NBA Roundtable

Bucks Talking Extension With Salmons

In Free Agency, General NBA on May 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports

It’s clear the Milwaukee Bucks want guard John Salmons in their lineup again next season.Bucks general manager John Hammond confirmed Thursday that he has discussed a contract extension with Salmons and his agent, Joel Bell.

Hammond would not discuss specifics of the offer, but it is believed the Bucks have offered a maximum extension that would include Salmons’ opt-in year and three additional years for a total of nearly $27 million.

John Hammond adding

“He did a great job for us,” Hammond said at a season-ending news conference held at the Bucks’ Cousins Center headquarters.

“He was integral in where we ended up, the fact we won 46 games, made it to the playoffs and went to seven games (against Atlanta in the opening round). Give him a lot of credit for what he did for our organization.”

Salmons was acquired in a February trade deadline deal with Chicago and made an instant impact. He averaged 19.9 points in 30 games for the Bucks and led the team in scoring 16 times. The Bucks went 22-8 after his arrival and secured the sixth-seeded spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

He also averaged 17.0 points against the third-seeded Hawks in a tightly contested postseason series that concluded Sunday with Atlanta’s Game 7 victory.

The Contract Extension

  • 2010/11 — $5.81 million
  • 2011/12 — $6.42 million
  • 2012/13 — $7.03 million
  • 2013/14 — $7.64 million
  • Total — $26.9 million

Good Deal, Bad Deal?

I think it’s a bad move to sign Salmons to a four year contract to the equivalent of the MLE. He is too undependable a player to sign for the lengthily a period (streaky, inconsistent, unreliable). Salmons is already 30 years old too.

I think Milwaukee should let him walk + keep the additional cap flexibility heading into the summer of 2011.

Summer of 2011

  • Andrew Bogut – $12 million
  • Charlie Bell – $4.1 million
  • Carlos Delfino – non-guaranteed contract – $3.5 million
  • Brandon Jennings – $2.49 million
  • Ersan Ilyasova – $2.54 million
  • 2010 draft pick + 2011 draft pick ~~ $3.3 million

An preliminary total of $22.3 million for three players and two draft picks (five players) or a total of $27.93 million for five players and two draft picks (seven players).

  • Mbah a Moute ~~ $4 milllion
  • Salmons ~~ $6.42 million

Signing Mbah a Moute and John Salmons to contract extensions would add another $10.42 million to the payroll, lifting our totals to $32.72 million to $38.35 million.

Add on cap holds for empty roster spots and the payroll rises to $35.22 million to $39.85 million.

Assuming a cap of somewhere between $55 and $60 million … the Bucks would have between $15 million and $25 million in cap space. Enough for one max contract signing and possibly one role player or one impact player if Milwaukee is willing to cut Ilyasova + Delfino and if they get lucky with a high cap.

Personally, I would rather have the cap space than John Salmons + would be pursuing every angle to getting Charlie Bell off my payroll.

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