The Goal: Get the cap to around 40 million next year
Step 1:DO NOT RE-SIGN RICHARDSON! That needs to happen either way, He doesn't fit in SVG's system. That puts us roughly at 74 million for this season and 75 million for next.
Step 2: Package Jammer Nelson (good player/great contract) and Hedo (average player/ TERRIBLE contract) for a expiring contracts that total 18 million.
Yeah not easy. New York has Billups 14 million coming off the books.With a couple more throw in 1 year guys. They could be interested in Nelson.He is easily an upgrade over Billups this year and has the offense to thrive in that system. Hedo could be seen a key reserve for them as a backup to both Anthony and Amare. This makes the most sense to me.
Clippers have Kaman and Foye's contract totaling 16 million. They could have a slight interest. Something tells me they want the cap space though to try and lure in Deron or Dwight.
I doubt Cleveland goes for it since they will probably covet cap space but Jamison's 15 million is expiring and they should realize no high priced free agents are going to Cleveland. Nelson could be their star. And... yeah that's it. Those are our options in getting rid of Hedo. Fun huh!!!
Step 3: If Otis Smith somehow proves to not be a bumbling idiot and succeeds with Step 2 then we will be sitting at 57 million next year. Unless Gilbert gets mixed up with the Russian mob and "disappears" we are gonna have to amnesty him. 57-20 = 37 million!!!
Mission Accomplished! Then Dwight and Paul could sign here with contracts that resemble what LeBron and Wade did. Not quite MAX because they will need the space to fill out the rest of the roster with decent players