NBA Roundtable

2010 Cap Space: Sacramento

In General NBA on June 23, 2010 at 11:19 pm

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Sacramento Kings Salaries

Contracts above $5 million

  • Sam Dalembert – $13.28 million
  • Beno Udrih – $6.48 million
  • Francisco Garcia – $5.5 million

Sam Dalembert has an expiring contract. Beno Udrih each has three years remaining on their contracts while Fransisco Garcia has four years left on his deal.

These four players total $25.26 million.

Rest Of Team’s Salaries

  • Tyreke Evans – $3.88 million
  • Carl Landry – $3 million
  • Jason Thompson – $2.18 million
  • Omri Casspi – $1.25 million
  • Donte Greene – $930k

Four of those players are still on their rookie scale contracts with the exception of Carl Landry who is entering the final year of his deal and is set for a major pay rise.

Those contracts amount to $11.24 million and take the Kings total up to $36.5 million.

Other Costs

  • Draft Picks — The Kings hold the #5 pick which comes with a cap hold of $2.81 million.
  • Open Roster Spots — The Kings will have nine used roster spots at that point so they’ll have a cap charge of $1.425 million for the three empty slots.

That gives us a new total of $40.74 million.

The Cap

David Stern recently announced

NBA commissioner David Stern said on Friday that the league is projecting the cap to come in at about $56.1 million. The actual number won’t be determined until early July, before teams can begin officially signing players.

Though that figure would still be lower than this season’s $57.7 million cap, it’s far better than estimates from last summer, when the league sent a memo to teams warning them of a potential sharp drop to between $50.4 million to $53.6 million.

2010 Cap Space

So, the Kings have $15.36 million in cap space this summer.

Summer Options

Sacramento have the following

  • An elite player/prospect in the backcourt with Tyreke Evans. Someone who is capable of being the leading figure offensively for the next decade
  • An excellent fourth option in Carl Landry
  • A defensive anchor and high level rebounder in Sam Dalembert
  • A very good role player in Omri Casspi who can play both wing spots
  • A combo big with some potential in Jason Thompson who can give Sacramento a three player big man rotation
  • A high lottery pick which will likely net them DeMarcus Cousins who is a very good low post offensive player + rebounder.

So, Sacramento appears to have their top dog + a big man rotation in place.

Consequently, Sacramento should turn their attentions to acquiring a second star player and leading scorer on the perimeter via free agency this summer. Preferably a young player. That brings only one man to mind — Rudy Gay.

If Sacramento cannot acquire Rudy Gay, I would like to see them keep their cap flexibility and do the following

  • Try to dump Beno Udrih + Fransisco Garcia to create an additional $11-12 million in cap flexibility.
  • Wait for Sam Dalembert’s to expire

That would leave Sacramento with around $22 million in guaranteed salaries heading into the 2011 offseason ($30 or so million in cap space). It would also leave them with a core of Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins, Omric Casspia, Jason Thompson and a 2011 lottery pick.

The Kings should also be aggressive in trying to trade their expiring contracts and possibly some prospects/picks to acquire elite talent in the trade market. Both in the offseason, during the season and next summer.

The most important thing here is not to waste their cap flexibility. Good drafting, a high lottery pick and cap flexibility has created an excellent chance to build a contender. They need to be patient if the opportunities are not there because they will have more opportunities down the road.

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