BACK LOADED CONTRACT!!!!!
3 Words... Want to guess what they are?
Let's take what we know:
The Hawks will have 63.6M tied up into 8 players next year. Let's estimate that the Luxury Tax limit for next year is at 72M. This gives the Hawks about 8.4M to spend on 4 players. If they can get 3 of those players for about 3.4 million, that will leave about 5M for Crawford. They can then backload Jamal's contract. Let's say the Hawks can sign him for a 3 year, 24M contract. Normally, this deal would be 8M a year, but if they move 3M from the first year and add it to the last year (so that the first year is 5M and the last year is 11M) then everything works.
Now, what we don't know:
1) How much is Jamal worth (and no one will know this if he wants the deal done before the season's end.) He is a 30 y/o (by the end of the season) combo guard that's best as a 6th man.
2) What's the exact cut off for the luxury tax. The 72M I used earlier was just a guestimate based on previous trends.
3) The growth of Teauge and JC2 (not sure this is going to happen in high yield by the trade deadline)
4) Crawford play this year. Was last year a one-hit-wonder for for JC or can he keep it up for another half a year before the trade deadline ends.
5) If the Hawks will go into the Luxury Tax. 1M or 2M over may be worth it to have a young, 53-win, 3rd seed, playoff team with room to grow inside of their current roster.
My current synopsis: As us Hawks fans spread panic and everyone gets their panties in a funk, the ASG is making the right move (at least this time) in resigning Horford and putting Crawford on ice until they either get a trade proposal that that betters the team (not cuts salary) and/or see how the year unfolds.
Sell your first round draft pick or trade it for a lower pick and cash. Very unlikely this pick will see the floor anyway :-/
Okay, let's hear it!!