NBA Roundtable

2010 Cap Space: Sacramento

In Free Agency, General NBA, Trade Talk on December 11, 2009 at 5:55 pm

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Sacramento Kings Salaries

Contracts above $5 million

  • Kevin Martin – $10.6 million
  • Andres Nocioni – $6.85 million
  • Beno Udrih – $6.48 million
  • Francisco Garcia – $5.5 million

Kevin Marin, Andres Nocioni and Beno Udrih each have three years remaining on their contracts. Garcia has four years left on his deal. The final year of both Garcia’s + Nocioni’s contracts are team options.

These four players total $29.43 million.

Rest Of Team’s Salaries

  • Tyreke Evans – $3.88 million
  • Spencer Hawes – $2.97 million
  • Jason Thompson – $2.18 million
  • Omri Casspi – $1.25 million
  • Donte Greene – $930k

All five players are on rookie scale contracts. Hawes will be entering the final year of his contract.

Those contracts amount to $11.21 million and take the Kings total up to $40.64 million.

Other Costs

  • Draft Picks — The Kings will have another lottery pick on their hands. It’s unclear where this pick will land … currently the Kings are on track to pickup a low lottery pick but it’s uncertain whether they can continue that pace. For now, let’s assume a pick in the 5-8 range and that comes with a cap hold of $2.07 to $2.7 million.
  • Open Roster Spots — The Kings will have ten used roster spots at that point so they’ll have a cap charge of $950k for the two empty slots.

That gives us a new total of $43.66-to-$44.29 million.

The Cap

The league sent out a memo at the beginning of free agency this year citing these numbers as possible cap figures for 2010

The NBA’s ballyhooed free-agent summer of 2010 might have quietly taken another hit late Tuesday night.

In a memo announcing next season’s salary cap and luxury-tax threshold, sent out shortly before the league’s annual July moratorium on signings and trades was lifted at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, NBA teams also received tentative projections from the league warning that the cap is estimated to drop to somewhere between $50.4 million and $53.6 million for the 2010-11 season.

2010 Cap Space

So, the Kings have a payroll of $43.7 to $44.3 million versus a cap of between $50.4 and $53.6 million … leaving the Kings with between $6-to-$10 million in cap space next offseason.

Kings Free Agency Options

#1 — The Kings need to trim some fat

Nocioni + Udrih + Garcia = a combined $18.9 million and they’re all on the books for a couple more years.

If the Kings could remove those poor contracts and free up that extra cap space … their future would look vastly different.

#2 — If Sacramento fails to create additional cap space then they shouldn’t spend a penny in long money.

They lack elite talent and wasting their cap space on another midlevel or slightly above MLE talent will only serve as an impediment long term (unless they find an exceptional, and I mean exceptional, talent for that money).

The Kings will be better served by holding tight and trying to build through the draft.

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  1. Hi Dave,

    I think it is at the Draft where the Kings should concentrate the most because they could add in some good young talent in an already potential roster. Not sure how they plan to do that but removing players like NOCIONI and UDRIH may not be wise as these guys have experienced and have proven their worth to the team this season. The young players can gain something out of them.

    Hopefully this season they might make it back into the play offs even if its going to be one of the lowest spot. By virtue of being there is already a great achievement for this franchise considering what they accomplish last season.

  2. Hey John,

    I have to watch the Kings play more this season … I haven’t seen much of them.

    I tried to catch their last three games but something has come up at the last moment each time … Eventually, I’ll get a chance to see more of them!

    The Kings record has been really impressive here in the first quarter of the season.

    Noce + Udrih

    That said, I can’t see how keeping Nocioni and Udrih will help the Kings in the long term. They’re solid role players who do improve the Kings but they’re also the difference between Sacramento getting in another All-Star caliber player or not. That player could easily be the difference between Sacramento maxing out as a 50-55 win team down the road versus having enough talent to mount serious challenge for NBA Titles.

    As a team improves it (1) gets less valuable draft picks (2) loses it’s cap flexibility … the result is that it becomes much harder for a team to acquire high level talents (All-Star caliber players or better) down the road.

    Sacramento can take a short term view on the situation and keep Nocioni + Udrih who are helping the team in the present tense … or they can try to acquire a greater talent now, since the opportunity is there, and build for the long term.

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