Not sure if this question can be answered here but I'll give it a shot anyway. My question pertains to Cap Holds and Free Agency, specifically pertaining to Pierce, Garnett and Terry.
When "The Trade" first went through, most believed that the Nets were mortgaging their ability to improve after this year (picks not included) because of how much cap space Pierce, Garnett and Terry were going to take up above the cap limit. The way I saw it was that when all three became free agents, we could use their cap holds to get other big time players if we did not want to keep them or they wanted to retire/leave.
Pierce's cap hold for this offseason is 19,136,250 and Garnett's and Terry's next offseason are 18,000,000 and 8,775,470 respectively.
I know that if we renounced their rights, they sign with another team or we resign any of them, this point is mute; however, if we still have their cap holds, is it possible to use those cap holds to sign other players with those cap holds? For instance, could we sign Rudy Gay this offseason with Pierce's cap hold (not a suggestion, just to make the numbers match closely) and then let Pierce walk? In this scenario, we can GREATLY improve the team over the next two offseasons just by letting Pierce, Garnett and Terry walk when they are ready to retire/have nothing left in the tank
I've tried to read as much about Cap Holds and Player Free Agency as possible to get an answer but I haven't found anything concrete. I feel like this is a major detail people viewing the trade have not really accounted for. Brooklyn can and will attract the best of free agents in the market and if we have the ability to improve via these Cap Holds, we will improve drastically even if "The Trade" does not pan out as expected.
This is solely a post about the future. I feel very strongly about this team for this year and I still feel like the rest of the world is sleeping on this team. If Pierce and Garnett have gas left in the tank, there are very few players I would want on this team after them, but beyond this year, we can never be sure.
Any help would be greatly appreciated