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Courtesy of ShamSports salary page: http://www.shamsports.com/content/pages/data/salaries/magic.jsp
I'm looking at this roster and salary cap situation and trying to figure out how in the hell we can fix the mess that Otis Smith put us in.
I don't want to lose Dwight as he is one of my favorite players in the league and one of the few "good guys" left but I look at this roster and can't figure out a way to make things right.
I figure the only way it works out is the following things occur:
1. The 2011-2012 NBA season is cancelled due to the lockout.
This will automatically shave off a year off of those poison pill contracts of Gilbert Arenas and Hedo Turkoglu. This way we play Arenas in 2012 - 2013 season and he becomes an expiring contract that summer. Hedo also gets the same treatment and is only guaranteed $6 million in the final year of his expiring contract.
It also makes it easier to re-sign Dwight since 2 - 3 years of hell playing with Arenas and Turk and getting bounced out of the first round doesn't sound very appealing while a quick 1 year of hell and trading Areans/Turk might not sound as bad.
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Looks much more manageable now doesnt it? A cancelled 2011 - 2012 might end up being a blessing in disguise.
2. The new CBA makes it much less desirable for Dwight Howard to opt out of the final year of his contract.
Who knows the new CBA might lower the max salary down to $12 million? Maybe Dwight looks at the new amount he would be paid with the new CBA and figures to play out the last year of his contract ala Carlos Boozer with the Jazz. This would give us ample opportunity to say "hey look Dwight, we have TONS of expiring contracts to trade for a superstar next to you. Please sign an extension." At least this would give us time.
3. The new CBA has an amnesty clause that allows you to cut a players contract and not have it count against your salary cap whatsoever.
Bye Bye Arenas. It's been real.
4. Gilbert Arenas has a rebirth (25 ppg) and has the best season of his career next to Dwight.
I don't count on this happening whatsoever since I don't trust Arenas knees anymore but theres always hope that he could pull a Sam Cassell (w/ the T-wolves) and revitalize his career since he did average 29 ppg in a season. Seems like forever ago.
5. Dwight Howard opts out of the final year of his contract after a cancelled 2011 - 2012 season and signs a new max contract with the Magic.
Say the whole 11/12 season is cancelled. Who would Dwight sign with when the Magic are so close to rebuilding and have $40+ million in expiring contracts to trade for a superstar on a non-playoff team looking to save money and rebuild? He has always said he wants to stay in Orlando and win a championship instead of pulling a LeBron type fiasco and leaving to someone elses team to win a ring. The Magic front office could easily put together a quick rebuilding plan in order to convince Dwight to sign the contract extension.
Just some ideas so far. Is there any that you could add to the mix???