If the math I'm doing is correct, why don't have enough assets to swing for the fences and try to bring in Lebron and another max deal player?
The belief has been that the Cavs would rather let Lebron walk than get back mediocre pieces that eat cap space in a sign and trade. Plus they don't want anyone else to be able to offer 6 years to Lebron. So with approximately $20 million in cap space, we can sign Lebron outright. If we are able to woo Lebron and lay out our plan, I think we have enough to bring in a big like Bosh or Stoudemire.
As for acquiring another piece, we have McGee, Young, and Thornton combining for about $7 million. We would still have about $3 million in cap space after signing Lebron. We have a $6 million dollar trade exception. That adds up to $16 million in salary we can take back in one deal. That's about how much we would need for another max player. We also have the sign and trade rights to Josh Howard and Mike Miller to further add to any package.
Maybe throw in future draft picks. Toronto seems to have accepted that they will sign and trade Bosh. Could the really turn down a combo of 1st rounders that includes SG, SF, an athletic 7 footer, and future picks? I think Phoenix could be more picky, but I feel like Amare could potentially push the issue more to force the organization to make the deal. This could be a championship roster where the top 4 would be locked up for at least 4 years:
The rest of the roster will take care of itself. We'll have the #30 and #34 picks. We can still bring over Preldzic and Veremeenko. That's 9 players. Then bring in 3 more minimum salary guys to fill out the roster. Plus we will still have our $4.5 million and $1.4 million exceptions to keep making moves. Next year, we will have the MLE to keep building.