As if things couldn’t get any more awkward for the Celtics regarding Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, Mark Deeks and Larry Coon wrote a post on Sham Hoops describing each team’s salary cap situation heading into next season.
For those of you who didn’t know, an estimate of the salary cap figure was released earlier this week by the NBA. The cap isn’t going to change much–its only slightly higher than it was this season.
The cap is projected to rise to $58.5 million from $58.044 million this season. There’s a minor increase in the cap, meaning that some team’s flexibility hasn’t increased at all. We can include the Celtics in that group.
The Celtics have no projected cap space according to Sham Sports. The only way to get some is for the Celtics to dump Paul Pierce in some way and for Kevin Garnett to retire without receiving a dime from the Celtics.
If Paul Pierce is waived, that saves $10,333,334 (or $15,333,334 if done via the amnesty clause), and if Kevin Garnett retires without ever drawing another penny, that saves another $12,433,735. That plus some other smaller concurrent moves would mean it would be possible for the Celtics to have a small amount of cap room. But it is farfetched and not worth it.
Any offseason moves that the Celtics were expecting to make may need to be put on hold. The Celtics would have to do a lot to free any type of space up–that includes going after Paul Milsap.
The salary cap threshold–or, the ceiling–has increased to $71.6 million from $70.3 million this season. The Celtics are already over that figure as well, though. They will likely try to make minor moves to get under that total. There is no point in going above the tax for a team that will make it no higher than the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference next season.
Some trades and cuts will be done in short order for Boston. Look for things to be shaken up. To view the full report of the Celtics’ money situation, click this link.