Assuming a salary cap that's around $70MM, If you could remove any 3 players from this team, taking salary/productivity/role into account, who would they be? The goal is to create the best team in the shortest amount of time while maintaining as much cap flexibility as possible.
Things to consider- sure Okafor makes a lot of money, but he's also an amazingly consistent double/double threat with great character who anchors a top-5 defense. Sure Vesely is a non-contributor now, but is the sample size really worth giving up on him and saying there is no potential there for a breakout (every Wizards fan knows how many times we've given up on players who seemingly found their way on other teams).
Also, take future salary into account. Do you think Ariza (who is clearly a significant contributor to this team) signs a more reasonable contract in the future? Does Seraphin demand a big raise after next year? If you believe either answer is yes, do you try to trade now before your back is against the wall- and try to get somewhat some value?
Also, there is going to be a lottery pick on the way that needs to be accounted for...making someone's current role shrink....and I'm assuming everone wants Martell to stay with a raise in order. So what now?
For what it's worth, I'd remove Ariza (who I really like a lot in the short term, but whose salary is very high now and likely won't drop too much a year from now- i.e., get some value and find a team looking for big cap relief after 2013-2014. We could either take a shot at finding another Martell), Singleton (who I think has hit his potential- he's decent, but 2nd unit needs an upgrade on offense and thus he becomes expendable) and Martin (not sure what his role is anymore). I suppose Vesely should be an easy answer, but he has no trade value and for some reason, I think that dude has potential (not sure why, but I do)
|Player||Cap Hit||2012-13||2013-14||2014-15||2015-16||2016-17||Signed Using||Guaranteed|
|Emeka Okafor*||$13,490,000||$13,490,000||$14,487,500||Bird Rights||$27,977,500|
|Nene Hilario*||$13,000,000||$13,000,000||$13,000,000||$13,000,000||$13,000,000||Bird Rights||$52,000,000|
|John Wall*||$5,915,880||$5,915,880||$7,459,925||1st Round Pick||$13,375,805|
|Bradley Beal*||$4,133,280||$4,133,280||$4,319,280||$4,505,280||$5,694,674||1st Round Pick||$8,452,560|
|Jan Vesely*||$3,202,920||$3,202,920||$3,340,920||$4,236,287||1st Round Pick||$6,543,840|
|1st Round Pick||$4,558,714|
|Chris Singleton*||$1,551,840||$1,551,840||$1,618,680||$2,489,530||1st Round Pick||$3,170,520|
|Trevor Booker*||$1,385,280||$1,385,280||$2,350,820||1st Round Pick||$3,736,100|
|Leandro Barbosa*||$854,389||$1,229,255||Minimum Salary||$854,389|
|Jason Collins*||$854,389||$1,352,181||Minimum Salary||$854,389|
|A.J. Price*||$854,389||$885,120||Minimum Salary||$854,389|
|Cartier Martin*||$854,389||$915,852||Minimum Salary||$854,389|
|Garrett Temple*||$572,943||$572,943||Minimum Salary||$572,943|