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Here are all the relevant details:We currently have 107.3M committed to 11 players for 2018-19. The luxury tax threshold should be around 120M. So that leaves us about 12.7M of space below the threshold with which to fill the remaining 4 slots.Our options for filling those 4 open roster slots and chewing up that salary space will include:Marcus Smart, Restricted Free Agent w/Bird Rights.Aron Baynes, Unrestricted Free Agent, no Bird Rights.Shane Larkin, Unrestricted Free Agent, no Bird Rights.Boston Celtics 2018 1st round pick which will have a roughly ~1.5M cap hit.LAL18 pick (if it conveys) which will have anywhere from a 4M to a 7M cap hit. Or none.I suspect Marcus will be trying to get Gary Harris size money, which would be a hit on the order of 12-15M per year.Given that Baynes is a UFA and we will not have his Bird Rights, the maximum we would be able to pay him will be via the Mid Level Exception, which should be around 8.4M. I have a hard time thinking he won't get paid that much if he continues to play at his current level.Larkin probably has to go look for another job elsewhere or sign another vet minimum contract to stay with us. And of course if the LAL18 pick conveys, then that will have a pretty big impact on this.It's really hard to envision how they can sign both Smart and Baynes and stay under the tax threshold. Keep in mind also, when proposing solutions, that the following year will be the option years of both Al Horford and Kyrie Irving as well as the RFA years of Rozier and Theis.
Please keep Aron Baynes.I think we can find another breed of Marcus Smart out there.
They can keep both and pay tax, but that's missing the forest through the trees. Cs, barring trades, are going to have big pay days down the road with Brown, Tatum, and Irving. That's what danny is looking at, not next season. In that context, why pay Smart big bucks if he hasn't found a way to put the ball through the hole after 4 years?He shoots 76%+ from the FT line for his career and 79% after his rookie year, but when he's moving he can't stop himself from taking some bizarre shots. For some people the game never slows down... It's too bad, because he'd be a very good player if he was just an average shooter. Unfortunately, he's shooting worse this year and his TS% has gone down every single year.