We should make a trade with Atlanta if possible. That team may have reached its ceiling this year and decide to break it up this summer. They have a very expensive unit and will have to shed payroll. We would absorb Johnson's horrible contract in the process.
1 or 2 first round picks
We can give them assets or whatever it takes, while not giving them something too valuable (ie Granger or George) because Johnson's contract is so bad. It blows up to $25mil in 2014. That might be half the cap that year. We should be compensated for taking on that contract that could cripple a franchise. We get Horford or Smith and hope Joe Johnson still keeps ballin.
Atlanta will get good cheap talent with plenty of potential AND get huge cap savings. Their payroll will drop to $35mil- which is what we will have at the beginning of the summer. We are all saying how much space we have and they will be in an envious spot.
1: Hinrich / Teague
2: BRush (maybe PG)
3: Marvin Williams
4: Josh Smith / Hansbrough
They could use their 1st round picks and cap space to get a center and upgrade their point guard. Maybe they could somehow get Kaman from LA with the draft picks if we do a 3-way trade.
We would basically swap salary positions and have $50 mil tied up with JJ+Horford+Granger. I think that is a formidable trio in this league that could basically equal Atlanta's success. The beauty of this trade is that we have the roster to make it work.
No one knows what the new cap will look like but considering almost every team has more than $50mil right now, I think they will have a provision where teams can still resign their own players by paying them above $50mil for the next couple of seasons until they 'phase out' old contracts. We can then still sign Hibbert, Collison, and McRoberts (hopefully this summer) to post-CBA smaller contracts and be within whatever cap limits there will be.
This is much better than Atlanta's roster could have been with such a big contract.
1: Collison / Price
2: Johnson / George
3: Granger / Jones
4: Horford / McRoberts
5: Hibbert / Stanko??
To me this would be the best way to approach the summer and resist free agency.
This might seem overly optimistic but I think such a horrible contract is going to seem like a cancer in the new cba. This trade should help both teams going forward. We upgrade our 2 and 4 instantly.
And maybe throw in PG if you have to make it work.
oh and GO PACERS