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Looking to free agency -- Houston edition

 

The elephant in the room is that we don't know how the new CBA will look.  That said let's take a look at how the key players (teams that may have cap-space to sign players above and beyond the mid-level exemption crowd) in the upcoming free agency market are positioned.

*note all salary numbers are from the team salary database located at www.shamsports.com

 

On the books: $46,035,499

The Rockets have 9 players on the books for next year with total salary commitments of $46,035,499

Kevin Martin                 $11,519,840

Luis Scola                    $8,591,793

Kyle Lowry                    $5,750,000

Hasheem Thabeet     $5,127,720

Brad Miller                    $4,752,000

Jordan Hill                    $2,855,760

Terrence Williams       $2,369,040

Patrick Patterson         $1,959,960

Courtney Lee               $2,225,093

 

Team options and unguaranteed deals:

Marcus Cousin (unknown min salary for the new CBA fully unguaranteed)

Marqus Blakely (unknown min salary for the new CBA fully unguaranteed)

Goran Dragic              $2,108,000 team option

Chase Budinger        $884,293 fully unguaranteed

 

 

Restricted Free Agents:

None

 

Unrestricted Free Agents:

Yao Ming

Jared Jeffries

Chuck Hayes

DeMarre Carroll

Mike Harris

 

2011 Draft picks:

14th, 23rd, and 38th overall

 

 

Trade Exceptions:

$443,640 T. Ariza

$7,354,500 S Battier

$473,604 I. Smith

$780,871 J. Taylor

 

Breakdown:

The Rockets have a few things going for them.  First if they pick up the option/don't waive Dragic and Budinger they will have only $49,027,792 on the books for 11 roster slots.  Fill in their two rookie scale first rounders (assuming 120% of rookie scale contract for each) and they'll be looking at 13 players at approx $52,150,312.  Hayes is an unrestricted free agent so they'll have some decisions to make.  They can aim to resign him, draft a 5, go with Miller/and Thabeet, and or make a run at one of the other free agent centers.  Overall Houston is looking at about the same situation as the Wolves....likely most of their roster already accounted for and low $50 millions in total cap used.

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