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“The minimum salary floor for a team in 2013 – 2014 will be 90% of the salary cap, or approximately $55 million. With two new first-round contracts in 2013, Cleveland employs 9 players for $33 million in 2013 – 2014. They include Varejao, Irving, Tristan, Dion, A-Gee, Miles and Zeller. There is $22 million that must be spent. Even if they bring some combination of Gibson, Casspi, Leuer and Samuels back; the number likely sits above $15 million. So this is really a CBA-mandate as opposed to a prediction, but a significant trade or free agent acquisition will occur in the next ten months. As a side note, if Cleveland trades Varejao, up to $30 million of new salary would inhabit the 2013 – 2014 roster compared to the opening-night-2012 crew.” [Hetrick/Cavs the Blog]
For you math fans- “As Moneyball has shown, sabermetrics and advanced statistics have become a big part in evaluating athletes, teams and matchups in all sports. So something new for this season is going to be a closer look at how those statistics are calculated, what exactly they mean, and just how our dear Cavs stack up against them.
I will be your guide throughout this process. In the real world, I am an engineer by training, and know a little bit about numbers and what to do with them. I’ve been both a Cavs and basketball fan for some time, and hope to use my skills and this column for the greater good. So let’s do some math.” [Nandoor/Stepien Rules]
“The biggest disappointment of the Cavaliers’ season will likely be a combination of things. I know that’s a cheap answer, but I’ll sum it up by saying “the trade deadline.” Why will that be the biggest disappointment? Because there’s so much potential for the Cavs to make a splash and move some of their assets — and I don’t think it happens. Anderson Varejao could get traded, but I doubt they get much more than a mid-first round pick. They have all that cap room, Luke Walton’s expiring deal, and Dan Gilbert’s willingness to spend — and I’m afraid they don’t get much to show for it. Josh Smith in a contract year could be a target. Rudy Gay could finally get traded. Danny Granger may be on the market. In the end, I think we’re all underwhelmed by the Cavaliers’ trade deadline exploits and end up having to wait until the summer for any serious moves to be made.” [Kaczmarek/Fear the Sword]
“Choo may be underrated by the baseball public, but I guarantee that he’s not underrated by other General Managers, who will be trying to outbid each other to land Choo next winter. By that time it’s likely that he’ll be on another club, as the combination of his pending free agency and a poor 2013 team outlook will probably prompt the Indians to deal him sooner or later.
Having Scott Boras as your agent does simplify your career path if you’re a good player. There have been exceptions (Jared Weaver to name one of them), but generally his clients eschew long-term contracts before free agency, even at times long-term contracts that don’t buy out any free agent years. That means that a player has the risk of waiting for that big payday until their late-20s or early-30s, but most of the time, it’s worked out. It is very rare for a Boras client to declare free agency and re-sign with his former club, much less a club that could be classified as small-market or mid-market.” [Ryan/Let's Go Tribe]
And finally…. Come On Cavs!