Posted by: Jazzaholic on February 25th, 2013The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Before the deadline Utah had the most cap space, with about $25m of the proposed $59m cap already spent, then WAS, CLE, ATL, CHA, DET and MIL.
So, Utah may have as much as $34m, under the cap, to spend resigning their own, or new, free agents. The minimum salary may end up around $53m, meaning the Jazz will be forced to spend around $28m just to fill the roster.
Looking at the other teams with cap space, WAS, CLE, ATL, CHA, DET and MIL, there is no glitter or warm sunshine there. In fact, those places are much worse locations than Utah! So, it’s not like the Jazz are competing against South Beach, Tinsel Town or The Big Apple in spending their cap space.
The big stars like Chris and Dwight will probably stay, where they can be paid more, in LA.
I hope the Jazz will keep a tight hold on their wallet. Bad contracts cause more problems, than good players getting overpaid solve. Short contracts, with team options may not assure the Jazz keeping a high profile player, but usually the big names are at the peak of their careers and ready for a down slide. I would much rather see the Jazz overpay for a short contract, with a team option, than end up with an untradeable contract down the road. Take a Memo: No more Booze and hold the AK-47 ammo.
Time and time again, we see teams getting rid or overpriced, inefficient players, only to see younger, more efficient players, usually getting paid less, step up and the team plays better.
The Jazz will have the Core4, Pogo and a team option on Murphy. Marvin will probably opt in on his $7.5m player option, plus the Jazz have #18, #19 and #48 draft picks. That’s 10 players. If they resign DeMarre, which they should make every effort to do, that puts them at 11 roster spots, unless they make some draft night trades or Marvin opts out.
Maximum flexibility would dictate a 13 player roster, short contracts, with team options, under the cap, near the team minimum salary (90% of the cap).
In fact, the Jazz don’t actually have to make an effort to get to the minimum payroll. If a team doesn’t meet its minimum payroll it is surcharged at the end of the season for the shortfall. That money is distributed among the players on that team.
This, I think, would be an added selling point to players signing a new contract. It also allows the Jazz to pick up good players in salary dumps by luxury tax teams next year.
The willingness of the Jazz to NOT make a move this past trade deadline hopefully indicates this is the path they will pursue.
I would like to get a pleasant surprise, or two, in the playoffs, assuming the Black Mumba doesn’t will his way past the Jazz in the standings and they make the playoffs, pushing the Jazz out.
Then, the Draft and Free Agency should be full of opportunity.
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