In the space below, I've adapted the Spurs salary chart from shamsports.com. (Not familiar with Sham? If you're into intelligent basketball coverage from a British bloke with a potty mouth and wry sense of humor, he's your chap.) As you'll see, there are a number of 2010 conversation starters in the table. As things progress, we'll deal with many of them in a piecemeal fashion.
Blue - team option; Green - player option; Red - Qualifying offer; Grey - non-guaranteed; Mauve - Early termination
Since this chart was last updated, the Spurs signed Blake Ahearn to a 2 year non-guaranteed contract. According to ESPN, the first year of the contract is worth $631,995, which should put the second year of the deal at approximately $700,000. All together:
|Salary||$69, 382, 520||$71, 009, 916||$34, 745, 399||$22, 690, 906|
|...w/o Options||$69, 382, 520||$68, 509, 916||$32, 350, 000||$21, 300, 000|
Looking at the chart, here are some of the story lines that jump out at me:
- Will Finley pick up his option?
- How much of Oberto's contract is guaranteed?
- Would Ime Udoka be agreeable to a higher-than-market-value 1 year contract instead of a multi-year deal? Would the Spurs do this for his Bird Rights?
- If the Spurs extend Ginobili, are they kissing this 2010 business good-bye?
- How much exception money should the Spurs spend, and on whom?
- Ginobili's market value in 2010? Fantastic player, but old, injury-prone and plays a relatively low amount of minutes for a big dollar guy? In short, what's the value of his Manu-ness?
- Is it possible for the Spurs to re-sign Roger Mason?
- Hill will take a pay cut in 2010, making him one of the best deals in the league.
- How will the Spurs fill out the rest of their roster?
- The improbable signing of Tiago Splitter to a rookie contract would be an absolute home run, despite the long odds.
- Would Peter Holt be willing/able to take a one or two year tax hit in exchange for extending the championship window by several seasons--in other words, would long-term playoff revenue and merchandise sales offset immediate tax losses?