The NBA salary cap is projected to be $92 million for the 2016-17 season. The luxury tax is projected as $111 million
Tobias Harris - $17,000,000
Reggie Jackson - $15,000,000
Jodie Meeks - $6,540,000
Aron Baynes - $6,500,000
(Josh Smith stretch) - $5,400,000
Marcus Morris - $5,000,000
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - $3,678,319
Stanley Johnson - $2,969,880
Reggie Bullock - $2,255,644
(Aaron Gray stretch) - $452,059
Non-guaranteed and options:
Joel Anthony - team option for $2,500,000- Accept
Lorenzo Brown - non-guaranteed $1,015,696-Decline
Spencer Dinwiddie - non-guaranteed $980,431-Accept
Darrun Hilliard - partially guaranteed $874,060-Accept
Dinwiddie still has some value, whether it be as trade bait or remain as the 3rd PG on the roster in case of emergency. IF he were ever to have a breakout season this would be the one, last year he actually played a ton of basketball on the D-league level which is much better than sitting on the bench for 82 games. You hope that Spencer can contribute this season, but we will see.
Hilliard will more than likely be given an opportunity to compete for the back-up 2 spot. My hope is that SVG rolls out the balls on the court and Hilliard and Bullock compete for that spot.
That gives Detroit roughly 15 milllion in cap space after the draft picks.
Pick 18- Demetrius Jackson-I do not want any young players that would take a lot of development given that much of our roster is young in nature. Jackson would be a welcomed addition to the team given his ability to drive, score and play off the ball. The main attribute I like of Jackson's is his ability to penetrate and get to the lane, something that all point guards must be able to do to open the game up. In my honest opinion I dont think the Pistons will make a selection here, opting instead to trade the pick but I am not sure what the value of the 18th pick in this years draft holds.
Pick 49-Ben Bentil. This is my sleeper pick, I have high hopes for this guy. Looking at his game and attributes, he resembles Paul Milsap in many ways. He can score in a variety of ways, rebounds well and is considered slightly under-sized for his position. While we already have a slightly undersized PF on the roster, the talent level is too high to pass up on Bentil.
Andre Drummond (QO), Andre will get his max deal, but after all of the other signings are completed.
It is without question that back up PG and PF are the greatest positions of need. To address the PG situation, I think Langston Galloway is the player that we should go after. He a solid PnR player, nice jump shot and a plus defender. Also, while not having play-off success with the Knicks, his ability to play well in New York is a sign of mental toughness. Another option here would be Jennings on a 1 year deal. This wouldn't be a bad option for both parties involved, Jennings gets a year in a system he knows and can work his way back up to a pay-day the following summer. Other options to consider are Sessions and Augustin, but Galloway would be my preferred player in this situation. I think a 3 year 15 million deal would be enough for Galloway.
Anthony Tolliver: If AT wants to accept a 3 mill a year offer that about as much as I would be willing to offer. if anything, he could offer some depth and locker room presence.
Taj Gibson seems to be the odd-man out of the Bulls PF rotation and would be the defender/mid-range shooter that we need coming off the bench. He would bring veteran experience and toughness off the bench, also his rebounding on the 2nd unit would be a big plus. In the time period between the re-signing section of this post and the trades section I have decided to trade away Spencer and Meeks for Gibson and E'Twaun Moore.We would lose 2 mill in cap space after this move but would be well worth it.
PG: Jackson, Galloway, Jackson
SG:KCP, Bullock, Hilliard,Moore
SF: Morris, Johnson
PF:Harris, Gibson, Tolliver, Bentil
C: Drummond, Baynes, Anthony
The main thing I wanted to accomplish with the off-season was to add depth and rely moreso on internal improvements. Most of our core are young guys who just put a full season together, with the exception of Tobias, and now have proper guidance under SVG and can continue to develop. I believe our offensive schemes will be different next year when SVG implements sets with Tobias as the play maker and other players seeing an increased role. The only position that worries me slightly is the depth after KCP, but there is hope that Bullock or Hilliard develop into solid options, and even E'Twaun Moore can compete for that spot. I have 16 on the roster, but whichever of the Bullock, Hilliard, Moore trio finishes last in training camp will be cut, trimming the roster to 15.
Let me know what you think!