This depends if Charlotte can continue to suck and Melo is willing to sign with us.
1- Proky wants Melo
3- Denver wants to stay competitive and shed salary
3 Way Deal
NJ Gets Melo (17M on the books this year, 18M player option next year signed to 3 year extension for 20M per) and Boris Diaw (9M this year, 2 more years left at 9M per)
Charlotte gets Devin Harris (9M this year + JR Smith 6M- expiring + Kris Humphries 3M Expiring. So Charlotte gets a former All star PG, younger than Wallace BTW and sheds 9M in salary for 2011
denver gets Gerald Wallace (9M + 2 more years left) + Troy Murphy (11M Expiring). Denver gets an all star player and 11M off the books for 2011
Obviously some draft picks need to be added there but I think this could work for all teams.
Does this handicap us long term. NO.
Why? Next year we would have 55M in salaries tied up to 10 players
2012 we would have 47M in salaries tied up to same 10 players- however 21M would be coming off the books at then end of the year in salaries (Diaw/morrow/farmar/petro)
We would be extremely competitve and have significant $ available for 2012 FA Class and or sign and trades.
Melo would only be 28, Favors 21, Lopez 24 with over 20M available for someone else…..
Feedback greatly appreciated