edbballin, as always, follow the money. Oak & Kaman make about 26 mill together, with an increase built in for Oak next year. Thats a huge percent of the salary cap, & Gordon is looking for a max deal. A late 1st or early 2nd big could be had for a fraction of current costs, allowing the FO more flexibility to make other deals to improve the roster. Oak & Kaman = 26+ mill. Davis or Drummond + some other late 1st early 2nd big = 5 or 6 mill or less. Much less money, much more potential.
Good post. With my thoughts, I took into consideration that Kaman would take a pay cut next starting next year. I was thinking his salary would drop in the $7 mill range. Basically his salary would slide into the same cost as Ariza, who we would have to ship out if we brought in Barnes. With most of the other players (not named Gordon, Jack) still on rookie deals, or cheap deals, I think we could make it work plus still have some cap space. Plus where would we need to sign another player? Also, consider we have MINN's pick that I am not even considering here that can plug a hole in an area of need, as well as what we get for Ariza. Look at what we'd have: PG- Jack, Vasquez SG- Gordon, Henry SF- Barnes, Aminu PF/C- Okafor, Kaman, Ayon, Smith *Again, this doesn't include what we do with our 2nd 1st round pick (MINN) or what we get from an Ariza trade. In addition, I'd bet we could bring back Landry at a discount if we chose to. (Over)Paying him $9 mill this year was our downpayment for that option.