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If you want to rebuild…(pt III)

It’s not enough to have a sequel – there needs to be a trilogy. And this trilogy goes big.

In part one, a Utah, Dallas, Charlotte trade saves the Bobcats: $26 million dollars.
In part two, with the Bobcats sending Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace to Dallas, while playing the villian to Jason Terry, Charlotte conceivably saves between $28 and $33 million dollars.
In part three – prepare.to.be.blown.away.

$50 million

Here’s how:

The Bobcats could go for broke and clear Diaw, Jax, and Crash

In this deal, the Bobcats deal away three big contracts, but attached to players who can contribute – I’m not dumping “un-tradeable” assets like Diop’s contract – this is Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson, and Boris Diaw moving on. Here’s how the savings breaks out:

-The Bobcats send out $27.9 million in salary this year, bring back just $22.1 million. Savings of $2.9 million through the end of the season.
-Of the players coming to Charlotte, only Mahinmi and Turiaf potentially remain after this year – Mahinmi has an unguaranteed deal for next year at about $1 million and Turiaf has a player option for almost $4.4 million.
-Of the players leaving Charlotte, the Bobcats send out:

  • Boris Diaw – player option for next year at $9 million
  • Stephen Jackson – 2 years, $19.3 million remaining
  • Gerald Wallace – 1 year and then a player option year remaining, $21 million total

In total, the Bobcats would be sending out contracts with $49.3 million dollars remaining on them and remain with contracts of just over $5 million – so long-term savings of $44 million dollars.   So, where’s the $50 million above come from:  Well, Turiaf’s next year is a player option that he could conceivably skip out on – team’s are always looking for big men and Turiaf is a decent backup big who can start in a pinch (as he is doing currently for the Knicks) – so if Ronny decided to get the security of a longer deal elsewhere and the Cats wavied Mahinmi before his contract becomes guaranteed, the Bobcats would be back up to that $49.3 million number – no, it’s not $50 million – but it sounds a lot better.

Does this seem like something you would be interested in? I got real answers from real people this time:
New York (Mike from KnickerBlogger.net):

Don’t really see the Knicks going for this. At least I truly hope they don’t. Jason Terry is a good player, but D’Antoni isn’t fond of tweener point guards. He’s also 33 years old, so he’s clearly on the decline. And I don’t know if the team is willing to give up on Turiaf.  Although he’s a bit player, the Knicks are short at true center.

New York will probably look for another big man to play behind Stoudemire/Turiaf/Chandler. Add behind that a pure PG.

If D’Antoni and Walsh strike out on other free agents, AND if D’Antoni is really unhappy with Toney Douglas. I could see Terry perhaps in a Barbosa-like role.  In the end I don’t think it fits with their long term plans though.

Dallas (Rob Mahoney of The Two Man Game):

For the Mavs, I think it hinges very much on Cuban’s willingness to pay the rest of Jackson’s contract. The pieces make sense in the wake of Butler’s injury, but that’s a huge contract to swallow.

Charlotte (Me):

I wouldn’t have included it if I didn’t think there was a chance the Bobcats would do it – yes, it trims the team down and removes the core veterans.  But if that core is only good enough for a low playoff seed, then isn’t the thing to do blow it up and start again?  This would clear the way to give Tyrus Thomas, Gerald Henderson, Derrick Brown, Ian Mahinmi and Ronny Turiaf a chance to show if they should be part of the future in Charlotte.  Hollinger’s tool projects this move to cost the Bobcats 13 wins – considering the Bobcats have just 12 nearly half way through the season, that seems a bit high.  Saving $40 million and getting a fresh start may be worth it anyway though.

That’s what I’ve got so far – maybe a new potential trade partner will pop-up and give the opportunity for more of these exercises.  Most likely the Bobcats ride things out to a bit closer to the trade deadline and see if anyone will offer decent value for a guy (not 2 or 3) who can contribute to a team in the playoffs.  Going big was way more fun though.