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Cap Situation and What It Means For Trade Possibilities


OK, guys, help me sort this one out.  Here's the Bobcats' salary numbers for this season...

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=9146

Add in Tyrus' $12.4 million (that is the first year number, right?) and Shaun Livingston's first year ($3.5 million?) and that has us sitting at $82.8 mil with a luxury tax mark of $70.3 mil.  That's $12 million over the tax line.  No way MJ pays tax on this squad as constructed.  Plus, the Observer is reporting that we can't package Dampier's deal with other salary in a trade for 60 days per league rules.  That leaves us with basically two options that I can see...

1. Trade the Dampier contract for a star-level player in one of these crazy trades that have been batted around, keeping us in tax territory but doing so for a star player and a top-tier team (which MJ has said he would do).

or

2. Waive Dampier, get back under the cap, and go with the team as constructed, with a smaller move to perhaps flip Diaw or Nazr's expiring and maybe one of our ugh contracts for someone who would be our starting center. 

Given the circumstances, number 2 seems much more likely to me.  Without the ability to pair Dampier's contract with others, I can't see any teams going in on a big deal.  Yet, if we move ahead as we are, then we've traded our biggest expiring contract in a deal that really doesn't improve the squad from last year. 

I was really pumped during all the discussions yesterday, but the more I look at the numbers the more I wonder if we can make it work.  Surely, though, MJ and the front office have a plan for this one that's more than just buying out Dampier and running with what we've got?  What am I missing, guys?

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