Enjoying all the trade noise hoopla? Good. That's the idea.
Entertainment Value, ladies and gentlemen.
[Delusional Mythology and Mindless Consumption]
Still waiting for the Chris Kaman acquisition despite his very vocal opposition to playing for the Warriors. Insert any other NBA name in Kaman's place in the previous sentence, as long as it's not Dwight Howard's name. But when March 15th passes and the Warriors have made absolutely no significant moves, for talent or for salary flexibility, you can also close the book on the entire 2012 offseason. You're looking at the 2012-13 roster, folks.
All current contracts total about $48 million. Maybe a little more than that.
(Credit as always to Sham)
Guess who this accounts for. I'll tell you:
1. David Lee
2. Monta Ellis
3. Andris Biedrins
4. Dorell Wright
5. Ekpe Udoh
6. Stephen Curry
7. Klay Thompson
8. Jeremy Tyler
9. Charles Jenkins (unguaranteed before August something)
So Charles Jenkins will be waived, but not for big offers to anyone.
Just so the team can max out on offers to these guys:
10. Kwame Brown
11. Brandon Rush
12. Chris Wright
13. Dominic McGuire
14. Nate Robinson
Total cap hold total for this second group: $18+ million.
Tack on ONE more roster slot minimum hold (team carries 14 as a rule of late though) if you like, either way this team is already frozen for the offseason. Next year's cap might go up a little but the Warriors have no room still. If it goes down or stays the same, even worse. $66 million stays over cap, under luxury tax, and out of the playoffs. Same Old Shit.
That group of five players, along with Shitwing Klay Thompson and irrelevant Ekpe Udoh, are all the Warriors PR Team has going for it right now. Go ahead and waive that group of five guys. Then you have $10 million to offer to a difference maker (won't make a difference, as we just found out). But this team won't do that. It will overcommit to Brandon Rush based upon his contract/career year and it will overcommit to Dominic McGuire based upon absolutely nothing but self-delusion and it will overcommit to Kwame Brown based upon the current season's Woe-is-Us narrative about his brilliance and it will overcommit to Chris Wright because Ooooh That Athleticism and Upside! and it will overcommit to Nate Robinson because Ooooh Cute a Widdle Puppy Dawg!
And we're done here.
Beyond worse than Cohan. Ray Ridder is in charge. And it's glorious.
Oh and did I fail to mention that Stephen Curry is eligible for and demanding his maximum contract extension this offseason, too? So the cap hell goes on for a LONG time after this. Keep waiting, suckers. Keep waiting.