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Ainge may get the last laugh on Riley?

Posted by shawn cassidy on April 9, 2013 at 5:15 AM

Danny Ainge has crafted a team that was supposed to compete this year, and for the next two seasons. This year is up in the air, but as Paul Pierce said this team will be a tough out in the playoffs.

"I feel good. I know when we're all out there, we're as tough as anybody in the East to beat. Especially with Kevin's presence. We're not going anywhere without Kevin's presence, just to be honest with you."

I think the biggest concern when you look at the current salaries is Paul Pierce. He's still playing at a high level, and he can hang with most great players. He's set to make 15.3 million in his last year of his contract in 2013-14. With that said for one more season it's okay by me. KG's 11.5 million is worth paying knowing what he means to this team as a leader. I think the Wizards game was recent prof of that. If you look away from KG and Pierce's contracts. Danny has a few guys in here on good discount deals. Rondo of course is the first discount deal. He's arguably a top five point guard, and in the playoffs he's been the best point guard, and one of the best players on the planet. In the next two seasons Rondo will make 12 million next season, and 13 million in his last year.

Another contract that seems like a steal is Jeff Green's. If Green becomes the player that some think he can be. Then paying Jeff Green over 8 million a season is more then worth it. Bradley and Sully are on rookie contracts for the next two seasons after the 2013 season. Bradley will have a chance in the summer of 2014 to go elsewhere, but if he takes the next step. It will be worth the money if the C's pay him a little more. Bass will earn a little over 6 million a season, and if he returns to his 2012 form then it's worth the contract. Crawford and Lee are two other guys who are playing here on decent contracts.  You can look a the salaries and guys who are set to be in Green for the next few seasons. I'm a little concerned next season because the Celtics are already set to pay 73 million in payroll next year. They pay 75 this season. They have 12 guys signed for next year. Three more players for 1.2 million or so a season puts them a little bit over this years totals, but with the harsh labor rules coming into effect. The Celtics may look at a Jason Terry and let him go. They have an amnesty to use. Every team gets one to use after the new labor laws.

The Celtics have a strong team next year, and with that said what about the Heat's salary?

The Miami Heat,  may simply not be able to afford to keep LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh together to make multiple runs at the title, or,  they may not be able to surround them with anything more than minimum-salaried players. So no Ray Allen, or Shane Battier.

From Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated:

As a repeat taxpayer, the Heat will be facing the highest incremental tax rates in NBA history. If, for example, the luxury-tax threshold is established at $75 million — a highly optimistic gain of roughly $5 million from this season — the Heat could be faced with a tax bill approaching $48 million. In total, they would be paying $141.3 million for 12 players.

“They’re going to have to break up their team,” predicted a rival general manager who has done the math.

Unless the NBA’s financial circumstances improve over the next couple of years, Arison will be faced with two unhappy choices: The Heat could run a big deficit in 2014-15 to pursue the championship, or he could break up their winning roster by way of trades, amnesty or by not re-signing James, Wade or Bosh, should they exercise their options to become free agents in 2014.

The Heat's window is smaller then expected. Right now they're expected to pay a little over 76 million for seven players in 2014-15 when this kicks in. Next season could be the last year of the Big Three, and perhaps this year if the Heat act early and part ways with some players. Rumors have James returning to Cleveland after the 2013-14 season, and that won't happen right? I believe the Celtics, and other teams have built their teams correctly with the new labor laws. The Celtics are deep, and especially next season when Rondo and Sully return. This season could end up with the Celtics losing, like many believe. But the future is still bright.


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Reply rcraig617
12:08 AM on April 10, 2013 
I believe next year we'll be as tough as we've been in recent years. We'll have rondo and sully back, bradley will have a summer to work on his game, and I think next year or I should say i'm hoping doc uses melo. He's big enough and athletic enough to rebound and he will be a shotblocker which we really haven't had in the past couple of years.