First, accept that I'm rosterbating. It's July 1, I'm bored, it's hotter than a motherfucker here (or it's just sort of still air which is weird), and well I'm still kind of bored. I can't take a walk and mumble to myself while staring at WASP's in Land Park. So here I am.
Next, accept that I am hypothesizing that A) the Kings can work out a Sign and Trade scenario for Andre Iguodala (the only way the Kings can acquire him) and figure out a trade that Houston is happy with for Omer Asik. This takes some real doing. And it will take some serious cap gymnastics to pull off.
First after the jump…..
Money time! Via Sham Sports (as always):
|Aaron Brooks *||$674,196||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$674,196|
|Total w/o options||$42,019,855||$30,571,250||$6,431,250||$6,825,000||$0|
|Tyreke Evans||$13,129,563||250% of previous salary|
|James Johnson||$7,030,015||250% of previous salary|
|Toney Douglas||$5,169,700||250% of previous salary|
|Cole Aldrich||$3,245,152||What his salary would have been were his 4th year option exercised|
|#7 pick *||$2,413,300||100% of rookie scale salary for that pick|
|Total cap holds:||$30,987,730||Total amount of all them cap holds.|
|Total salary inc. cap holds & options:||$73,007,585||Total salary if all options are exercised, including cap holds.|
|Total salary inc. cap holds, without options:||$73,007,585||Total salary if all options are declined, including cap holds.|
Okay, the real important number is just to the top of this sentence: 73,007,585$$. That means that unless the Kings renounce Ben McLemore (won't happen), Tyreke Evans (also won't happen), there is no way the Kings can automatically get under the cap.
In otherwords, my reference to cap gymnastics up top. It's going to take quite a bit of aforementioned gymnastics to pull this off. And it's likely it won't even happen. But hey, pipe dreams are fun! Let's re-configure this thing again so that we can get a better idea of how to modify this roster.
|Tyreke Evans||$13,129,563 (Cap Hold)||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$0|
|Aaron Brooks *||$674,196||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$674,196|
|Total w/ Cap Holds||$58,535,558||$30,571,250||
Even though in this table I have Ray McCollum as "unguaranteed" for the upcoming season, the reality is his contract is probably guaranteed anyway (or at least I suspect so). The more important part is that it doesn't matter anyway as the roster charge for an undrafted/2nd round pick would be the same as McCallum's salary in this scenario. However, the more important part is that right now, assuming no amnesty, trades or anything else, and with Tyreke's cap hold and McLemore/McCollum now factored in, the Kings are right at the cap. The Kings have no cap room despite what is said.
But wait a minute, you said that the Kings could acquire Iguodala and Asik, yes?
Of course. I said that. Here's how.
Amnesty John Salmons
That's the only way the Kings can pull it off. While I'm not crazy about amnestying Salmons as I still believe he has value to this roster moving forward (despite the negative fan reaction towards him), I also believe that if you can acquire a high quality interior defensive presence like Omer Asik, you have to do that. Thus amnesty'ing Salmons is mandatory.
Of course, this is all predicated upon the idea that the Rockets are seriously trying to move Omer Asik because they think Dwight Howard is in the bag. I'm not buying that until it really happens, but that's me. But for the sake of this exercise, I'm going to pretend I believe it so. Although, I suggest reading Berger's piece about this summer. It's worth doing so.
At any rate, moving on, Omer Asik is making 8.37 million next season, and the Kings would, in theory, be freeing up 7.583 million in cap space to get Asik. Let's say the salary cap is set at 58.5 million (as it's rumored to be at right now).
Trade Isaiah Thomas
Let's say the Kings trade Isaiah Thomas for Omer Asik. Yes, it would take amnestying Salmons and trading Thomas to do so, but it isn't that worth it to get a badly needed interior defensive presence?
Sign and Trade for Andre Igoudala using……
Aye, this is the rub. What are the players that Denver woudl take back in a S&T for Iguodala? Great question, and I imagine there are not necessarily a ton of players that might be in Denver's interest.
The answer is I have no idea. And that's the problem in this scenario.
The only way I think the Kings can realistically pull this off is to get Denver to agree and to a Sign and Trade. The Nuggets already have Ty Lawson, Danilo Galinari, JaVale McGee, Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Andre Miller among others.
Exactly what do the Kings have that they can realistically offer Denver of value? Especially since the Nuggets traded for Darrell Arthur on draft night (for Kostas Koufos), I'm not really sure what the Kings even have that would entice the Nuggets here.
This is the problem that Pete D'Alessandro has. He could probably pull off an Omer Asik trade OR an Andre Iguodala sign and trade, but probably not both. I could see, strangely enough, the Nuggets being interested in John Salmons in part because he's a big Guard and wouldn't cost them much long term as he's only guaranteed about 8.538 million over the next 2 seasons. (His final season is only guaranteed for a million dollars.)
The problem is that you can't acquire Omer Asik as of this moment, only DeMarcus Cousins and John Salmons are even eligible to be amnestied. (Nobody would amnesty Cousins unless they were crazy.)
Can't happen. Or it most likely won't. The only way a sign and trade with Denver can happen is if A) they are willing to take some pieces back of the Kings for Iguodala A) and B), none of them include John Salmons.
Additionally, if that equation wasn't complex enough, and it's incredibly complex on it's own, this all has to be done in order. The Kings could amnesty Salmons and trade for Asik while working out a deal with the Nuggets. That kind of flexibility is certainly available. If anything, any trade with the Nuggets in this scenario would certainly include that.
If the Kings don't amnesty Salmons, and trade for Asik first, they can't pull off a sign and trade with the Nuggets that likely doesn't eat up cap room the Kings have that would make pulling off the Asik trade even doable.
None of this mentions that the Kings can't trade a 1st or 2nd round pick any time soon to Denver to sweeten the pot for the Nuggets to do this deal. That's because of the conditional pick traded to Cleveland in the JJ Hickson deal.
To summarize, here is the order Pete D'Alessandro would have to pull off retaining Tyreke Evans, and acquiring Andre Iguodala and Omer Asik.
Sign Evans at some point to any number amount less than the cap hold.
Amnesty John Salmons and trade an existing player for Omer Asik. (Probably would be Isaiah Thomas as he has the best value in relation to his contract on the team.)
Configure a sign and trade Denver agrees to with Iguodala agreeing to the money the Kings giving him.
Welcome to Pete D'Alessandro's world. And it's one messy complicated world that probably won't work out. If there is anybody that can do this, it's probably Pete D'Alessandro. And he's crazy and smart enough to be able to possibly pull it off. Here's hoping to inteligent loopiness!!!!
Until next time, I suppose.