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Rocket's Cap Situation

So I just read the ESPN article talking about best fits for Dwight Howard, and its claim that Houston wouldn't have enough cap space to offer Dwight the max got me thinking. I put together a spreadsheet of our 7 contracts that are guaranteed for next year, as well as four contracts that aren't guaranteed, but that we would be fools not to pick up (Beverley, Anderson, Parsons, Smith). Note that Jones, Robinson and Motiejunas have team options for '14-'15 (those will all be exercised) and Greg Smith is a restricted free agent in '14-'15 (shudder). I'll also mention that the NBA Salary Cap has been 58.0 million for the last three years. I have no idea if it will go up next year. This spreadsheet also doesn't account for buyouts that count against the cap (I believe Honeycutt still counts 100k against our '13-'14 cap, and I assume we won't exercise Brooks' and Delfino's options, but am unsure what, if any, cap hit we will take for that). Not taking buyouts and salary cap raises into account, we could offer Dwight about $16 million a year without having to trade anyone. Assuming he wants the max, if we wanted him we would have to sign-and-trade (I'm not sure if Lakers are allowed to do that under the new CBA) or free up salary. My best guess is that Robinson, due to his larger contract, would get jettisoned for a future first.

Position Starter Backup Positional Salary
Point Guard Jeremy Lin Patrick Beverley
'13-'14 $8,374,646 $788,872 $9,163,518
'14-'15 $8,374,646 $915,243 $9,289,889
Shooting Guard James Harden James Anderson
'13-'14 $13,668,750 $916,099 $14,584,849
'14-'15 $14,693,906 $981,084 $15,674,990
Small Forward Chandler Parsons Terrence Jones
'13-'14 $926,500 $1,551,840 $2,478,340
'14-'15 $964,750 $1,618,680 $2,583,430
Power Forward Thomas Robinson Donatas Motiejunas
'13-'14 $3,526,440 $1,422,720 $4,949,160
'14-'15 $3,678,360 $1,483,920 $5,162,280
Center Omer Asik Greg Smith
'13-'14 $8,374,646 $884,293 $9,258,939
'14-'15 $8,374,646 $1,148,163 $9,522,809
Wellness Coordinator Royce White
'13-'14 $1,719,480 $1,719,480
'14-'15 Team Option Declined #BeWell
'13-'14 Total $42,154,286
'14-'15 Total $42,233,398

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