Ferry really screwed the pooch with his retail therapy session the year before last. We are left with out a single real contributer other thann Hughes so-so play, no impact layer next to Bron, and we are in cap lock down until Bron's deal runs out I think. Sucks. Is this correct? Mac? Anyone? Ev'ry one?
Not officially. The final guaranteed year of LeBron's contract only has $40M on the books, but not many players under contract. If Z decides not to take his option then there's only $29M on the books.
I'm still convinced that Hughes' so-so play is due to the fact that he's not a fit for this team. He still does have trade value because other teams also know he's not a fit for us. His primary skill is penetration and not spot-up shooting. There are teams that have little or no penetrating players. Seattle is one, so I can see the Cavs pursuing a Rashard Lewis sign-and-trade with Hughes being the key component. The Cavs also have $3.4M in an ending contract next year that can assist in trades because Ira Newble's entering his last year. The Sonics also might be willing to swap Snow for Watson in a larger trade due to Snow's contract ending earlier.
Sasha Pavlovic also has some value in trade. I don't see him staying next year so the Cavs need to try to get something for him. He's out of position and works best as a small forward.