What are some moves you would make as a GM that you think would turn out great but would be head-scratcher's at the time? Much like if you would have traded Rudy Gay at the beginning of the season for Prince and Ed Davis. You can do any move that would potentially set your team up for cap space or be more competitive. Really any move that could benefit your team at a reasonable price. No Lebron for Metta World trades, legit moves that could help both organizations or even a rule change that could help the League.
Hopefully this will turn into a forum topic for people to post things would would do or consider if they were a GM that are also unorthodox. Hopefully this won't be a neg fest forum but that may be asking a lot around here lately.
Mine is helping the Cav's secure a long term playoff sustainability and hopefully a championship down the road. In a effort to keep the core of the Cav's youngsters growing together and happy while still keeping flexibility for the summer of 2013, I would keep the payroll under 36 million dollars if possible for the entire next year. Unless a great deal comes your way like the deal for Speights and a pick for John Leuer. This would allow the current core to grow and feel out the bench with guys on the cheap like CJ Miles (2 mil), Alonzo Gee (3 mil), whoever they can low ball after the big names go this year and maybe a amnesty guy plus at least two first rounders. I think they could be in play for the back end of the lottery next year but in 2014, with some additions via free agency (you know who) or not, they can have a chance at a top 4-5 seed like the Warriors this year.
If they keep the payroll at say 36 million then the players on their roster would receive a 20 percent boost in pay because thats 4/5ths the 54 million dollar cap floor teams are required to spend under the CBA. From what I understand if you don't reach the 54 or so million the money would go the the current roster up to that amount. I don't know if that its split evenly or if it goes by percentage of salary the player holds. It would create a incentive for guys to maybe eventually be happier in a small market and show ownership really cares about its players as Byron Scott talked about prior to the Thunder game tonight. It would also make it more likely that Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and whatever top 5 pick (Bazz, Noel, Zeller, Len) we get this year would be willing to take a bit less than what the max they could get as they approach the open market. A twenty percent bump in the rookie pay scale or the low level deals that they have out now would be a nice gesture. I mean if I was Speights and I have a 4.5 million dollar option in the summer, I would be more inclined to pick it up if it turned out to really be 6 million.
Certainly winning would be better but throwing money at guys isn't a foolproof idea either. I say build a solid low income high promise and potential base and they will come, even to Cleveland.
After reading I guess 36/54ths is actually 4/6ths and everybody could get a 33% boost in pay or split 18 million 12 to 15 ways. B-Diddy comes off this year so they will be well below the cap. I'm offering Josh Smith the max, I'm talking 94 for 5 years this summer. He can use it to bait somebody else into overpaying him or take it and we can overpay him. A front court of Smith, TT, Zeller, Speights and Varejao with or without Speights is one of the top 6 in the League. Match it with a back court of Kyrie, Waiters, McLemore/Bazz is a top 6 seed next year. I'm offering to Smith because the more teams overpay for guys now like Batum (who the Cavs reportedly offered more than Minny), Ersan, etc. the more we can eventually get a guy to come in because nobody is left with space or are rebuilding.
I kinda get what your saying with what to do. I'm a Mavs fan and when next off season rolls around and we don't get that Dwight Howard/CP3 fee agent , I think we really need to trade Dirk and rebuild. If we trade Dirk we need to be able to get a good draft pick for this class sense it will probably be easy to get but mainly need to trade for draft picks for the 2014 draft class.Yes that means taking for a year , but in that year we need to get younger players and see how they develop and let OJ take over that team.Of course we wanna take badly to get a Wiggons/Parker/Randle type player that can be our next franchise player and just go up from there.
I think a lot of teams are going to try tanking for Wiggins/Parker/Randle and maybe WCStein/Glen Rob3 if they don't enter this year. We might even see an all star like Dirk traded primarily for an unprotected pick. That Pistons top one protected pick the BobCats have is gold for 2014, somebody would take Tyrus Thomas off there hands for that alone. Dallas is in a tough spot if they don't get CP3 or Dwight with Josh Smith.
But remember Al Jefferson (potential high/low with Dirk), Bynum and Pekovic are out there, besides they could resign Kamen. If they want to move Dirk its going to be tough because he makes 20+ million next year. Not that many clubs can absorb that much money. I would love to see Dirk play with Z Bo or the Gasol's with the Mav's or somewhere else.
The Mav's will have ample space this summer because they wanted that to be the case so bad only giving guys one year deals and all.