For those just seeing one of these, I'm going team by team thru the entire league & taking a closer look at each teams roster, free agent list & possible protected list for the expansion draft coming up in June.
The info I'm using comes from the following sites.
From NBA.com, a story on the Bobcats draft.
This paragraph has the basic info.
Charlotte will receive lists from each of the 27 teams not competing in the NBA Finals 10 days prior to the scheduled Expansion Draft (June 12) and those from the competing teams in the Finals within two days of the conclusion of the Finals. Team lists will designate a maximum of eight protected players for that teamís players under contract or restricted free agents for the 2004-05 NBA season. The unprotected players are eligible for selection by the Bobcats, who will draft a minimum of 14 players from NBA rosters.
Free agent info from REAL GM.
Salary info from Hoops Hype.
Here is the roster for the Dallas Mavericks
Of the 15 players on the Dallas roster, 3 fall into the free agent catagory. Jon Stefansson is listed on REAL GM as being signed thru the 07-08 season, that is a big surprise to me. The Mav's can protect 8 of the 12 on their payroll for next season.
I've heard different reports on Nash. Hoops Hype list him as having a "player option" for next season & REAL GM kindda backs that up when they don't name him amongst the Mav's free agents. I have read where some teams (Phoenix for one) will be trying to sign him this summer. As of now I will not consider him a free agent.
Under contract for 2004-2005
Antoine Walker ------- $14,625,000
Michael Finley --------- $14,609,375
Dirk Nowitzki ---------- $12,584,688
Antawn Jamison ------ $12,584,688
Tariq Abdul-Wahad --- $ 6,750,000
Steve Nash ------------- $ 5,750,000
Danny Fortson --------- $ 5,922,078
Shawn Bradley --------- $ 4,000,000
Eduardo Najera -------- $ 3,809,525
Tony Delk ---------------- $ 3,150,000
Josh Howard -------------- $ 823,640
Jon Stefansson ----------- Not Listed
This is almost too easy.
Walker, Finley, Nowitzki, Jamison, Nash, Najera & Howard are the 7 that make it without question.
I think it would be safe to say that Tariq Abdul-Wahad & Jon Stefansson won't make the list.
The borderline guys would be Danny Fortson, Shawn Bradley & Tony Delk.
With a payroll next season of more than $84M & Mark Cuban as the owner, money will not be an over riding factor in who gets protected & who doesn't.
I think the skills that Delk brings to the team can more easily be covered by other players so I would make him the third of the four available to the Bobcats.
Fortson or Bradley?
One is protected, one is not.
I'll give that last spot to Bradley just because at 7-6 he can change the game more than Fortson can. Bradley might cause some team to make a deal with the BobCats to get him. I don't see that happening with Fortson.
So the guys that Dallas hangs out there for the taking are.....
Tony Delk is an easy choice for the Bobcats.
I know he makes a little more than they would like to spend but he has just two years remaining on his deal ($3,150,000 & $3,375,000).
Like the Kevin Ollie pick up from Cleveland he is a vet that can help tutor the kids that Charlotte will be bringing in.
The expansion draft to date.
Atlanta --------- No Pick
Boston --------- C Kedrick Perkins
Chicago -------- No Pick
Cleveland ------ G Kevin Ollie
Dallas ---------- G Tony Delk
Next up the Denver Nuggets