Tuesday, July 3, 2012
What about the rest of the roster?
By Mike Mazzeo
It's little more than a pipe dream at this point.
But let's say the Nets are able to land Dwight Howard to go along with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace, forming the Fantastic Four.
Then what? How do they fill out the rest of the roster?
The Nets currently have the $5 million mid-level exception and $1.95 million bi-annual exception at their disposal.
The mid-level is expected to go to Bosnian stretch forward Mirza Teletovic. Jason Kidd wants to back up Williams, so perhaps he gets the bi-annual? At that point, the Nets would have six players under contract.
They also have two trade exceptions ($3 million and $1.3 million), which were created when Mehmet Okur and Shawne Williams were sent to Portland for Gerald Wallace. One will be used to acquire Reggie Evans from the Clippers in a sign-and-trade.
Beyond that, the Nets would only be able to spend the minimum salary on players (including their three second-round picks; Tyshawn Taylor is expected to be the only one to play on the roster next season) since they'd be over the salary cap.
Players on the Nets' summer league roster, such as Adam Morrison and Julian Wright, are candidates to fill those remaining spots.
Thanks to ESPN CBA guru Larry Coon for his help with this post.