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An in depth look at each team's off season financial flexibility and what it might mean for the Jazz.
New York Knicks
Total Salaries and Holds: $79,591,312
Estimated Amount over the Luxury Tax Line: $6,591,312
Summary: Like the Lakers and Nets, the Knicks are way over the luxury tax line. They similarly don't care.
Renounced Free Agents/Cap Holds: Kurt Thomas ($1.8mm), Chris Copeland ($988k), Pablo Prigioni ($988k). None of these guys are likely to return or at least significantly affect the salary obligations.
Amnesty Candidates: Not eligible.
Player Options: J.R. Smith has the ability to test free agency and he may do so, as at the very least, he may want long term security.
Jazz Free Agent Signings: The Knicks have almost no ability or need to sign the Jazz free agents.
Jazz Trade Options: The Knicks are above the tax and a sign and trade will likely be impossible.
Jazz Contract Dumps: Should the Knicks look to upgrade some positions they may be willing to dump a player like Steve Novak or Ray Felton on the Jazz. Both are fairly paid, so this seems unlikely.
Total Salaries and Holds: $65,098,952
Cap Room: - $5,098,952
Summary: The Sixers' complete financial and competitive future are both based on Andrew Bynum. While he is an unrestricted free agent this year, I've assumed he will re-sign and placed his cap hold into the calculations.
Amnesty Candidates: Not eligible.
Player Options: Kwame Brown will not get $2.9 million from another team, so expect him to opt in to stay with the Sixers.
Jazz Free Agent Signings: The Sixers ability, and desire, to sign a Jazz free agent depends entirely on Andrew Bynum. Should they re-sign him, then there is no issue. Should he walk, they may want to get in on the Al Jefferson derby. Right now they'd only be able to offer a starting salary to Jefferson of about $12 million, but if they were able to unload some mid-ranged players like Allen or Brown, then they could make Jefferson a competitive offer.
Jazz Trade Options: The Sixers may have interest in a sign and trade for either Al (if they don't re-sign Bynum) or Millsap, if they see him as an upgrade at the power forward position. Unless the Jazz have interest in a Lavoy Allen or Evan Turner, a deal would seem unlikely.
Jazz Contract Dumps: The Sixers may wish to dump Richardson or Hawes, but their draft pick is already contingently owed to Miami, so an arrangement that entices the Jazz seems unlikely.
Total Salaries and Holds: $71,873,939
Cap Room: - $11,873,939
Summary: Toronto is right on the cusp of the luxury tax line and is seemingly unabashedly trying to find a way to dump Andrea Bargnani's contract.
Amnesty Candidates: Bargnani is eligible to be amnestied and if they cannot find someone to take his full salary this may be an option to get his contract off the books and also get another team to pick him up and partially assume his contract. Being below the salary cap would allow the Jazz to bid on Bargnani in an amensty waiver process if that happened.
Player Options: Both Gray and Kleiza have options and will likely choose to stay with Toronto next season.
Jazz Free Agent Signings: The Raptors lack the financial flexibility to make a run at any of the Jazz's free agents.
Jazz Trade Options: A sign and trade would be possible for the Jazz, if the Raptors expressed interest in any of our big men. Unless the Jazz would like to trade for Bargnani or DeRozan, a trade seems unlikely.
Jazz Contract Dumps: The Raptors could call the Jazz about dumping Bargnani or DeRozan, but this is likely a worst case scenario for the Jazz in terms of acquiring contracts.