••• DALLAS MAVERICKS •••
• Roster (under contract w/o team ability to remove) on June 2012: Nowitzki (21m), Marion (8.4m), Haywood (8.3m)
• Total Salary $37.7 million = Total Cap Space: $20.3 *does not include cap holds or options
• Because Dallas has not used its amnesty provision they can waive Brendan Haywood's $8.3 million contract, giving Dallas $28.6 million of cap space to split between Howard and DWill or $14.3 million each.
*they can amnesty Shawn Marion's $8.4million contract giving Dallas $28.7 million of cap space to split between Howard and DWill or $14.35 million each. This would allow them to trade center Brendan Haywood's ($8.3) + Dallas will also have Rodrigue Beabois and Dominique Jones on small (2 yr) team option contracts so those could be included with Haywood and that should net them a very solid player in return.
• Possible roster additions: Lamar Odom (8.1 Team Option) - but can't be used if using cap space for DWill/D12
The Dallas roster with entire cap used + available $3m MLE + available min/vet contracts would be:
(PG) D Williams / ?
(G) ? / ?
(SF) S Marion* /
(PF) D Nowitzki /
(C) D Howard / ?
*** It is very likely Jason Kidd and Jason Terry would resign for vet minimum
• highest rated franchise in terms of market strength (link)
• Warm climate
• 4th largest metropolitan area in US (after NY, LA , Chicago)
• Dallas/Fort Worth is the 5th-largest media market in the United States (after NY, LA, Chicago, SF/Oak) – Orlando is 13th
• Deron Williams is from Dallas
••• BROOKLYN NETS •••
• Roster (under contract w/o team ability to remove) in June 2012: Farmar (4.25m) Morrow (4m) Brooks (1.2) Williams (3.2) Petro (3.5m) = Total Salary $16.15 m = Cap Space: $41.85m *does not include cap holds or options
• Nets have used their amnesty provision
• Nets can offer both DWill and Dwight Howard max deals ($16.3m) and still have 9.25m cap space available
• Possible roster additions: D James (1.3 TO), B Lopez (RFA), K Humphries (UFA-bird)
The Brooklyn roster + 9.25m cap space + 5.75m MLE + min/vet contracts:
(PG) D Will / J Farmar
(SG) A Morrow / M Brooks
(SF) S Williams /
(PF) ? / Petro
(C) D Howard / B Lopez (RFA)
• New arena and essentially a new franchise in legendary borough of Brooklyn
• endless entertainment industry and media attention to satisfy Howard's thirst for that
• its New York City - Dwight and Deron are both young millionaires ...
••• ORLANDO MAGIC •••
• Roster (under contract w/o team ability to remove) in June 2012: Nelson (7.9m), Duhon (4.0m), Q Rich (2.6), JRich (5.8m), Hedo (11.4), Harper (1.2), Clarke (1.0), Orton (1.2) = Total Salary $35.1million = 22.9 million Cap Space *does not include cap holds or options
• Orlando has used its amnesty provision
• Orlando has Bird rights for R Anderson (RFA) and D Howard (UFA)
• Earl Clarke and Jameer Nelson have Player Options
• Possible roster additions: JJ Redick (6.1 TO), R Anderson (RFA-bird)
The Orlando roster with entire cap space used + 3m MLE + min/vet contracts :
(PG) J Nelson / C Duhon
(SG) J Rich / Q Rich / JJ Redick (TO)
(SF) H Turkoglu / J Harper
(PF) G Davis / E Clarke / R Anderson (RFA)
(C) D Howard / D Orton
• Florida has no state tax (individual)
• warm climate
EDIT: Deron Williams speaks about his free agency (big market vs small market) -
NY Daily News Link (1/1/2012)
Williams said he’s never been advised by Nike on how a location would boost his marketing value, and he doesn’t envision himself commanding the type of cachet that reportedly landed Derrick Rose a $250 million deal with Adidas, even as Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is promising global stardom. Without such a lucrative endorsement deal, Williams hinted that the high cost of living in New York — where he rents a SoHo townhouse — offsets the smaller monetary bonuses of playing in a big market.
“I’m sure I could make a couple more hundreds of thousands or something like that a year (on endorsements), or maybe a $1 million per year,” said the 27-year-old, who is married with four children. “But you could go somewhere in Florida or Texas and you’re not losing 8% state tax, plus you don’t have a city tax, plus the cost of living isn’t two times higher than anywhere else.”
...ultimately it relies on something that’s eluded the Nets the last five years. “Win. That’s the only thing I can think of,” he said. “I’m already averaging 20 and 10.”