|Posted by dennee on June 18, 2012 at 11:05 PM|
There has been a number of entries lately about all the cap space that the Celtics have. Is there really that much?
The Celts have, since Bass opted out, 5 players under contract. Bradley, Moore, Johnson, Pierce, and Rondo. The contract for Moore is not completely guaranteed, but it is only 762 thousand anyway. All together, the 5 total 28.9 million. Of that, 16.8 million, or 58% belongs to Pierce. Since 07, the cap has hovered around 58 million. If it stays the same and the Celts stay within it (doubtful), Pierce would represent 29% of the total.
If the cap is 58 million and almost 29 million is committed, that only leaves 29. Divide that by the 10 players needed and that only works out to about 3 million each to spend without being back in luxury tax territory again. Wyc probably would not mind the tax if it would win a banner. Since the Celts have been over for several years and have not won another, I would not be surprised if Wyc suddenly got stingy. If he does, I would not expect a banner next year either.
I am not suggesting or calling for it, but I also would not be surprised if Pierce got traded or amnestied. Statistically he is still producing about the same as he ever has. But the foul outs/ trouble and the poor field goal percentages in the playoffs may be enough for the decision to make a complete overhaul.