We need to add 5 players - including inactive list - before the season commences. One detractor to optimising through these positions is that there'll be no Summer League this year, which puts the ball and chain on our potential recruiting of young, low salary players.
As far as returning players go, I'd call it a safe assumption to include Shawne Williams, Jefferies, AC and perhaps Big Shelden as likelihoods.
But how will their salaries be divided monetarily?
Bar Shawne Williams, who I think should receive no less than $1.3M after last season's effort, the remainder of these fillers will have to receive between $500K and minimum wage. Which leads me to my next point:
The combination of the CBA's upheaval of salary structures, cap holds, MLE exclusion (potentially), and so on - in addition to a league wide drought of low post playing bigs - make it essential for us to obtain or retain as much braun as we can.
Do we bring back Shelden Williams knowing that he doesn't fit Mike's brand of mind boggling basketball?
And what about Jerome Jordan?
The Melo trade's reality sinks in on this season: we have as much flexibility in our roster as Donnie Walsh does in his hip.
My roster, which will still exceed the cap by my own estimate of $13M+, is as follows:
Ronny Turiaf - night on/night off - Jihad Jefferies
Fields - I have complete faith in his emergence.
Jerome Jordan - out of sheer necessity.
Rookie - whoever that might be? In dire need of an impact.
Patrick Ewing Jr.
And depending on the CBA having a hard cap, even that could be wishful thinking.
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