Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 11/18/14
ShamSports.com a website for basketball data and analysis is projecting the Cavs to have just over $19 million in cap space this summer. That number will more than likely grow if Mo Speights opts out of his deal that would have him earning just over $4.5 million in 2013-14. Throughout the rebuild process, Chris Grant and his staff have tried to stay as flexible as possible, acquiring assets, and reducing the amount of salary committed to the long term. The Cav’s salary cap picture looks as follows for the summer of 2013, this is with the inclusion of Speight’s contract and ShamSports.com’s projected cuts of CJ Miles and Chris Quinn.. Anderson Varejao: $9,036,364 Kyrie Irving: $5,607,240 Marreese Speights: $4,515,000 #1 pick: $4,436,900 Tristan Thompson: $4,062,000 Dion Waiters: $3,894,240 Alonzo Gee: $3,250,000 Tyler Zeller: $1,633,440 #19 pick: $1,223,200 Kevin Jones: $788,872 Roster charge: $490,180 Roster charge: $490,180 Total = $39,427,616 = $19,072,384 in cap room. If Speights decides to opt out, that number will grow to above $23 million in free cap space. The biggest names among unrestricted free agents include Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, Andrew Bynum, Al JEfferson, and Manu Ginobili. Paul, Howard, and Ginobili seem like unrealistic options for Chris Grant and his staff, while Josh Smith, Andrew Bynum, and Al Jefferson  are all wildcards. The Cavs will have to make some moves to upgrade a roster that won just 24 games this past season, while still leaving open the option to pursue LeBron James in the summer of 2014. [Related: The Cleveland Cavaliers should plan well for 2014 but not just LeBron James]
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