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So per this article if we did indeed trade Jefferies and Hill we would get hit with a close to 4 million dollar penalty for having too few players on our roster! Meaning if the cap comes in at 54 million we have just 33 million as opposed to 36 and change to spend. That Hurts!!!
LJ let us know if this is true!
The good news is that it would only cost us 10.5 million to retain Lee's Bird rights, so if push comes to shove and Lee does not want to do the whole backloaded contract deal, we could retain him for 10.5 sign other players and then give Lee the salary he may want. This is not the prefeered rout to me, because it could essentially mean we paid 20+ million for David Lee, but it does look as if are chances of retaining him is much better. I do think that David wants to win in NY and could be flexiable, but if not we do have a good option
Now the only thing is to get this Jefferies deal done!