evans 1.5M Jefferson 14M Steamer 1.2M Zellers rookie contract of around 2-3 million replaces Johnsons similar cap hit Total added cap Roughly 47M Celtics pretty much add 1 max contract and don't add any horrible deals. This team is pretty deep also with Green being able to play with Big Al at the 4 spot. Dragic and Bradley would be a nuasance on the 2nd unit and although we would all like a better option than Young he can get hot and be a scorer. The Jefferson deal isn't even unrealistic. We have seen rebuilding teams do crazier things than that and the jazz have two young top 3 picks that they need to see. Zeller could be worth a pickup in round one. Kid played 4 years and is a legit center. Team looks fun and it isn't all that unrealistic. Dragic could very well get a bigger payday but oh we'll I'm a fan of him haha
Posted by Rebels345209
Good idea but the math doesn't work.
Based on your scenario, Boston would still have Pierce, Rondo, Bradley and Moore under contract for a total of $30,183,340. The cap will be between $58m to $60m. Let say Boston has $30m in cap space.
Adding 1st round pick: Approx $1.5m
Adding AL Jefferson: $15m
Adding Garnett: $10m
Adding Dragic: $3.5m
Boston will now be maxed out at the cap.
Boston will have the mini-mid level exception remaining which is about $3m.
You can see why signing the following players will not work. Young $5m, Green $6m, Barnes $2m, Evans $1.5m, Stiemsma $1.25m. Boston could sign Evans and Stiemsma with the mini mid level exception but Young, Green and Barnes would not be able to be signed.