NBA Roundtable

2010 Tax Concerns: Portland

In Free Agency, General NBA, Trade Talk on June 24, 2010 at 3:13 am

Portland Trailblazers Salaries

Contracts Above $5 Million

  • Brandon Roy – $13.15 million
  • LaMarcus Aldridge – $10.74 million
  • Marcus Camby – $10.66 million
  • Joel Przybilla – $7.41 million
  • Andre Miller – $7.27 million
  • Greg Oden – $6.76 million

Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge are beginning the first season of their new five year contract extensions. Marcus Camby is starting a two year contract. Andre Miller also has two years on his deal. Greg Oden is in the final season of his rookie scale contract. Joel Przybilla is an expiring contract too.

Those six players give us a sub-total of $55.99 million.

Rest Of Team’s Salaries

  • Martell Webster – $4.8 million
  • Jerryd Bayless – $2.29 million
  • Rudy Fernandez – $1.25 million
  • Nicolas Batum – $1.2 million
  • Dante Cunningham – $760k
  • Jeff Pendergraph – $760k

Jerryd Bayless, Rudy Fernandez and Nicolas Batum are still on their rookie scale contracts. Dante Cunningham is an expiring contract while Pendergraph has two years remaining on his deal. Martell Webster has three years left on his contract.

These six players create a sub-total of $11.06 million.

Other Costs

  • Draft Pick — Portland owns the #22 pick which holds a cap hold of $1.05 million
  • That gives Portland a roster of 13 players. If they signed two more minimum contract players, that would add another $1.7 million.

Which gives us an overall total of $69.8 million.

Note: Portland also has cap holds on Victor Claver, Petteri Koponen and Joel Freeland. A total of $2.75 million. It’s unclear whether any of them will be on the Blazers next year, and since the Blazers are not below the cap, I will not include him in the payroll for the time being.

Luxury Tax Threshold

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.

The luxury tax threshold for a $56.1 million cap is $68 million.

Blazers vs Luxury Tax Line

Portland is above the luxury tax threshold by $1.8 million.

Summer Options

Portland has the MLE available to them this summer.

  • The Blazers have a packed big man rotation with Oden, Aldridge, Camby and Przybilla. They also have further backup in Cunningham and Pendergraph.
  • Portland also has great depth on the wings with Roy, Batum, Webster and Fernandez. The Blazers could use with a non-rotation minimum contract player to provide depth (Ime Udoka?).
  • Portland has a starting point guard in Andre Miller and a non-rotation worthy guard in Jerryd Bayless (albeit someone with large potential).

The pair of guards is Portland’s biggest weakness. They should try to address that in the summer but I am doubtful about their intent. The Blazers have a lot of confidence in Andre Miller, wrongly so, and they need to give Bayless court time to continue developing. Most likely, Portland will only sign a third string point guard.

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