Someone should sticky this to the top as it's getting closer to the trade deadline, and were halfway done with the season so people may be interested in what kind of salary were looking at for next season.
They don't have Blake's extension in there, but add in another what, 15-18 mill a year for that. So were looking at like 46 million dollars tied up in Blake, DJ, Grant Hill, Butler, Crawford and Bledsoe. With team options for Trey and Willie Green.
CP3 is likely to re-sign with us eating up almost all of the remaining cap space. I am not sure but I think if Hill retires, he forfeits his salary for next season. I would fully expect him to retire if we won the NBA Championship, as I think Chancey would as well. But he's not on the books for next year.
Who do you think the team will bring back next season? Who do you think will come back if offered a contract? I would fully suspect that the Clippers bring back Matt Barnes. He was here years ago, was a Laker for years and I imagine he lives in the LA area. He's been fantastic off the bench for us and could move into a starters role at SG or SF depending on the situation.
Bledsoe is a restricted FA I believe, there is trade talk surrounding him and he could get offered a giant contract we can't match from somewhere else. Not 100% positive, but I think we can match the contract offer and go over the cap.
If we matched any offer Bledsoe got, say in the range of 6-9 mill a year we'd have to take on veterans to play for the min. But we'd have a core team of CP3, DJ, Bledsoe, Griffin, Crawford, Butler, Hill ( possibly ), and options to pick up Green and Thompkins. That'd be a 9 man team.
Would Lamar Odom wanna come back and play for chump change? I think, given his progress and his want to stay in LA he could. But looking at the salaries that expire, Lamar's fat contract, along with multiple other players on the team making 3 mill or less with expiring contracts, we could move a few veterans for a solid player. Even if it's a 1 year rental.
So take a look at it folks, I'm off to bed. Keep Bledsoe!